Jimmy Kelly is looking to bounce back quickly from his first career loss to Liam Smith and has linked up with respected Manchester based trainer Lee Beard.
Beard has managed Kelly for sometime now and they have finally joined forces in the gymnasium during aftermath of Jimmy’s first career loss to Liam Smith last December for the WBO World Light Middleweight strap.
“I’ve parted ways with Ensley (Bingham) but it is on good terms. I can’t thank Ensley enough for what he has done for me but I felt like I needed a change and have started training with Lee Beard. Lee manages me so it felt like a natural move to make. He is a very technical trainer and we are brushing up on certain things,” Kelly told World Boxing News.
The Wythenshawe native had picked up 16 wins with no defeats and the WBO Intercontinental and WBC Youth titles prior to the Smith bout, showing he has undoubted ability that stems from a successful amateur career. Kelly now looks to rebuild alongside Beard and Frank Warren and hopes to be back in the ring soon.
“I’ve been training for four weeks now with Lee. I was hoping to get on the Liverpool show in March but I was told it was full so I’ll probably be fighting again in April. I’ve been told an 8 rounder in April is likely then hopefully push on to international titles. I know I can compete at world level and I want to rebuild down the international route and pick up something like a WBA International belt soon.”
Kelly’s challenge against ‘Beefy’ Smith was seen as a massive step up for the 23 year old Mancunian and Jimmy was open and honest about his take on the Smith bout and how it can help him build to the future.
“I would never of took the fight if I didn’t believe I could win it. I believed I could and I was ready for 12 rounds. My fitness was spot on. I felt I was in the fight and I landed some good shots. Liam caught me with a good shot behind the ear and I staggered from it as my legs had gone. People said it was too early for me but I felt I could compete at that level and I know I will do again in the future.”
Jimmy Kelly’s link up with Lee Beard sees him join a budding stable that includes the very highly rated Super Lightweight Jack Catterall and Indian superstar Vijender Singh and is set to be back in the ring in April, more than likely in the North West.
Chris Glover is a staff writer for WBN. Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisGlover28