HomeUFCWorld ranked junior welterweight contender Petros Ananyan is back in the United States | FightBook MMA
World ranked junior welterweight contender Petros Ananyan is back in the United States | FightBook MMA
May 29, 2021
New York, NY – World ranked junior welterweight contender Petros Ananyan (15-2-2, 7 KOs) is again in america, coaching in Los Angeles, CA, and needs to tackle the most effective in his division, together with a rematch in opposition to Subriel Matias, who he defeated in 2020.
At the moment ranked #14 by the IBF and #15 by the WBC, Ananyan defeated the beforehand unbeaten, extremely ranked knockout artist Matias on February 22, 2020, on the undercard of Wilder-Fury II. For over six thrilling rounds, the 2 adversaries stood shoulder-to-shoulder buying and selling livid mixtures, till Ananyan damage and staggered Matias into the ropes for a knockdown name within the seventh body. Ananyan dominated the rest of the competition to safe the win. Going into the bout, Matias was rated #2 by the IBF, #3 by the WBC, and #10 by the WBO.
“Final 12 months, I got here to Las Vegas from Moscow on quick discover to tackle the extremely ranked Subriel Matias and I beat him. I proved that I belong among the many finest junior welterweights on the planet,” mentioned Ananyan.
“It was very robust for me having to sit down out and never battle proper after the most important win of my profession, with the onset of the pandemic. I gave Matias his first loss, virtually knocking him out, and now he’s preventing in a semifinal eliminator for the IBF title at 140 kilos. I don’t imagine that’s proper. In a current interview, Matias referred to as me a lizard and mentioned that he was a shark. In the event you watch our battle, that’s ridiculous. It might give me nice pleasure to defeat him once more.
“I’m again in america, coaching in Los Angeles with my chief coach Levi Melamed, and I need to tackle the highest fighters at my weight. Josh Taylor, Adrien Broner, Regis Prograis, Jose Zepeda, I would like all of them. I do know that my promoter, Lou DiBella, is planning my subsequent battle and I can not wait to get again into the ring.”
“The 140-pound division has a whole lot of expertise and extra shifting towards it. Ananyan is without doubt one of the finest junior welterweights on the planet and he deserves a possibility to battle the most effective,” mentioned Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Leisure. “He’ll be again within the ring in July to shake off the rust after which he needs to tackle the most important challenges accessible. Petros additionally has unfinished enterprise with Matias, who he’ll defeat once more in a rematch.”
Ananyan turned professional in 2015 and received the IBF Worldwide junior welterweight title in 2017. Born in Armenia and raised in Russia, Ananyan started boxing on the age of 11. Over the following 15 years, he compiled an newbie file of 220-60, whereas profitable the Moscow Championships in 2007, securing a bronze cup on the Cup of Russia Match in 2008, and making it to the finals of the 2014 AIBA Open Championships in China.
Throughout that point, Ananyan additionally served within the army and attended College. Whereas finishing a two-year stint within the Russian Military, Ananyan received the Championship of the Armed Forces Boxing Match in 2010. He then earned a bachelor’s diploma in Bodily Training from Russian State College of Bodily Training, Sport, Youth and Tourism in 2013.
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