Are you looking for entertainment this weekend? well the “Mean Machine” is on the way. Top-Welterweight contender 🇱🇹Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-1-1, 17KO) returns to face once beaten Canadian boxer 🇨🇦Mikael Zewski (34-1-0, 23KO) at “The Bubble”, in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
You could say, in some ways, mission accomplished for Kavaliauskas as he was typecast into the role of a fighter having a good deal of talent, with great amateur pedigree, and being relatively unknown to the masses in the pros despite seeing some of his contemporaries at Welterweight eye-to-eye when it comes to raw ability.
Kavaliauskas is also proof that strictly resume-watching is overrated, with him having an 0-1-1 record in his last 2 bouts, despite performing well in those 2 fights once the stakes were raised. His last fight, he went for the full gusto fighting the immensely gifted 🇺🇸Terence “Bud” Crawford for his WBO Welterweight world title. Unless you possess some sort of savant-like abilities, it seems highly unlikely that anyone who doesn’t fit that bill will ever beat Crawford while he’s on top of his game, but the Mean Machine did the best he could.
In fact, Egis did legitimately knock Crawford down, forcing his knee to touch the canvas from a strong right hand that was not credited by Referee Ricky Gonzalez, but we all witnessed what happened, and understood that should have counted.
Though Kavaliauskas won a few rounds here and there throughout their bout, Terence raised his game in the second half like he normally does, and dominated him en route to a TKO victory in the 9th round.
Prior to that match-up, the Mean Machine sat as the WBO’s #1 contender, when he met 🇺🇸“The New” Ray Robinson, who has been on a sudden surge in recent years, and fought him evenly to a draw. While the world now knows what Kavaliauskas can do, at this point, he would like to string together some victories, with the notoriety gained.
A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR ZEWSKI
Ironically, Mikael Zewski in many ways is where Kavaliauskas was a couple of years ago, nesting in the extremely talent-laden Welterweight division as a relative unknown despite possessing solid boxing skills, fighting against “B” and “C” level opposition.
His previous outing, he nabbed a late 10-round TKO victory over 🇲🇽Alejandro Davila, who came into their fight unbeaten, and left with his first L. Egis will be a massive step-up in competition for Zewski, so here’s an opportunity to prove himself against one of the better Welterweights in the world.