David Avanesyan vs Oskari Metz on March 19 at OVO Arena

EUROPEAN MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION David Avanesyan returns to the ring March 19 at the OVO Arena, Wembley with a defense of his title on a night of multiple championship clashes at the historic site in London.

Avanesyan, who is keen to return to the hunt for the world title in 2022, faces undefeated Finn Oskari Metz, 15-0, in what will be a fifth defense of his EBU belt, he who also recently joined forces with Frank Warren and queensberry. .

For the 33-year-old Russian, trained in Newark by Carl Greaves, it’s a return to happy hunting ground as the old Wembley Arena hosted his save triumphs over Josh Kelly and Liam Taylor.

“I’m very happy to be fighting in front of my British fans at my favorite venue at Wembley where I had a great night last year,” said Avenesyan, 28-3-1. “I promise I’m back with real determination to put on a great show before a big fight.

“I’m fit, I’m ready and Metz is a good fighter and undefeated, but I’m going to win and win in style. playing for BT Sport and their fans.

“Enjoy the show, I’m back!”

A range of the country’s top young prospects/contenders feature on the card, led by WBO European super-welterweight champion Hamzah Sheeraz (14-0, 10 KOs), who will take on Jez Smith (13-4-1, 6 KO). ) for the WBC International Silver middleweight title in a fight that is sure to bring fireworks and a tough welcome to a new division.

Exciting bantamweight star Dennis McCann is stepping into the title business for the first time. ‘The Menace’ (11-0, 6 KOs) will fight for the WBO Youth world title in eight rounds against Charles Tondo (12-4-2, 5 KOs), a Southpaw from Tanzania.

Britain’s top two young lightweights are also in action at Wembley, with Mark Chamberlain (9-0, 6 KOs) taking on a 10-rounder for the first time and Sam Noakes (8-0, 8 KOs) making a first defense. of his WBC International Silver title against the Italian Vincenzo Finiello (15-4-2, 1 KO).

Another title action comes with relentless featherweight star Louie Lynn (10-0, 7 KOs) defending his WBC International Silver belt for the second time against James Beech jr (14-2, 2 KOs) of Bloxwich.

Rounding out the card, talented super lightweight prospect Henry Turner (6-0) will have an explosive fourth super featherweight in six rounds Masood Abdullah (3-0, 3 KOs) with Engel Gomez (8-4, 4 KOs) over six rounds and super lightweight Sonny Liston Ali (2-0) battles Sean Davis of Birmingham (14-18), also in a six rounder.

In four rounds, Khalid Ali (1-0, 1 KO) will be looking to double his win tally against Kris Pilkington (2-10-1).

Finally, Frank Warren can unleash his last young star in the professional ranks, with two-time European Championship gold medalist Royston Barney-Smith making his professional debut, after turning 18 in January.

Barney-Smith had a glittering run through the sport’s amateur code, with 50 fights under his belt bringing around 45 wins. The Pinewood Starr product has represented England at four international championships and has worn his country’s colors 37 times, winning 36.

Promoter Warren said of his show at Wembley: “I’m delighted to kick off our partnership with David Avanesyan and his manager Neil Marsh with another defense of his European title ahead of the bigger challenges on the horizon. I think everyone knows who the best hitting welterweight is.” about these parts is, but there is no clamor to fight him, so we will be looking for a quick ascent to the world title for him as soon as possible.

“This show showcases a number of the best and most exciting young fighters rising through the ranks in this country right now and I can’t wait to see them all take the next step at the start of a great year for them.

“I am also personally very happy to launch the professional career of Royston Barney-Smith and I urge you all to support this young man from the start because he is a special talent, which is destined for great things in the years to come. .”

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