Josh Kelly believes big time boxing will be back to stay in the north east if he can rip the Commonwealth Welterweight title from Kris George at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Saturday June 16, live on Sky Sports. (photos by Lawrence Lustig).
Kelly is gunning for his second pro title having landed the WBA International strap at Principality Stadium in Cardiff in March against former World ruler Carlos Molina in just his sixth outing in the paid ranks.
‘Pretty Boy’ puts that title on the line against George, the Australian defending the Commonwealth for the second time having seen off Jack Brubaker in October after landing the crown in November 2016 against Cameron Hammond.
The 28 year old visitor will look to derail Kelly’s progress, but with a card stacked full of local talent led by co-headliner and British Lightweight king Lewis Ritson, the Sunderland ace plans to add more silverware in style to keep the Sky Sports cameras coming back to the north east.
Kelly’s clash with George is part of a huge night of action in Newcastle as Ritson aims to land the Lord Lonsdale belt outright against Paul Hyland Jr.
Gavin McDonnell defends his WBC International Super-Bantamweight title against Stuart Hall in a must-win clash for both men, Charlie Edwards and Anthony Nelson meet for the vacant WBA Continental Super-Flyweight title and Arfan Iqbal defends his English Cruiserweight belt against Simon Vallily.