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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Alaverdian Earns Stoppage Victory

Flyweight David Alaverdian earned a stoppage victory tonight over Jesús "Gallito" Bojorquez at Auditorio Benito Juárez in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Alaverdian landed a body shot that floored Bojorquez in the second round.

David showcased his footwork and ability to create angles. In the second, Bojorquez missed a wild swinging right, and Alaverdian landed a right uppercut counter from the orthodox stance. A few seconds later, Alaverdian pushed Bojorquez to the ropes, switched to southpaw, and landed a left to the body that generated an audible groan from the crowd as Gallito plummeted to the canvas. Bojorquez rose before the count of ten, but the referee waved off the bout. Alaverdian is now 5-0 with 4 KOs. Bojorquez falls to 0-2-1 and has been stopped twice.

Most prospects are fighting either professional novices or journeymen in their fifth and sixth professional fights. At 28 years old and with his advanced skill level, Alaverdian wants to move up the ranks at a faster pace. All five of his fights have been in Mexico, but he hopes to fight in the U.S.

It’s complicated, though.

"People don't want to fight me because of my amateur experience," David told The Jewish Boxing Blog. Not only are potential opponents intimidated by the Israeli's amateur success, but his Instagram account, filled with impressive clips of him working with Floyd Mayweather Sr. and schooling amateur foes, might frighten them further.

Other 112-115 pounders, worried about the risk Alaverdian presents, price themselves out. “They want money that no one will give them,” David explains.

Covid-related restrictions on travel to the U.S. have limited the pool of prospective opponents. According to BoxRec, there are only a combined total of 50 American boxers in the flyweight and super flyweight divisions. In Mexico, the number is five times higher, so it’s much easier to find an opponent at the lighter weights there.

Though Alaverdian craves tougher opponents, he may need to be patient. Even Manny Pacquiao, a 15-1 flyweight in 1996, fought a fighter with a record of 1-2-1. Pacquiao won by way of second round stoppage.

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