Exclusive: Adam Booth talks Josh Kelly, Ryan Burnett title shot

Joe Hewlett 28/04/2017

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Josh Kelly produced a glittering performance to wow the Glasgow crowd at the Hydro on his debut outing as a professional.

Master tactician trainer Adam Booth has signalled his high praise towards one of his newest additions to the stable.

“For a professional debut, it was very good. I have seen his amateur fights and have been testing him in the gym and am impressed. This year he will have eight fights and after that period I’ll then decide his next stage of development,” Booth exclusively told World Boxing News during Joshua v Klitschko fight week.

“He’s very talented and is more advanced than most fighters who have fought just once at professional level. Saturday should be nice and fun for him, though I don’t think he’ll feature on the undercard that’s televised. But that’s fine. I expect Josh to progress quickly.”

Kelly’s Father, Paul, was the man who helped mastermind the pairing after messaging Booth on Facebook about the possibility. Three months later, the duo met up. And the rest is history as they say.

‘Pretty Boy’ Kelly has admitted he’s enjoying life under the guidance of Booth and has vowed to dazzle the crowd once again Saturday.

“I love performing in the ring. The bigger the crowd, the better, I loved it. In Scotland, I felt relaxed to be fair, I took it in my stride. I’m improving each week under Adam and am feeling improvements each time after being on the pads with him.

“I feel like I’ve moved up another level since joining the team. I can’t wait to see what I’m like in a years’ time,” the 23-year-old said.

There has also been other big news. Fellow stable mate, Ryan Burnett has earnt a title shot against IBF champion Lee Haskins.

It will be the Northern Irishmen’s first crack at a world title with the 24-year-old boasting an undefeated record of 16 professional contests.

Booth spoke of his confidence and belief in the fighter: “The fight will be at the Odyssey Arena on June 10. My overall feelings have been that he has been held back like a Pitbull.

“He had to add things to his game before I felt confident of letting him off the leash. Now that he has proved to me he can control certain things, I’m gonna let him off the leash and just let him do what he wants now.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95