Queensberry inks David Avanesyan

EUROPEAN Welterweight champion David Avanesyan has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Queensberry.

Newark-based Russian Avanesyan has been sensational in European title defenses against Britain’s best this year.

The former WBA World champion hammered Josh Kelly in six rounds in February and last weekend took just two games to destroy mandatory challenger Liam Taylor.

Avanesyan (28-3-1, 16 KOs) insists that he will become a two-time World champion now that he has teamed up with Hall of Fame promoter Warren.

He is ranked highly by all four major governing bodies, and World champions Terence Crawford (WBO), Errol Spence (IBF and WBC), and Yordenis Ugas (WBA) are all in his sights.

Avanesyan, 33, said: “I am thrilled to be signing with Frank and very confident that he will deliver me the World title shot I need. I want to become a two-time World champion.

“This year has gone so well for me with two great wins, and there is momentum in my career again.”

Avanesyan has boxed five times in Britain, including his two most recent wins against Kelly and Taylor.

He added: “It is even better than I have a British promoter because I get so much love from British fans.”

David’s manager Neil Marsh added: “We have signed with Frank because it is the best chance David has of securing a World title fight.

“Since I started working with Frank this year with another of my fighters, Zach Parker, he has been entirely honorable, delivered absolutely everything he promised, and got the team smiling again.

“David has had a good year beating Josh Kelly and Liam Taylor after a period of inactivity, and we can’t wait to get going with Frank and Queensberry.

“It was a no-brainer to sign with them. Frank is a Hall of Fame promoter, and I’m confident he will get David where he wants to be.”

Warren said: “A lot of promoters wanted to sign David, and I’m delighted to have got it over the line.

“I have a fantastic working relationship with Neil Marsh, who believes Queensberry has the team to get David marquee fights and titles. We will deliver.

“David is based in the Midlands now and has become an attraction for British fans who know a good fighter when they see one.

“Fans who come to our shows will love seeing even more of him, and so will viewers on BT Sport.”

Avanesyan turned professional in June 2009 and had his first 20 fights on home soil in Russia.

In December 2014, he boxed in Britain for the first time. In 2015 he met Marsh, and the pair quickly forged a successful relationship.

He became WBA Interim champion in November 2015, stopping Charlie Navarro, and just over six months later, Avanesyan outpointed Shane Mosley, ending the American legend’s boxing career.

David, who Carl Greaves trained, was elevated to WBA regular champion when negotiations to fight Keith Thurman broke down.

Avanesyan made his first defense in February 2017 against Lamont Peterson but lost a narrow decision on the three judges’ scorecards.

He became European champion In March 2019, traveling to Bilbao and ripping the title from 27-0 Spanish star Kerman Lejarraga in nine rounds.

Avanesyan returned for a rematch six months later and stopped Lejarraga inside the first round.

Queensberry’s latest big-name signing made it a Spanish hat-trick in September 2019 with a brutal first-round knockout of Jose del Rio.

A 14-month lay-off followed that impressive win in Barcelona, but the Wembley Arena triumphs over Kelly and Taylor prove that Avanesyan is heading for World glory again.