Crawford-Kavaliauskas “likely” for fall

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Kavaliauskas is coming off of a March draw with Ray Robinson

Despite a couple of hiccups along the way, it looks as though the long-expected WBO welterweight title fight between champion Terence Crawford and mandatory challenger Egidijus Kavaliauskas could go down later this year. Mike Coppinger reports that the bout is “likely” to take place in fall, as according to Bob Arum, the only thing that could supersede the mandatory obligation would be a unification between Crawford and Errol Spence Jr.

Spence is other wise occupied with Shawn Porter, so here we are.

Kavaliauskas, (21-0-1, 17 KO), known as “The Mean Machine,” got off to a roaring start in his pro career, knocking out 12 of his first 13 opponents and racking up victories over the likes of David Avanesyan alongside a coveted spot on the Radu Scouting Report, but appears to have plateaued in recent times. He had more trouble than expected against Juan Carlos Abreu last year and, after knocking out unbeaten Roberto Arriaza, had to settle for a draw against spoiler Ray Robinson in March.

Robinson went on to hold Josh Kelly to a draw as well, retroactively restoring a bit of lost luster, but it wasn’t the sort of inspiring performance to suggest the Lithuanian slugger is ready for a pound-for-pound great in Crawford (35-0, 26 KO).

Kavaliauskas is a more interesting opponent than Amir Khan, at least, but while this matchup can be explained by sanctioning body obligations, it’s a disappointment next to Spence-Porter and Pacquiao-Thurman. At least we’ll get to see ESPN and other places constantly struggle to spell/pronounce “Egidijus Kavaliauskas” during the buildup. Perhaps they can recapture the joy I felt watching mixed martial arts media mush-mouth their way through “Joanna Jedrzejczyk” for a year or so before they got it right.

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