Egidijus Kavaliauskas

Weightclass: Welterweight

  • 21wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 17kos

AGE:
30
Birthplace:
Kaunas, Lithuania
Height:
5'9"
reach:
71"
Managers:
Egis Klimas (Boxing Writers Association of America “Manager of the Year” in 2016 and 2017)
Trainers:
Marco Contreras

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Egidijus “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas

At the age of 30, Egidijus – Egis for short – is a five-year pro. A contender at 147 pounds – ranked No. 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 won a World Championships bronze medal in 2011.

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 HookerAlex 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. No pressure boxer, I was like, counter-boxer.

“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. But my national team’s staff didn’t let me come. 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. Here, boxing is the top. 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. I have just one sister. 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. He was training when I was a little kid.

“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. Then when I was 13, he just put me to the boxing.

“I think I had maybe around 300 amateur fights. My record was probably around 260 wins and 40 losses. I’m naturally right-handed.”…

Egis speaks Lithuanian, Russian, and very good English…he was married in the summer of 2016 – he and his wife, Vitalija, have no children…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2012 OLYMPIC GAMES – London, England, 152 pounds: in his first fight on 8-3-12 he lost an 11-7 decision against Fred Evans of Wales…

2012 CHEMISTRY CUP – Halle, Germany, 152 pounds: in his first fight on 3-14-12 he won a 7-4 decision against Medhi Khalsi of Morocco; in the quarterfinals on 3-15-12 he lost a 10-5 decision against Arayk Marutjan of Germany…

2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Baku, Azerbaijan, 152 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in his first fight on 9-29-11 he won a 20-16 decision against Maimatti Tusunqiong of China; in his second fight on 10-2-11 he won a 15-4 decision against Robert Bilik of Czech Republic; in his third fight on 10-4-11 he won an 11-7 decision against Roy Sheahan of Ireland; in the quarterfinals on 10-5-11 he stopped Fred Evans of Wales in the 2nd round; in the semifinals on 10-7-11 he was stopped in the 2nd round against Serik Sapiyev of Kazakhstan…

2011 LIVENTSEV MEMORIAL – Minsk, Belarus, 152 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 7-19-11 he won an 8-0 decision against Vasil Kartashov of Ukraine; in the semifinals on 7-22-11 he won a 6-3 decision against Kanagat Maralov of Kazakhstan; in the finals on 7-23-11 he was stopped in the 3rd round against Artem Zelenkovskiy of Russia…

2011 LITHUANIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Kaunas, Lithuania, 152 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 4-20-11 he stopped Zygimantas Butkevicius in the 2nd round; in the quarterfinals on 4-21-11 he stopped Vilus Lembutis in the 3rd round; in the semifinals on 4-22-11 he won by walkover against Liutauras Zelianekas; in the finals on 4-23-11 he won a 1-0 decision against Paulius Petronis

2011 FELIKS STAMM MEMORIAL – Warsaw, Poland, 152 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) he won and 8-4 decision against Tomasz Kot of Poland; in the semifinals on 4-7-11 he stopped Maksim Chudakov of Russia in the 3rd round; in the finals on 4-8-11 he won a 12-5 decision against Abdulkadir Kuroglu of Turkey…

2011 GRAND PRIX – Usti, Czech Republic, 152 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 3-23-11 he won a 7-0 decision against Jesse Ross of Australia; in the quarterfinals on 3-24-11 he won a 1-0 decision against Alexey Galetich of Belarus; in the semifinals on 3-25-11 he won a 2-1 decision against Robert Bilik of Czech Republic; in the finals on 3-26-11 he won a 1-0 decision against Konstantin Snigour of Israel…

2010 AMBER GLOVES – Kaliningrad, Russia, 152 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST [incomplete results]: in the finals on 11-30-10 he won a decision against Karapet Abadzhyan of Russia…

2010 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – Moscow, Russia, 152 pounds: in his first fight on 6-5-10 he won a 4-3 decision against Aston Brown of Scotland; in his second fight on 6-6-10 he lost a 6-3 decision against Balazs Bacskai of Hungary…

2010 FELIKS STAMM MEMORIAL – Warsaw, Poland, 152 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 4-22-10 he won a 2-1 decision against Tomasz Kot of Poland; in the semifinals on 4-23-10 he lost a 7-0 decision against Serik Sapiyev of Kazakhstan…

2010 LITHUANIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Panavezys, Lithuania, 152 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 2-25-10 he won by walkover against Modestas Jonaits; in the semifinals on 2-26-10 he won a 5-1 decision against Jan Romanovskis; in the finals on 2-27-10 he won a 4-0 decision against Eduard Spakov

2009 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Milan, Italy, 141 pounds: in his first fight on 9-1-09 he won and 8-5 decision against Masatsugu Kawachi of Japan; in his second fight on 9-4-09 he won a 20-5 decision against Qalim Balla of Australia; in his third fight on 9-8-89 he won a 10-6 decision against Zdenek Chladek of Czech Republic; in the quarterfinals on 9-9-89 he was stopped in the 3rd round against Frankie Gomez of the United States…

2009 LITHUANIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Kaunas, Lithuania, 141 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 4-23-09 he stopped Salvijus Jaloveckas in the 3rd round; in the semifinals on 4-24-09 he won by walkover against Evaldas Korsakas; in the finals on 4-25-09 he won a 4-1 decision against Deividas Kliucakas

2009 GEE-BEE TOURNAMENT – Helsinki, Finland, 141 pounds: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 4-3-09 he lost a 12-3 decision against Bradley Saunders of England…

2008 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – Liverpool, England, 141 pounds: in his first fight on 11-6-08 he won a 10-1 decision against Adriani Vastine of France; in his second fight on 11-10-08 he lost a 6-3 decision against Eduard Hambartsumyan of Armenia…

2008 OLYMPIC GAMES – Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 141 pounds: in his first fight on 8-10-08 he lost a 13-2 decision against Alexis Vastine of France…

2008 EUROPEAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Athens, Greece, 141 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in his first fight on 4-8-08 he won a 19-3 decision against Anatoliy Andreev of Moldavia; in the quarterfinals on 4-9-08 he won a 17-8 decision against Levan Gvamichava of Republic of Georgia; in the semifinals on 4-11-08 he won an 11-5 decision against Boris Katalinic of Croatia; in the finals on 4-12-08 he was stopped in the 2nd round against John Joe Joyce of Ireland…

2008 EUROPEAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Pescara, Italy, 141 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in his first fight on 2-25-08 he won a 23-5 decision against Jussi Koivula of Finland; in his second fight on 2-26-08 he won a 17-9 decision against Aslanbek Kozayev of Belarus; in the quarterfinals on 2-27-08 he won a 13-4 decision against Boris Katalinic of Croatia; in the semifinals on 2-29-08 he lost an 18-10 decision against Gyula Kate of Hungary…

2008 LITHUANIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Panavezys, Lithuania, 141 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 1-30-08 he won by walkover against Marijus Kravciuk; in the quarterfinals on 1-31-08 he won a 19-4 decision against Deividas Kliucakas; in the semifinals on 2-1-08 he won an 18-5 decision against Alexander Jakobsen; in the finals on 2-2-08 he won a 14-7 decision against Jan Romanovskis

2007 SLOVAKIAN GRAND PRIX – Vranov nad Toplou, Slovakia, 152 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the finals (his only fight) on 11-24-07 he won a 3-0 decision against Erik Balog of Slovakia…

2007 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Chicago, Illinois, 141 pounds: in his first fight on 10-23-07 he won a 19-17 decision against Zdenek Chladek of Czech Republic; in his second fight on 10-26-07 he lost a 24-6 decision against Eduard Hambartsumyan of Armenia…

2007 GRAND PRIX – Ostrava, Czech Republic, 141 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 9-20-07 he won a 14-9 decision against Boris Katalinic of Croatia; in the semifinals on 9-22-07 he lost a 19-11 decision against Zdenek Chladek of Czech Republic…

2007 JUNIOR DUALS ITALY-LITHUANIA – 132 pounds: in his first fight on 6-15-07 in San Prisco, Italy, he won a decision against Ignazio Crivello of Italy; in his second fight on 6-17-07 in Bari, Italy, he won a decision against Michele Dantino of Italy…

2007 ALGIRDAS SOCIKAS TOURNAMENT – Kaunas, Lithuania, 132 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the semifinals (his first fight) on 5-11-07 he won a 17-8 decision against Alexandros Kirsanidis of Greece; in the finals on 5-12-07 he won a 17-5 decision against Vitali Yagneshik of Belarus…

2007 LITHUANIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Panavezys, Lithuania, 132 pounds: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 4-19-07 he was stopped against Marius Narkevicius

2006 JUNIOR DUALS FRANCE – 141 pounds: in his first fight on 12-15-06 in Montbeliard, France, he won a 3-0 decision against Read Mecheri of France; in his second fight on 12-16-06 in La Machine, France, he lost a 3-0 decision against Michel Tavares of France…

2006 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – Agadir, Morocco, 125 pounds: in his first fight on 9-9-06 he won a 16-12 decision against Luo Wenxin of China; in his second fight on 9-11-06 he was stopped against Hamza Kramou of Algeria…

2006 LITHUANIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Siauliai, Lithuania, 132 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 3-29-06 he stopped Aivaras Zukauskas in the 2nd round; in the semifinals on 3-31-06 he stopped Tomas Balsys in the 3rd round; in the finals on 4-1-06 he lost a 41-26 decision against Marius Narkevicius

2004 EUROPEAN CADET CHAMPIONSHIPS – Saratov, Russia, 114 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 9-15-04 he won a 25-17 decision against Maksim Vilde of Estonia; in the semifinals on 9-17-04 he lost a 24-9 decision against David Mueller of Germany…

 

KNOCKDOWNS: Egidijus said, “No, never – amateur or pro.”…

CUTS:

  • 7-7-18: was cut two times against Juan Abreu – over right eye, head clash, 1st round; over left eye, head clash, 5th round; “I was very mad when I had the first cut. It was at the beginning of the fight. In the first round, I didn’t know how bad the cut was, but the doctor came over and he was like, ‘Oh, damn!’ I could see his face and I was hoping they wouldn’t stop the fight. But my cut man, Dr. Roger, did a great job and we kept going. Then the second cut was not as bad as the first one.”…
  • 10-14-16: was cut against Cameron Krael – over left eye, 7th round; “It was just a small cut.”…

OTHER INJURIES:

  • March, 2015: had a ruptured right biceps muscle; had surgery…

FOULS: “One time, I think in the 2009 World Championships, I was fighting a tall Japanese guy. I was a much shorter guy. It was an accidental low blow, kind of a hard punch. I feel sorry for the guy. He went down and the referee took a point from me.”…

STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style, good skills and movement…physically strong, has good punching power…had a strong amateur background…has a strong family athletic background…

WEAKNESSES: Still gaining experience…

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 5 years, 8 months…20 fights…82 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 4.1 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 80 %…

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 10 rounds – 1 (1-0)…8 rounds – 2 (2-0)…

fight history

  • 2018

    3RD NABF W TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight on 11-16-18 in Oklahoma City, OK, he won by knockout (3rd round) against previously undefeated Roberto Arriaza (17-0): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured with the Maurice Hooker vs. Alex Saucedo main event; Egis was cut badly over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 2nd round, but he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 3rd, and Arriza was counted out at 3:00…

    2ND NABF W TITLE DEFENSE – On 7-7-18 in Fresno, CA, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Juan Abreu (21-3-1): the bout headlined at the Save Mart Center when Jose Ramirez’ scheduled WBC world title defense against Danny O’Connor was cancelled the day before the fight – O’Connor was severely dehydrated and hospitalized trying to make weight; Egis pressed forward and dominated most of the fight, but Abreu was an awkward, defensive-minded opponent and the action was slow-paced; Egis was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 1st round, and cut over his left eye by a clash of heads in the 5th, but consistently out-worked Abreu; scored 97-93, 97-93, 96-94.

    1ST NABF W TITLE DEFENSE – On 2-16-18 in Reno, NV, he won by TKO (6th round) against former WBA welterweight world champion David Avanesyan (23-2-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured with the Ray Beltran vs. Paulus Moses main event; the early rounds were close, but Egis landed the harder punches, staggered Avanesyan with a left hook in the 3rd round, and wore him down in the following rounds; Egis staggered Avanesyan with a series of punches in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:55.

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  • 2017

    WON VACANT NABF W TITLE – in his last fight on 9-22-17 in Tucson, AZ, he won by TKO (7th round) against Mahonri Montes (33-6-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Oscar Valdez vs. Genesis Servania main event; Servania gave a strong effort and it was a good fight, but Egis consistently landed the harder punches and wore him down; Montes’ right eye began to swell early in the fight and worsened as the rounds progressed; Egis rocked Montes with a series of punches in the 7th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:34…

    On 5-26-17 in Chicago, IL, he won by knockout (7th round) against Daniel Echeverria 19-4): the scheduled 8-rounder was one of the co-featured bouts at the UIC Pavilion, and ended with a spectacular knockout; Echeverria was awkward and durable, but Egis pressed forward and consistently out-worked him; Egis scored a devastating knockdown with a left hook-right hand combination in the 7th round, and Echeverria was counted out at 1:19…

    On 4-8-17 in Oxon Hill, MD, he won by knockout (4th round) against Ramses Agaton (18-5-3): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa main event, and Egis dominated the fight; he scored two knockdowns in the 3rd round, both with a series of punches; he scored another knockdown with a right hand that dropped Agaton flat on his back late in the 4th, and he was counted out at 2:58…

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  • 2016

    On 10-14-16 in Studio City, CA, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Cameron Krael (8-11-2): the bout was co-featured at Sportsmen’s Lodge, and it was a good fight; Egidijus pressed forward and landed the harder punches, but Kreal gave a determined effort and kept him off-balance with movement; Egidijus staggered Kreal with a left hook-right hand combination in the 3rd round, but Kreal rallied in the 7th – he rocked Egidijus with a right hand, and Egidijus was cut over his right eye; scored 77-75 on all three scorecards.

    On 7-16-16 in Lancaster, CA, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Jeremy Bryan (17-6): the scheduled 8-rounder was one of the featured fights at the Pioneer Event Center, and Egidijus quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 3rd round – Bryan’s corner threw in the towel, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:08.

    On 4-9-16 in Las Vegas, NV, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Deniz Ilbay (15-0): the bout was on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. III main event; Ilbay gave a determined effort, but Egidijus dominated the fight; he pressed forward and consistently outworked Ilbay, landed the harder punches, and rocked him repeatedly; scored 80-72 on all three scorecards.

    On 2-13-16 in Studio City, CA, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Prenice Brewer (17-3-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was one of the co-features with the Alex Saucedo-Clarence Booth main event, and Egidijus quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 2nd round, then floored Brewer again with a series of punches, but it was ruled a slip – Brewer got up, but Egidijus rocked him with another series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:24.

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