Eimantas Stanionis is a name that boxing fans should pay attention to. The 28-year-old Lithuanian is one of the most promising talents in the welterweight division, having won the WBA (Regular) title in April 2022 with a split decision victory over Radzhab Butaev. Stanionis has an impressive record of 14 wins, 0 losses and 1 no-contest, with 9 wins by knockout.
Stanionis started boxing at the age of 13, after being involved in street fights and mixed martial arts as a child. He had a successful amateur career, winning 141 of 160 bouts, two youth national titles, four senior national crowns and the gold medal at the 2015 European Championships in the welterweight bracket. He also represented Lithuania at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where he lost to the eventual silver medalist Shakhram Giyasov of Uzbekistan.
Stanionis turned professional in 2017, signing with Ringstar Sports and training under Freddie Roach. He made his debut on April 9, 2017, knocking out Rasheed Olawale Lawal in the first round. He then went on to win his next three fights in 2017, two by knockout and one by unanimous decision. In 2018, he fought three more times, winning all by technical knockout. In 2019, he fought thrice again, winning two by stoppage and one by unanimous decision.
Stanionis stepped up his competition level in 2020, facing two undefeated opponents in Justin DeLoach and Janer Gonzalez. He knocked out both of them in the ninth round, showing his power and stamina. In 2021, he faced his first twelve-round bout against former world title challenger Thomas Dulorme, whom he defeated by unanimous decision. He then faced former world champion Luis Collazo, but the fight ended in a no-contest due to an accidental head clash that caused a cut on Collazo’s eye.
Stanionis is now the WBA (Regular) welterweight champion, after beating Radzhab Butaev in a close and competitive fight. Stanionis showed his skills, speed and aggression, but also faced some adversity from Butaev’s pressure and counterpunching. The judges scored the fight 115-113, 114-114 and 116-112 for Stanionis, who became the first Lithuanian to win a world title in boxing.
Stanionis is a rising star in the welterweight division, with a bright future ahead of him. He has the talent, the power, the work ethic and the ambition to become one of the best fighters in the world. He is also a humble and respectful person, who credits his mother for raising him and his coach for guiding him. He has a bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and speaks fluent English.
Stanionis is ready to take on any challenge that comes his way, and he has his eyes set on unifying the belts with the other champions in the division. He wants to fight the likes of Errol Spence Jr., Terence Crawford, Yordenis Ugas and Manny Pacquiao. He believes he can beat anyone with his style and determination.
Eimantas Stanionis is not just a boxer, he is a warrior. He is not just a champion, he is a legend in the making.