Terence Crawford reveals nerves ahead of David Avanesyan fight – Ring News 24

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Terence Crawford. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBO welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 38-0 (29) has admitted he is anxious about his bout against former European welterweight champion and WBO number sixth ranked contender David Avanesyan 29-3-1 (17) at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday night.

It will be the sixth defence of the belt he won against Jeff ‘The Hornet’ Horn 20-3-1 (13) in 2018 after moving up from 140-pounds where he unified all four major world titles.

“Training was great, we had an awesome training camp and pre-camp before we went to Colorado Springs,” Crawford said. “My thing is to keep doing what I’ve been doing, which is winning in a tremendous fashion, and everything else will fall into place.

“I’m getting restless thinking about Saturday, it’s a job that I’ve done for a long time and as used to it as I am, I’m still really excited about this one in my hometown. I’m sure there will be a lot of first-time boxing fans who haven’t been able to see me live and they’ll get the opportunity to see me right in their backyards.

“My camp is like a family; when one fights, we all fight. There are four of us on this card, which is great for us, but at the same time, it gets us pushing each other that much harder. We’re able to make sure each one of us is healthy, prepared mentally and physically, and ready to go out there and perform at our best.”

England-based Russian Avanesyan believe he is being overlooked in this fight, citing the media’s repeated questions to Crawford about why the mooted unification bout with WBC, WBA and IBF 147-pound champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22) fell through.

“I’m going into this fight with a lot to prove as no one is giving me a chance to win, but he has a lot on his plate,” Avanesyan said. “He’s got a lot of distractions and none of the interviewers ask him about me. It is always about the fight that didn’t happen or other stuff.

“I am more focused than ever and coming in as a massive underdog, is just the way I like it. I was in camp already and got to extend my camp for a month or so, which was perfect. I will be the mentally stronger fighter on Dec 10th.

“A win against the number one pound-for-pound fighter in boxing will make one of the biggest names in the sport. I would become a household name and a top-five pound-for-pound fighter. These are motivations, I get to take everything Crawford worked for, and I will.

“Beating Terence Crawford will change my life forever. I am better than ever, and I am about to be the one that everyone in boxing talks about.”

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