Egidijus Kavaliauskas is one of the hottest prospects in a Welterweight division that is bubbling over with some of the hottest talent in the sport.
The Lithuanian puncher has won all 21 fights, 17 of those inside the distance, and become a firm favourite with BoxNation viewers.
Kavaliauskas is back on the Channel of Champions on Saturday night when our cameras are in Philadelphia for his 10 round clash against local fighter Ray Robinson.
Here is our fact-sheet on the exciting powerhouse.
- Age: 30 (29.06.88)
- Residence: Camarillo, California
- Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
- Record: 21-0, 17 KOs
- Height: 5’9”
- Reach: 71”
1) With such a hard name to pronounce in America where he lives, he is known as Eggis, the actual pronunciation of his name egg-id-di-yus ka-val-yaus-kus
2) His ambition is to challenge WBO Champion Terence Crawford and he is number one challenger for the brilliant American’s Title. He is also ranked four by the WBC and WBA and is tenth in the IBF rankings.
3) He represented Lithuania in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and the 2007, 2009, and 2011 World Championships, where he won a bronze medal. He lost to Fred Evans at the last 16 stage of London 2012, the Welshman he defeated at the Worlds in the previous year.
4) Kavaliauskas is managed by Egis Klimas, who is also masterminding the careers of Ukrainian trio Vasyl Lomachenko, Oleksandr Usyk and also Oleksandr Gvozdyk, who tops the bill in Philadelphia.
5) He now lives with his wife Vitalija in Camarillo, California close to his training base in Oxnard.
6) He is nicknamed, ‘The Mean Machine’. He explained: “My nickname makes it easier for Americans to remember me. My friend Evgeny Gradovich gave the nickname to me. I was in the gym preparing for a fight, losing weight. Every fighter, when he's losing weight, is mean and I was super mean. I don't want to talk with nobody, and Evgeny called me 'Mean Machine.' Everybody liked it."
7) He took up combat sports karate, Thai boxing, kickboxing and judo when he was seven years old, but at 13 concentrated solely on boxing.
8) Eggis speaks Lithuanian, Russian, and very good English.
9) He doesn’t know his exact amateur record but believes it is around 260-40.
10) He is trained by Marcos Contreras, who Oleksandr Gvozdyk dumped last year before switching to Teddy Atlas.