By Eric Thomas: 27-year-old interim WBA welterweight champion David Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) retained his WBA title in beating the determined Shane Mosley (49-10-1, 41 KOs) by a close 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night in an exciting fight at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The scores were 114-113, 117-110 and 117-110 for Avanesyan.
The crowd wasn’t too happy about the scores when they were announced, but there wasn’t a great deal of booing like one sees when the fans think there was a robbery. It was pretty clear that Mosley didn’t do enough to get the win. He was holding too much, missing too much, and not throwing enough punches from rounds three through twelve. Mosley fought Avanesyaan even for the first two rounds, but after that the fight slowly slipped out of reach because Avanesyan was landing the better shots and outworking Mosley.
Avanesyan landed the harder and more eye-catching shots in most of the rounds. Mosley’s chances of pulling out a victory were hurt in the 10th round by a point deduction for a low blow. Mosley was taking a risk by continuing to throw body shots after getting warned in the 3rd round for hitting Avanesyan with a low blow that had him on the canvas in pain. Mosley had been hitting Avanesyan with those shots in the first rounds repeatedly. In fact, the low blows were Mosley’s best punch in his arsenal in the first three rounds.
Avanesyan will have a little time to savor his win over 44-year-old Mosley, but he’ll soon have to start getting ready to fight the winner of the June 25 fight between Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter. That’s going to be a really tough fight for Avanesyan to try and win because those guys are offensive fighters that throw a lot of hard punches. They don’t clinch a lot like Mosley. These guys really bring it. Avanesyan will need to raise his game level to beat the winner of that fight.
Other boxing results on the card:
Shane Mosley Jr MD 6 Roberto Yong
Dimar “El Animal” Ortuz TKO 6 Ricardo Campillo