Sunderland Boxer Josh Kelly prepares for Commonwealth title fight

Written by on 3rd May 2018

Sunderland Boxer Josh Kelly is preparing to fight for the Commonwealth Welterweight and WBA International Welterweight titles next month at the Arena in Newcastle.

Ryhope born Kelly (6-0-0 4KO) will headline his second show under the guidance of Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing on a card that sees an array of North East fighters, including Geordie Lewis Ritson.

Kelly’s opponent Kris George (14-1-0 8KO) from Queensland, Australia and current Commonwealth belt holder won the belt by beating fellow Aussie Cameron Hammond on points and making a successful defense against another Aussie in Jack Brubaker, winning via Technical Knock Out.

Kelly comes into this fight off the back of an impressive points win against former world champion Carlos Molina on the Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker undercard.

In last weeks press conference there was a big theme about bringing boxing back to the North East, with this being the first big show in the region since 2014 and 2015’s shows at the arena which featured the likes of Anthony Joshua and Chris Eubank Jr.

Kelly said: “We all talk about the North East in sort of Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough but I think in terms of the boxing, boxing brings it all together.”

“I feel as though everyone is getting behind everyone for this fight and all of our challenges to come.”

“I mean the North East hasn’t had boxing back up here in a while and I feel as though now is the time to push on and were going to bring it back in a big way.”

Kelly’s coach, Adam Booth, said: “Josh is a special talent he really is, not just in the ring, but out the ring as well and he’s going to have that cross over appeal as a fighter.”

Speaking about the fight itself Booth said: “Styles make fights and Josh doesn’t just have the style to deal with many styles he seems to have an ability to read something that’s going to happen before the other fellas even decided that he’s going to do it.”

This article originally appeared on SportsByte.

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