ESPN+ Boxing Results: Egidijus Kavaliauskas Makes Statement Against Mikael Zewski
Egidijus Kavaliauskas (22-1-1, 18 KOs) was determined to prove that he was more then a one hit wonder. After giving pound for pound star Terence Crawford all he could handle in his last ring appearance, Kavaliauskas jumped back into the win column against Mikael Zewski (34-2, 23 KOs).
After dominating much of the fight, Kavaliauskas found a way to close the show. He did so by forcing referee Robert Hoyle to step in and call an end to their contest in the eighth.
Egidijus Kavaliauskas vs Mikael Zewski: Fight Preview
By: Hans Themistode
2019 simply wasn’t kind to welterweight contender Egidijus Kavaliauskas. After settling for a majority decision draw against Ray Robinson earlier in the year, Kavaliauskas suffered a huge setback in the form of a ninth round knockout loss in the biggest contest of his career against WBO belt holder Terence Crawford.
Since then, Kavaliauskas has been sitting idly on the sidelines. He’ll now look to shake off any COVID-19 induced ring rust off when he takes on Mikael Zewski later on tonight.
For Zewski, he finds himself in the exact same position that Kavaliauskas was just in. An unknown commodity with an impressive record that was mostly built off the backs of inferior competition. In addition to his pumped up record, Zewski hasn’t fought in the United States since 2015 as he’s made Canada his new de-facto home with eight straight wins across the border.
In terms of physical advantages, both men are roughly even. Kavaliauskas will carry a one inch reach advantage while Zewski will be the slightly taller man by two inches. The former title challenger has fought the better competition between them, but does come in slightly older by one year.
All in all, both men are almost mirror images of one another. And neither can afford a slip up now.
Kavaliauskas currently enjoys a reputation of giving pound for pound star Terence Crawford one of the most difficult contests of his career. A loss to Zewski won’t simply put a dent in said reputation, it will solidify him as a non contender all together.
As for Zewski, he hasn’t come close to sniffing a world title opportunity. His chances of receiving one will become less likely should he come up woefully short on the night.
With so much on the line for both men, look for them to give it their all in the main event later this evening.
The action officially kicks off at 8 PM Eastern time on ESPN.
Egidijus Kavaliauskas Would Love Another Shot At Terence Crawford: “I Know He Is Beatable”
By: Hans Themistode
One time is usually all it takes for the opponents of Terence Crawford to realize that he’s as good as everyone says he is.
The undefeated three division world champion has never found himself in a close matchup throughout his career. But with a spotless record inside of the ring and near flawless performances each and every time out, the Nebraska native has shown a small chink in his armor.
In what was thought to be nothing more than a walk in the park against the unheralded Egidijus Kavaliauskas, Crawford had a surprisingly difficult time with the former Olympian. Not only was the current WBO belt holder out boxed early on, but it appeared that he was rocked and dropped in the third round. Regardless of his early success, Kavaliauskas was ultimately dropped on three separate occasions before getting stopped in the ninth round.
Things may have gone awry, but if he was given a second chance at Crawford, he would do it in a heartbeat.
“If I get the opportunity to fight Crawford, I would do it all over again. I want to face him again,” said Kavaliauskas during a recent virtual press conference. “I know he is beatable. Everyone is. I liked how the fight started, but not how it ended. I lost focus in the middle of the fight.”
The defeat for Kavaliauskas may have given him the first loss of his pro career, but the experience of not only fighting a pound for pound fighter, but giving him a run for his money, did wonders for his self belief.
“At the end of the day, that fight gave me more confidence. I was definitely in the fight. It made me a better fighter. I corrected the mistakes I did make, and now I’m coming stronger.”
With Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs) seemingly tied up with former champion Kell Brook, a rematch is far from likely to ever take place. Still, even if the Lithuanian born contender isn’t afforded a rematch, then he’ll simply work his way from the ground up to force one of the welterweight champions to face him.
“I want to face the best opponents at welterweight. My goal is to become mandatory and fight for another world title. I would like to fight the top names at 147.”
The road to securing a second shot at a world title for Kavaliauskas (21-1-1, 17 KOs) begins this Saturday night when he takes on Mikael Zewski. A win over his man on the night won’t place him in championship contention, but Kavaliauskas does believe that the fans will get their money’s worth.
“Zewski is also a pressure fighter like me. I think we have similar styles, and I really believe we will make a very entertaining fight on Saturday. I know the fireworks will begin in the very first round. This will be an action fight!”