World-ranked welterweight Michael McKinson is inspired by confirmation of his fight with the hard-hitting Ryan Kelly.
‘The Problem’ McKinson (15-0-KO2) defends his WBC International Silver title against Kelly (13-1-KO7) at MTK Global’s March 9 show at the Brentwood Centre in Essex – live on iFL TV.
Having disposed of Sam McNess in impressive style at York Hall last time out, McKinson is keen to kick off a potentially huge 2019 with victory over a man whose power he respects.
McKinson said: “There’s no doubt that Ryan Kelly is a massive threat. He’s a big puncher and he’s coming down from the weight above. He’s very strong.
“To be honest, I only really like taking these kind of fights – the ones in which people don’t back me 100% and the reason is simply because I like proving people wrong.
“Winning this will get me closer to the big names I’ve been calling for. This is a very tough test in front of me but I look forward to it. I welcome the challenge.
“The added pressure of a hostile atmosphere makes me perform better. I like it. It’s what I need and it really helps me to raise my game.”
In addition to the title fight between McKinson and Kelly, Mikey Sakyi defends his Southern Area super-lightweight crown against Id Hill with a lengthy undercard to be announced shortly.