You could have hit me on the chin with a sledgehammer for five dollars. When you havenвЂ™t eaten for two days youвЂ™ll understand. Age: 31 Date of Birth: June 29, 1988 Height: 5'9" Birth Place: Kaunas, Lithuania Reach: 71" Stance: orthodox. Egidijus Kavaliauskas Headlines MSG Triple Header On 12/14.
March 30: Gvozdyk-Ngumbu Tops ESPN Bill at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. Mean Machine Downs Abreu, Retains NABF Welterweight Title. At the age of 30, Egidijus – Egis for short – is a five-year pro. 1 by the WBO – he is a former amateur standout who competed at the elite level of international competition: he represented Lithuania in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and the 2007, 2009, and 2011 World Championships. He is a stablemate of three-division world champion and rising superstar Vasiliy Lomachenko , who was voted the “2017 Fighter of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of America, WBC light heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk , welterweight prospect Alexander Besputin , and super lightweight prospect Maxim Dadashev . All are managed by Egis Klimas , the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “Manager of the Year” in 2016 and 2017, and promoted by Top Rank. Egis stayed active in the ring with five fights in 2014, two in 2015, four in 2016, three in 2017, and three in 2018. He has had four scheduled 10-rounders and been the full distance one time. He has also stepped up in class of opposition in some recent fights – Egis has given impressive performances and scored some spectacular knockouts. In his last fight on November 16 in Oklahoma City he won by third-round knockout against previously undefeated Roberto Arriaza .
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported [excerpts]: The eventual big prize is a fight with welterweight world titleholder Terence Crawford , but first the “Mean Machine” Egidijus Kavaliauskas had to get through Roberto Arriaza, and he did just that. Kavaliauskas, with blood pouring down the right side of his face and Crawford watching intently from ringside, knocked Arriaza out in the third round in the co-feature of the Maurice Hooker – Alex Saucedo junior welterweight world title fight at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. A hard accidental head-butt in the second round opened a terrible cut over Kavaliauskas’ right eye and blood poured down the side of his face. He seemed unnerved by the blood and began to back up, but he came back strong in the third round. With the aggressive Arriaza going after him, Kavaliauskas landed a hard right hand that sent Arriaza into the ropes. Kavaliauskas bludgeoned him with two more right hands and he went down to a knee. Kavaliauskas landed a right hand for good measure while Arriaza (17-1, 13 KOs), 28, of Nicaragua, was down, but [the] referee did not see the foul and counted Arriaza out at 3 minutes. In his post-fight interview, Egis said, “I want to fight the best in the welterweight division, and the best guy right now is Terence Crawford. I am ready for that fight next.” In earlier interviews, Egis said, “When I come here to USA, I found my style, what I like to do – I like to fight, take pressure to the guy! In amateurs, I was fighting like a real amateur, a way different style. “I met Egis Klimas before the 2011 World Championships, I think. At that point, I wasn’t already qualified for the Olympics in London. My goal was to get to the Olympics and get the medal. After the World Championships – I was a bronze medalist – Egis invited me to California to train for the Olympics. They say I need to stay with my team and train at home. “After the Olympics – they weren’t so successful for me – I don’t see opportunities to go much further so Egis took me to USA to become pro. I knew the team would be good and I would get stronger. “Everything is different training here compared to home. There, we prepared for three rounds and everything goes fast. Here, it’s more rounds and the coaches work with you personally, like on the mitts, and strong guys come here to spar. Every day here, sparring is like a fight – you need to be ready 100 percent for sparring. “I’m always ready, I’m always preparing for the fight, and I’m always 100 percent ready for the fight.” Regarding his nickname, he said, “My nickname makes it easier for Americans to remember me. My friend Evgeny Gradovich – ‘The Mexican Russian’ – he gave the nickname to me. I think it’s from a movie called ‘Mean Machine,’ something like that. I was in the gym preparing for a fight, losing weight. Every fighter, when he’s losing weight, is mean and I was super mean. I don’t want to talk with nobody, and Evgeny called me ‘mean machine.’ Everybody liked it.” AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Egis said, “I was born in Kaunas, Lithuania. My father works in a security company, and my mom is a kindergarten teacher.
My father was a fighter, something like martial arts – karate, Thai boxing, kickboxing, judo, everything together.
“When I was seven, he started training me and a couple of other kids. But martial arts in my country, people train just for hobby. My record was probably around 260 wins and 40 losses.