Avanesyan vs Kelly – DAZN, SKY – Feb. 20
Matchroom Boxing will return to The SSE Arena, Wembley for Josh Warrington vs. Mauricio Lara on Saturday February 13 and David Avanesyan vs. Josh Kelly on Saturday February 20, with both events shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN in the U.S. and more than 200 countries and territories.
Russia’s European Welterweight Champion Avanesyan (26-3-1, 14 KOs) makes his long-awaited Title defence against Kelly (10-0-1, 6 KOs) at the top of the bill on February 20, Liverpool Super-Welterweight Anthony Fowler (13-1, 10 KOs) returns against Spain’s Jorge Fortea (21-2-1, 7 KOs), undefeated Welterweights Florian Marku (7-0-1, 5 KOs) and Rylan Charlton (6-0-1, 3 KOs) meet in what promises to be an explosive ten-round battle, Amy Timlin (4-0-1) and Carly Skelly (3-0-1) rematch for the vacant Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight Title after their split draw on the Oleksandr Usyk vs. Derek Chisora undercard last October and explosive Romford Heavyweight Johnny Fisher makes his highly anticipated professional debut.
John Drury, VP and General Manager at The SSE Arena, Wembley, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Matchroom Boxing back to The SSE Arena, Wembley for our first events of 2021. We’re looking forward to another huge residency, with ASM Global’s VenueShield protocols keeping everyone at our venue safe and comfortable in a welcoming and Covid-secure environment.”
Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development for Sky Sports, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with our strongest start to a New Year as we bring you more of the biggest names in British boxing.
“Josh Kelly settles his long-running rivalry with David Avanesyan, while Amy Timlin and Carly Skelly share the ring again on the same bill after battling to a draw.
David Avanesyan – Tabynskoe, Russia – 26-3-1, 14 KOs – defending his European Welterweight Title against Josh Kelly:
“This fight has been coming for a long time. The date has changed many times. I’ve had many training camps. I hope everything is good tomorrow with the weight. I need to win this fight. This is my work. I give everything to win this fight. I’m going to give 100% to take the win. After the fight I will go home to see my children and my family. This is a must-win fight for me. It’s a big fight. English, Russian and Spanish fans have been messaging me. On Saturday night we’re going to show a good fight. I’m going to give everything to win this fight.”
Josh Kelly – Sunderland, England – 10-0-1, 6 KOs – challenging David Avanesyan for the European Welterweight Title:
“I’ve got great respect for David, and I’ll just echo what he said, family and health is the most important thing. We’ve got to get a job done on Saturday. It’s my main aim in 2021 to start off with this European Title. I’ve stepped up to levels that I couldn’t even imagine I could do in the gym. I thought last time I was ready, but COVID came and it got cancelled. I was nowhere near ready compared to what I am now. All I need to do is go and put a show on on Saturday. I’ve done a lot of talking this week and I feel like I’ve expressed myself fully on what I believe will happen. We’ve just got to do the dance on Saturday. I think David is a strong capable fighter. I believe that I’m a big Welterweight, and I’m strong. I’m a very strong Welterweight. Saturday night is going to be a night for everyone to enjoy I think. Now it’s time to quiet down, focus in and get the job done.”
Kelly – Avanesyan undercard
Jordan Gill is looking to throw himself back into Featherweight Title contention by beating Mexico’s former World Title challenger Cesar Juarez in style when they collide over ten rounds at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday February 20, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN in the U.S. and more than 200 countries and territories.
This will be the second behind closed doors appearance for ‘The Thrill’, who was last seen dominating Reece Bellotti in the curtain raiser of Matchroom’s Fight Camp series last summer.
Juarez, an experienced operator who took fearsome puncher and then WBO Super-Bantamweight World Champion Nonito Donaire 12 rounds in 2015, may well be Gill’s toughest test to date on paper, something that the Dave Coldwell-trained talent has prepared for.
“This is a great fight against Juarez, it’s going to be all action,” said Gill. “You only have to look at his resume, he had one of the fights of the year against Donaire in 2015 and the only guys that have beat him are World Champions or top ten world ranked fighters.
“I want to win and look good, I know it’s not going to be an easy task but it’s a challenge that I’m relishing. I’m expecting a tough fight but at this stage of my career this is the step-up I need. He’s the best fighter that I’ve faced.”
The only loss of Gill’s 26-fight career came against another Mexican in the shape of Enrique Tinoco, a stablemate of Juarez. Following Josh Warrington’s shock defeat to previously unknown challenger Mauricio Lara, there will be no risk of complacency for the Chatteris man.
“I know Juarez will be coming to win. He’s going to be tough! You hit Mexican fighters with the kitchen sink and they still keep coming forward. I’ve got to make it as one-sided as I can.
“Juarez is from the same camp as Tinoco, who beat me, so they will be licking their lips! I see this as a step-up from Tinoco, so when I beat this guy, and beat him in the fashion I’m going to, it will prove a lot of people wrong and will be my career-best win.
“In my view, the win over Bellotti was a controlled but conservative performance. In this fight you will see a bit more of me!”
Marku And Charlton Collide On Feb 20 Live on DAZN
Rylan Charlton has laughed off Florian Marku’s ‘body builder’ jibes and promised to ‘beat him up’ when they clash over ten rounds on the undercard of David Avanesyan vs. Josh Kelly at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday February 20, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN in the U.S. and more than 200 countries and territories.
The undefeated Welterweights have been embroiled in a war of words on social media since their fight was confirmed in December, and Norwich’s ‘Pint Size Powerhouse’ (6-0-1, 3 KOs) insists he will secure the bragging rights by doing a job on the ‘Albanian King’.
Charlton made easy work of the previously undefeated Benwell prospect Joe Laws last time out in October, sending him crashing to the canvas three times on route to a brutal third round KO, and the recent Matchroom signing is predicting a similar outcome against Marku later this month.
“Joe Laws is a great fighter and he’ll be back,” said Charlton. “I took it on two weeks’ notice. I’d been ticking over, two or three days a week kind of thing, I wasn’t 100% fit from having a full camp. You’ve got to take risks otherwise you don’t go anywhere in life. We took the risk and it paid off. It was easier than I thought to be honest.
“Florian’s last performance wasn’t any good. He’s got to come to the table with everything this time. He’s got to perform in this fight. We’ll see the best Florian Marku against me, but it’s not going to be enough. He’s alright, I don’t rate him that much.
“He was a kickboxing World Champion, so I respect that. If you come into the boxing game calling everyone out, you’re going to come unstuck. I don’t think his boxing skill is up there at all really, I don’t rate it. He can call me what he wants. When I beat him up, it’s just going to look bad on him because he got beaten up by a body builder.
“I’ve got respect for everyone that gets in the ring, especially anyone that gets in the ring with me – I wouldn’t want to get in the ring with me! I’m there to do a job. We can get in the bubble and he can mouth off all he wants, but I’m there to do a job. By any means necessary, I’m there to win – knockout or points, whatever. It’s going to be a Charlton win.”
Marku vs. Charlton is part of a huge night of action, Russia’s European Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan (26-3-1, 14 KOs) makes his long-awaited Title defence against Josh Kelly (10-0-1, 6 KOs) at the top of the bill, Liverpool’s Robbie Davies Jr (20-2, 13 KOs) takes on Gabriel Valenzuela (22-2-1, 13 KO’s) for the IBF Intercontinental Super-Lightweight Title, Amy Timlin (4-0-1) and Carly Skelly (3-0-1) rematch for the vacant Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight Title after their split draw on the Oleksandr Usyk vs. Derek Chisora undercard last October and explosive Romford Heavyweight Johnny Fisher makes his highly anticipated professional debut.
DATE, TV & LIVE STREAM INFO, START TIME
WHAT TIME IS AVANESYAN VS KELLY?
- Date: Saturday, Feb. 20
- Time: 7 p.m. GMT/2 p.m. EST
- Main event (approx): 10 p.m. GMT/5 p.m. EST
The main event begins at approx. 11 p.m. London, UK time.
WHERE & HOW TO WATCH AVANESYAN VS KELLY?
- U.K. Sky Sports Arena
- U.S.: DAZN
The fight will be live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN will live stream in the U.S. and more than 200 countries and territories.
WHERE IS THE AVANESYAN VS KELLY FIGHT?
David Avanesyan vs. Josh Kelly will take place at The SSE Arena, Wembley
AVANESYAN VS KELLY FULL FIGHT CARD
- David Avanesyan vs. Josh Kelly, 12 rounds for Avanesyan’s European welterweight title
- Robbie Davies Jr. vs. Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela, 10 rounds at junior welterweight
- Florian Marku vs. Rylan Charlton, 10 rounds at welterweight
- Johnny Fisher vs. Matt Gordon, 6 rounds at heavyweight
- Jordan Gill vs. Cesar Juarez, 10 rounds at featherweight