Josh Kelly Stops Kris George, Adds Commonwealth Belt

By Elliot Foster

Josh Kelly scored a retirement victory to add to his title tally.

The former Team GB Olympian picked up Kris George’s Commonwealth welterweight title at the Metro Radio Arena.

Kelly is now seven from seven as a pro with six early after the Australian was withdrawn by his corner at the end of the seventh round, exclusively live on Sky Sports.


He forced George (now 16-2) to feel the power in the opening round as he made the first defence of his WBA International title in Newcastle.

It was a good display by ‘PBK’, who is trained by Adam Booth, and the fight – which was relatively one-sided throughout – was brought to an end after George’s corner pulled their man out with an injury to the right hand.

“It was good pressure in there tonight and I felt like I got complacent because I knew I could deal with what he had,” Kelly said afterwards. “It shouldn’t really have happened and I didn’t need to be taking shots, so that’s something that we need to clean up, but I’m only seven fights in and there is plenty to do.”

Kelly’s promoter Eddie Hearn said that his man could fight in America next, with the first Matchroom USA card tabbed for a venue in New York on September 22, and that he won the fight with ease.

Further details regarding the star amateur’s hopefully quick return will be revealed in due course.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Randall Cunning on 06-17-2018

[QUOTE=BigZ44;18867150]Damn, too bad, I liked that trajectory. Hope they don't move him too quickly[/QUOTE] Hearn saying he wants Brandon Rios or Victor Ortiz for Kelly next, Barroso or Darleys Perez for Ritson.

Comment by asgarth on 06-17-2018

[QUOTE=BigZ44;18867038]Fonfara stops Sillakh on his feet in the 6th when Sillakh doesn't throw back after a 100 punch combination :lol1:[/QUOTE] remember when sillakh once was talked about as a real contender. but dude has a glass chin and always breaks…

Comment by Armchairhero on 06-17-2018

I was at the arena last night and the kelly fight was a bit of a let down, the place was bouncing after Ritson, they should have had Ritson headling the bill.

Comment by Mick Higgs on 06-17-2018

Bradley Skeete is still British champion, so how about Kelly throwing down the gauntlet?

Comment by aboutfkntime on 06-16-2018

they need to take their time with Kelly, he is a work in progress be interesting to see how Hearn moves him baby steps, for now..... because, you can..... and, because there is no downside at this point he needs…

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