Keep An Eye on Egid Kavaliauskas
By Igor Frank
There is a prizefighter who came from behind an iron curtain and who can give problems to anyone in the welterweight division, I can’t even pronounce his name, Egidijus Kavaliauskas, but they call him “Mean Machine”.
A decorated amateur in his home country of Lithuania, two times Olympian, Egidijus moved to United States in 2013 to chase an American dream. He has amassed a professional record of 12 wins, no losses with 11 knock outs.
“Bad ass!” exclaimed boxing insider Steve Kim when asked what he thought about him. Just ask his latest victim, a lanky welterweight from Ohio, Prenice Brewer (17-4-1,KO’S), who was supposed to be a tough test and who couldn’t make it through two rounds. Or ask referee Jack Reiss, who literally had saved Brewer’s life when he stopped the fight before the end of second stanza last Saturday night in Studio City, California.
But it’s not just his obvious skill set and punching power that separate him from the rest; it’s a hunger in his eyes. I heard a friend ask Egidijus two hours prior to the fight if he was worried about it (what????). “Not at all,” said Lithuanian prospect, who looked like a cat walking around his house in the ring. “It’s just another day in the office.”
That is exactly what it looked like” another day in the office”, as confident looking Egidijus entered the ring and attacked his opponent without any delay. Brewer had obvious height and reach advantage but could not capitalize on it and looked out of his depth from the onset. The disparity in class got more pronounced in the second round as “Mean Machine” first floored his opponent and then went for the kill while helpless Brewer languished against the ropes. That forced referee Jack Reiss to end the contest at 1:24 mark of second stanza.
There is something about 27 year old prospect from Lithuania that smells like a star, at least his manager thinks so. His manager and countryman Egis Klimas who is also responsible for bringing two elite level talents from former Soviet Union (Sergei Kovalev and Vasyl Lomachenko) thinks highly of Kavaliauskas.
The name of manager Egis Klimas is relatively new in boxing circles, but has been gaining credibility as his star protégées such as Kovalev and Lomachenko ascend in status and popularity. Klimas currently manages seventeen fighters. They are all from former the Soviet Union and are all hungry. The Russians are here.
Two more were on display on Saturday night in Studio city, a night of professional boxing promoted by Top Rank and televised by Unimas.
Ukraine’s Aleksandr Gvozdyk (9-0,7KO’S) only needed one round to destroy West Virginia’s light heavyweight, Michael Snider while Kazakhstan’s light middleweight newcomer Madiyar Ashkeyev (2-0) had to work much harder than his stable mates to earn a six round unanimous decision over New York’s Oba Bakare (3-1).
A number of Klimas’s fighters train in Oxnard at Robert Garcia’s Boxing Academy. Robert Garcia who trains Kavaliauskas says there is no need to motivate his young charge to train. Egidijus is there to work and give it his all. Garcia thinks the sky is the limit for his undefeated prospect from Lithuania. Keep an eye out for him.
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