David Avanesyan out-pointed veteran fighter Shane Mosley, retained welterweight title at the Gila River Arena, in Glendale, Arizona in his US debut.
David Avanesyan (22-1-1. 11KOs) had to give in the first two rounds in order to adjust his own offense towards a faster, agile but older Shane Mosley. Avanesyan struggled to close the gap as he wanted to fight from inside, while Mosley was effective sharp shooting from the outside.
In the third, Avanesyan was able to time the jabs of Mosley and counter it with hard rights over the top. With Avanesyan’s obvious offense adjustment, Mosley fired shot to the body, a technique he’s know for at lightweight, but went to low. The referee gave Avanesyan time to recover the pain caused by the low blow.
In the succeeding rounds Shane Mosley (49-10-1, 41 KOs) was still at it defensively, but he was unable to squeeze the trigger or adjusts the lever to automatic, to fire enough shots to win rounds. Mosley, 44, is 17 years older than the Russian born Avanesyan. Even with the new trainer, Roberto Duran, I think, Mosley no longer have it to tangle against young top-tier contenders. I think, it’s best for him to retire for good in boxing and assist the career of Mosley Jr. who still needs a lot of work to do.
The official scores were: 114-113, 117-110, and 117-110. Raul Caiz Sr. 114-113 score was odd compared to the other two judges.
With the win, Avanesyan earned a shot against the winner of Keith Thurman vs Shawn Porter for the welterweight world title.
Meanwhile in the undercard, Shane Mosley Jr. was able to pull a majority decision win over Roberto Yong. The younger Mosley stepped up in the final round sealing the win. It was a close fight. The last round seemed the defining round.
Mosley Jr. landed a solid overhand right that buckled Yong towards the ropes. He followed up with another right to the head. It looked like a knockdown, but what the referee did was separate the fighters. It was obvious that it was the ropes prevented Yong from getting down.
It was a good ring experience of the younger Mosley who showed obvious flaws in his craft.