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Avanesyan and team on the war path, refuse to let Team Crawford get away with ‘glovegate’ debacle

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: David Avanesyan reacts before the EBU European Welterweight Title fight between David Avanesyan and Oskari Metz at Wembley Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

In the wake of his loss to WBO Welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford, David Avanesyan brought up a potentially career-ending issue after accusing Crawford and his team of fighting with illegal gloves in their match on December 10th in 2022.

David Avanesyan (29-4-1, 17 KO’s) was previously reported to have launched an official complaint against Crawford’s team in mid-December of last year with the Nebraska Athletic Commission. He and his manager, Neil Marsh, have since honed in on Terence Crawford (39-0, 30 KO’s) and/or his team potentially cheating during their December fight on social media.

On December 16th, Avanesyan put out a post where he questions the state of Crawford’s gloves which looked tattered. It is generally not allowed to fight with gloves that aren’t in perfect state, due to the dangers associated with worn-out gloves such as the absence of proper padding, the gloves causing unintentional injuries etc.

David Avanesyan stating his disbelief at the condition of Terence Crawford’s gloves on Twitter.

Though there has been no word on the complaint launched by Avanesyan the previous year, that hasn’t stopped him from continuing questioning both Terence Crawford, his team and the State Commission that oversaw the boxing bout.

David Avanesyan’s latest Tweet surrounding his complaint against Terence Crawford.

“I get a lot of questions. How does a boxer go to a fight with torn gloves at this level? I am a boxer, my job is to enter the ring and honestly do my job I have a team that will not leave this issue like that, so we are waiting for the decision of the trial.” Avanesyan stated in the post illustrated above.

Avanesyan’s questions highlight a grim reality behind the sport of boxing. If his claims that Terence Crawford’s gloves not being in any state to be used for a professional fight, it suggests corruption on not just Crawford’s side, but other elements in the sport including the Nebraska State Commission and BLK Prime, the promotion that organized the event.

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WBO champion Terence Crawford holding up his right hand after his December 10th fight with David Avanesyan. The tear in the gloves, highlighted in the picture, suggests there is at least a legitimate precedent for Avanesyan’s case. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

It is also important to note that the referee noticed the tear in the glove in the sixth round, the same round Avanesyan was stopped in, but had already issued an order to have the gloves switched after the round was over. David Avanesyan and his team however, claim that the gloves were already torn up before the commencement of their fight, indicating that Crawford’s team might have deliberately cheated.

We have reached out to the Nebraska State Commission and Crawford’s team but there has been no word surrounding this complaint as of yet.

As this is a developing case, we will look to keep you updated on this story. Make sure to bookmark the website or connect to our social media channels to stay properly informed of any updates on this case.