Kris George vs. Josh Kelly l Main Card Fight Preview & Prediction

“Pretty Boy” Josh Kelly is poised to launch his inaugural challenge for gold since his Olympic Games crusade this weekend when he will face Commonwealth champion Kris George of Australia. This welterweight boxing contest will headline a full card in the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England on Saturday, 16th June, 2018. Follow our fight preview below for more details.

 

Fight preview

Aussie title holder George has his work cut out in facing a fresh undefeated professional boxer in Kelly, who has grown in stature since his surge to glory with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom. His north east stablemate Lewis Ritson also makes the card in the penultimate fight of the evening when he will defend his British lightweight tile against Paul Hyland.

With the young prospects earning their stripes to write the headlines in this weekend’s tabloids, and a home crowd on their side, one can assume the action will not disappoint.

Veteran Ricky Burns is another high profile name on this Newcastle event, albeit a fading star with all things considered. Even landing a spot on this card without an opponent being formally named speaks volumes about the Scot’s fall from grace. It was not too long ago that Burns was trading blows with the likes of new welterweight champion Terence Crawford, but as one reclined to the shadows the other claimed Vegas as his stage for winning world titles.

But back to the pride of Britain. We last saw Kelly in an anti-climatic 12 round stinger with Carlos Molina in Cardiff, a fight in which he supported Anthony Joshua. The Sunderland boxer left his showboating in the dressing room that night, but one can only hope that he returns to the ring this weekend full of the signature swagger and silky movement that sets him apart from his peers.

Kris George form and recent fight record

On paper, George hasn’t put a foot wrong expect perhaps settle for domestic opposition to boost his credentials. Even carrying the title as the champion, it’s the Aussie who will be expected to pick up his game and dodge the hurricane punches of Kelly, that he has not encountered through his local wins. George may have KO’d four of his last five foes but that record means nothing when the belt is on the line.

Date

Opponent

Venue

Result

Method

10/03/18 Maximiliano Leonel Scalzone Rumours International, Toowoomba W KO
22/10/17 Jack Brubaker The Star, Sydney, Pyrmont W TKO
25/11/16 Cameron Hammond* Rumours International, Toowoomba W UD
21/07/16 Bowyn Morgan* Horncastle Arena, Christchurch W TKO
13/05/16 Arnon Yucharoen Rumours International, Toowoomba W UD

 

Josh Kelly form and recent fight record

The reputation of Pretty Boy as KO artist has picked up speed swiftly, owing largely due to the exciting fighting style in which he scores a win. Kelly has dominated in each of his last five fights and only Molina – a seasoned pro with a respectable boxing repertoire – could take him the full 12 rounds. Kelly’s highlight reel is a spectacular watch albeit a short one. This upcoming bout marks his second fight of the year and his first in England.

Date

Opponent

Venue

Result

Method

31/03/18 Carlos Molina* Principality Stadium, Cardiff W UD
13/12/17 Jean Michel Hamilcaro York Hall, Bethnal Green W TKO
21/10/17 Jose Luis Zuniga The SSE Arena, Belfast W TKO
23/06/17 Tom Whitfield Walker Activity Dome, Newcastle W KO
13/05/17 Jony Vina Barclaycard Arena (formerly NIA) , Birmingham W TKO

 

Kris George vs. Josh Kelly fight prediction

Give Kris George a mark of respect for travelling out of his way to take on a tougher challenge than he’s ever faced before, because that’s the sum total of what he will be leaving newcastle with on Saturday. The champion may know how to connect with a solid punch, but his nemesis on the night practically dodges bullets in the ring, whilst powering up for side splitting KO’s of his own. That’s close to where where we see the fight heading to which is why we are predicting Kelly to earn an emphatic win by stoppage. If you’re found of an accumulator, take the odds on Kelly and Ritson to finish their respective fights within the distance.

 

Full card

  • Kris George vs. Josh Kelly, for George’s Commonwealth welterweight title
  • Lewis Ritson vs. Paul Hyland Jr., 12 rounds, for Ritson’s British lightweight title
  • Ricky Burns vs. TBA, 10 rounds, junior welterweights
  • Stuart Hall vs. Gavin McDonnell, 12 rounds, junior featherweights
  • Charlie Edwards vs. Anthony Nelson, 12 rounds, junior bantamweights
  • Simon Vallily vs. Arfan Iqbal, 10 rounds, cruiserweights

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