KELLY GETS KOSTOV

SATUR­DAY Au­gust 26, 2017

Boxing News - - The Week -

IT is an­nounced that Jimmy “Kil­rain” Kelly will fea­ture on the un­der­card of Hughie Fury’s chal­lenge for the WBO heavy­weight ti­tle against Joseph Parker at Manch­ester Arena on Septem­ber 23. Kelly will fea­ture as chief sup­port on a card that in­cludes the Bri­tish ban­tamweight cham­pi­onship show­down be­tween Josh Wale and Don Broad­hurst,

plus a Bri­tish light­weight ti­tle elim­i­na­tor be­tween Joe Mur­ray

and Matty Fa­gan.

Pop­u­lar Wythen­shawe fighter Kelly faces Bul­garia’s Stiliyan Kostov over 12 rounds as he looks to get back into world ti­tle con­tention fol­low­ing his loss in his first at­tempt to the then-wbo cham­pion Liam Smith back in De­cem­ber 2015.

A for­mer WBC Youth ti­tle-holder, Kelly is on an un­beaten six-fight run since the loss to Smith, and a vic­tory over Kostov – who’s claimed 16 out of 21 vic­to­ries by KO – will put him back in the mix for a po­ten­tial world ti­tle shot down the line.

“It’s one of the big­gest fight nights in Bri­tish box­ing this year, and I’m thrilled to be chief sup­port to Hughie’s chal­lenge for the WBO ti­tle,” says Kelly.

“We’re both Manch­ester lads and we trained in the same club as amateurs, so I aim to make it a dou­ble on the night with him.”

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