Josh Kelly can showcase his skills on Saturday, live on Sky Sports
Josh Kelly can prove himself as one of the world’s hottest prospects when he challenges for a Commonwealth title in just his seventh fight, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
The 24-year-old, nicknamed ‘Pretty Boy’, has made a supremely confident start to his professional career, defeating former IBF title holder Carlos Molina in March, and will face Commonwealth champion Kris George on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.
The lofty ambitions of Kelly and trainer Adam Booth have even surprised Hearn, who expects the Sunderland man to showcase his blistering speed against the Australian at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.
‘Pretty Boy’ Kelly takes on Commonwealth champion Kris George
“I never expected that after six fights Josh would be WBA international champion and beat someone like Carlos Molina, but his progression has been driven by his performances and the belief of Adam Booth.
“This is a different type of test in George, a champion, someone that is tough, rugged and very hungry. He will try and make it a dogfight and take Josh into deep waters, but he is going to get hit by shots that he doesn’t see.
“PBK maybe the hottest prospect in world boxing right now and I’m looking forward to watching him soaking it all up on Saturday”
Lewis Ritson faces Paul Hyland Jnr in a battle of two unbeaten fighters
One the same bill, Lewis Ritson can win the British lightweight belt outright against Paul Hyland Jnr, around eight months after he first claimed the Lonsdale title.
“It’s one the most remarkable turnarounds I’ve seen in a career,” said Hearn.