KELLY GETS KOSTOV
SATURDAY August 26, 2017
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.”