Post fight review
David Avanesyan claimed a hard fought unanimous decision points win over Shane Mosley to retain his WBA interim World Welterweight crown.
Avanesyan now has eyes on the winner of Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman's fight, to contest for the full WBA World Title.
Has the defeat sent Mosley into retirement? The future Hall of Famer far from embarrassed himself, but remains a shadow of his former glory.
A swooping left hook wobbled Mosley in the eighth, which proved to be the most telling punch of the fight.
'Sugar' Shane was deducted a point in the tenth with some frustrating setting in to the veteran's game.
Mosley took it to Avanesyan in the closing two rounds but it was too late to change the judges' decision.
Pre fight preview
Shane Mosley challenges David Avanesyan for the interim WBA World Welterweight Title, live on BoxNation Saturday 28 May from the Gila River Arena in Arizona.
At 44, it’s surely Mosley’s last shot at the big time. The modern day legend has put together strong back to back wins since defeat to Anthony Mundine down under.
The three weight World Champion is undoubtedly a future Hall of Famer but how much is left in the tank?
Injuries have plagued the American in recent years but the California native is determined to strike once more at the top.
‘Sugar’ Shane has vowed to put on a “boxing clinic” in his 61st professional bout, now trained under the guidance of Roberto Duran.
Avanesyan makes the first defence of his interim Title fresh from capturing the belt with a stoppage win over Charlie Navarro in Monte Carlo at the back end of last year.
U.K fans may recall Avanesyan from a knockout victory over Dean Byrne last summer during a two fight tour of the North, prior to the Navarro fight.
The Russian boasts a 21-1-1 record, with his sole career defeat coming early on against Andrey Klimov.
Winner of Saturday night’s fight will be in line to face the winner of Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman’s eagerly awaited showdown, as confirmed by WBA president Gilberto Mendoza on Twitter.
The bookies are struggling to split the pair, it’s Avanesyan’s first fight in the U.S which brings an element of the unknown to the fight.