Avanesyan vs Lejarraga : Kerman Lejarraga will get a chance to avenge his only pro defeat this fall in a bid to recapture the EBU European welterweight title.
Date: Saturday, September 28
Time: 9 PM ET
TV: FOX PPV
Live Stream: Avanesyan vs Lejarraga Live
Lejarraga will face David Avanesyan on September 28 in Bilbao, Spain in a rematch of their March 30 fight which also took place in Bilbao. The winner of the rematch, however, will have to face mandatory challenger Josh Kelly,
The first between the two was a competitive back-and-forth contest until Avanesyan was able to stop him in the ninth round to win the EBU title. Lejarraga was actually ahead on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage, leading the fight with scores of 77-74, 76-75 and 76-75.
Since then, Lejarraga has gone on to fight once more in June. That fight saw him go up to junior middleweight and knock out Luis Solis late in the fourth round to capture the WBC Latino title. Lejarraga is currently ranked No. 10 by the WBC at welterweight.
Avanesyan, a former interim WBA welterweight titleholder, has faced a number of notable names throughout his career, including Lamont Peterson and Egidijus Kavaliauskas, and even owns a win over Shane Mosley back in 2016 that retired the multi-time world champion. Avanesyan is ranked No. 8 by the WBC, No. 12 by the WBA and No. 7 at 147 pounds.
Welterweight contender Kerman “The Revolver” Lejarraga (27-0, 22 KOs) returns to the ring tomorrow, March 30, battling former world champion David Avanesyan (23-3-1, 11 KOs), of Tabynskoe, Russia, in front of an expected massive crowd at the Bilbao Arena in Bilbao, Spain. The 12-round clash with Lejarraga defending his EBU European Welterweight Title is promoted by MGZ Promotions, who co-promotes Lejarraga with DiBella Entertainment.
A huge star in Spain, the 27-year-old Lejarraga is currently world ranked #2 by the WBC, #3 by the IBF, and #5 by the WBA and WBO. The heavy-handed star scored three knockouts in 2018. Most recently, he stopped longtime contender Frankie Gavin in the fourth round on November 17, 2018.
Lejarraga will be facing his toughest opponent in Avanesyan, with the Russian holding victories against “Sugar” Shane Mosley, for the interim WBA Welterweight World Title, and Kaizer Mabuza. Additionally, he has recently battled former world champion Lamont Peterson and top contender Egidijus Kavaliauskas in very close fights.