Welterweight Egidijus Kavaliauskas, a 2008 and 2012 Olympian from Lithuania and one of Top Rank’s most heralded prospects, will be on the shelf for about five months.
Kavaliauskas (9-0, 8 KOs), who has looked like a beast since turning pro in March 2013, ruptured his right biceps in a recent training session getting ready for a scheduled eight-round bout against Arman Ovsepyan in Laredo, Texas, on Saturday night on the undercard of Top Rank’s UniMas-televised card.
Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN.com that Kavaliauskas, 26, has returned to Lithuania for surgery to repair the injury.
“We expect him back in the fall,” Moretti said. “Once it’s repaired he should be fine but he needs to recover 100 percent. Then we’ll get him back on schedule. It’s a tough blow. He’s one of our top-notch prospects like Felix Verdejo, Oscar Valdez, and guys of that ilk as far as fighters who have potential for greatness.”