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Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Preview of David Alaverdian-Ernesto Irias

David Alaverdian is scheduled to face his toughest opponent as a pro when he enters the ring against Ernesto "El Destructor" Irias at the Westgate Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on Monday, April 10.

Alaverdian is a 29 year old from Nahriya, Israel. He boasts a record of 7-0-1 with 6 KOs. A vicious body puncher, David is a switcher and possesses a smart jab from either stance. He's more of a power puncher as a righty and utilizes angles better as a southpaw. A boxer-puncher, he has very fast hands and feet and explosive athleticism. Alaverdian enjoys fighting taller opponents. These are all attributes that will greatly help him against Ernesto Irias.

Irias is a 27 year old from Managua, Nicaragua. He sports a record of 15-6-1 with 9 KOs. In addition to being younger, more experienced, and taller with a longer reach, Irias has also faced the better opposition as a pro. Early in his career, which began in 2015, Irias was a power puncher. He started 4-0 with 3 KOs thanks a left hook that often took time to load up. In his fifth fight, Irias was exposed by undefeated southpaw Melvin Lopez, who took advantage of Irias's wind-up and picked off Irias before he could throw.

Ernesto's next opponent, the shorter Jordan Escobar, won the fight with uppercuts, a punch that many future opponents would land against Irias. But "El Destructor" showed improvement against Escobar as he no longer loaded up on the left hook, he just let it go to great effect. The Escobar fight launched Irias into the best period of his pro career. He won ten straight fights from 2017-2019 and scored six KOs in the process.

At his best, Irias is a buzzsaw with a stone chin. He has a powerful left hook that mostly aims for the head, but he occasionally digs to the body. Against southpaws he has a sneaky straight right. His overhand right usually misses the mark and his punch technique is not textbook, but he catches his opponents off-guard with his unusual form. He's a little bit like a poor man's Emanuel Navarrete. Irias gets his knockouts from throwing constant combinations until his foes wilt to the canvas. However, against Cristian Narvaez, he earned a one-punch KO with a straight right against the southpaw. That fifth round KO victory in 2018 earned Irias the WBC Latino flyweight belt.

In Cristian Narvaez's next fight, he went the six-round distance with Sunny Edwards. So Irias posted a better result against Narvaez than did the current world champion.
courtesy of David Alaverdian's IG page. Made by Noam Maor

Ernesto Irias retained his Latino title by wearing down Escobar in their rematch on route to a sixth round stoppage win. Though Ernesto clearly isn't a student of the sweet science, the brawler has gotten a better result in each of three rematches throughout his career, which is an indication of his ring IQ. In that second Escobar fight, Irias briefly switched to southpaw. It's a stance he has taken more and more with each fight, but unlike Alaverdian, Irias is ineffective as a lefty. Ernesto lunges with his punches and is even more prone to eating shots as a lefty than in the orthodox stance.

Irias is 1-4-1 in his last six fights dating back to a 2019 draw against undefeated German Mirco Martin in Germany. The Nicaraguan was a bit unlucky to only come away with a draw in that one. He then split two fights against Jenn Gonzalez, a good fighter with a mediocre record. Irias fought as a southpaw too much in their first fight but won the rematch by split decision. He hasn't won since.

Ernesto knocked down Wilmer Blas twice in their bout, but neither was called a knockdown and when a headbutt cut Blas by his right eye in the sixth, the fight went to the cards. Blas, who sports a losing record, won the decision. After over a year off, Irias was outclassed and outboxed by former world champion Cristofer Rosales. In January, Irias looked flat in Argentina against Junior Zarate. In those last two bouts, Irias won just two out of a total of twenty rounds on the judges' cards.

Irias won't beat Alaverdian in a chess match on the outside. David will likely also win a firefight because of his hand-speed advantage and his punch technique, but that's really Irias's only chance at victory. He must let his hands go and either catch David on the end of his looping punches or win a decision by being more active. David will probably attack Irias's body early and often. While he throws uppercuts, it's not typically his go-to punch, but David may find a home for it more than usual. We may also get to see Alaverdian unleash his explosive "breath taker" if he has Irias against the ropes.

Irias has never been stopped as a pro. It would be an impressive feat for Alaverdian, and one that just might happen. This bout is scheduled for six rounds. It can be viewed by following the link provided at ReidBoxing.com.

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