WHO HAS THE BEST CHANCE OF WINNING A WORLD TITLE – JOSH KELLY OR LEWIS RITSON? Carl Frampton Gary Logan Dave Coldwell Declan Taylor
I’d go with Josh Kelly. He’s a very stylish fighter. He’s big, he’s strong. I’ve seen him spar Josh Taylor before. Whenever I’d watch Josh Taylor spar, he’d get his way and beat people up. But against Josh Kelly it was very, very competitive and brilliant to watch. I think Kelly’s destined for the top.
Tough question. With the proliferation of regular and interim titles, I’m going to go for the bigger athletic talent of Kelly. I love Ritson’s no-nonsense style, but lightweight is a tough, tough division.
Ritson is exciting, and heavyhanded, and Kelly is skilful and has dazzling speed. But Kelly operates in a very tough division at welter and his biggest challenge could be the timing of a world title shot. Ritson, meanwhile, is operating at a domestic level and he can be vulnerable. I think it’s too early to be talking world titles.
With Errol Spence, Terence Crawford and Keith Thurman around, it is hard to see Kelly winning a world title at 147 in the next couple of years. Lightweight, meanwhile, is a division which is more in flux, so you would think Ritson’s opportunity will come sooner, and he’s good enough to take it.