The 24-year old mercurial talent will take on the Russian, 23-3-1, on the Kell Brook-Michael Zefara Sheffield bill having cruised to 8-0 on Saturday.

Avanesyan was edged out by American Lamont Peterson for the WBA welterweight world title last year and has mixed it with Shane Mosley as ‘Pretty Boy’ takes a huge step up in class.