David Avanesyan's world title pursuit continues after second-round stoppage victory over Liam Taylor — and Newark trainer Carl Greaves offers his full support
Carl Greaves is targeting a world title shot for boxer David Avanesyan after his dominant defence of his European title on Saturday night.
Trainer Greaves, of Newark, watched on from the corner as Avanesyan ruthlessly defended his title for a fourth time, forcing a second-round stoppage at Liam Taylor’s expense at The SSE Arena, Wembley.
Avanesyan (28-3-1) set the pace from the first bell and, at the end of a fiery opening round, the Russian-born welterweight rocked Taylor with a right hand.
Having been somewhat saved by the bell, the fast tempo — from both fighters — continued into the second round when Avanesyan stopped the Lancashire fighter with a flurry of hooks at the ropes.
Greaves said: “It was a dominant performance and he looked as strong as ever.
“I was always confident he was going to stop him, I just didn’t think it would be as early as it was.
“It was a good statement though because Liam brought it to him.
“We are talking about five stoppages back-to-back at this level now.
“People can say it was the wrong approach, but how else was Liam going to beat David? He wouldn’t have been able to keep him off him for long, even if he did try to outbox him.
“Liam isn’t a back foot boxer, he wants to come forward when he fights and I admire him for trying to catch David early.”
Greaves also explored Avanesyan’s immediate future after what was his 16th win by knockout.
“For David, it is a case of just pushing on,” he said. “He really wants the world title — and I want it for him as well.
“If someone is brave enough to give him a voluntary defence, it will be an easy job, but he is a risky opponent for everybody.
“You never know, he might get it, but as it stands nobody is calling out his name.
“He is an avoided fighter and that is why I give Liam Taylor my full respect.
“As I have said before, if we can’t move on, we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing (until the big opportunity comes up).”
Speaking to Sky Sports after the victory, Avanesyan’s manager Marsh said: “The only ones that we think could withhold him is possibly Errol Spence and Terence Crawford, but they would be in a fight of their lives.
“If they didn’t turn up, the same result would happen.
“Listen, David wants any of them. Yordenis Ugas seems to be the easiest [to make] because Spence is a bit unsure with his career and I don’t think there’s a fight scheduled.
“Terence Crawford is scheduled to fight Shawn Porter, so the obvious one is the one who has just boxed against a legend. His profile has gone through the roof.
“He looks a good fighter, so yes, we are just trying to pick potentially the easy one to get hold of, more than necessarily the easiest opponent.”
The 33-year-old Avanesyan has previously eyed Conor Benn as a potential opponent, but Marsh said Avanesyan’s latest win would have provided a stern warning to the Brit.
Marsh said: “I don’t want to alienate Conor because we respect him.
“But Conor already said in the changing room of the Josh Kelly fight, ‘he’s a beast.’
“I would expect that Conor sat there with his mates or his family thinking, ‘I don’t want none of that smoke.’
“Who blames him.”