Josh Kelly unfazed by Eastern European test prior to Anthony Joshua bill
British welterweight contender Josh Kelly is unfazed at the task in front of him as the talented boxer prepares for a return in London this month.
The undefeated 25 year-old is pitted against 17-0 Przemyslaw Runowski at the O2 Arena. It’s a contest which sees a rankings WBA boost at stake.
Kelly is planning another impressive year, with a slot on the Anthony Joshua v Jarrell Miller bill on the cards with a victory.
Looking forward to the clash, which features on the Derek Chisora v Senad Gashi / Dave Allen v Lucas Browne event, Kelly sounded confident.
“Runowski’s a solid opponent, unbeaten for a reason,” said Kelly. “They breed them tough in Eastern Europe. But I’m ready to dismantle him.
“I’ll put on a show for everyone in the crowd and watching at home.
“It excites me every time I step through the ropes. This year is going to be massive if everything goes to plan.
“I’ve got to keep my feet firmly on the ground, continue to work and get the results,” he added.
Promoter Eddie Hearn is excited about yet another packed Matchroom offering on UK soil this month.
“I’m excited to be back at The O2 for this big Heavyweight double-header,” said Hearn.
“Dave Allen has become a cult hero over the last year. But this time he is in deep against former WBA World Champion Lucas Browne.
“Browne, who lost to Dillian Whyte at the same venue just under a year ago, has bounced back with three wins since.
“He’s looking for a shot at one of the big boys. For Dave, this is a dream chance to catapult himself into the big time in a vibrant Heavyweight market.
“Chisora returns after his FOTY contender with Dillian Whyte in December against the tough Senad Gashi.
“Gashi went to war with Takam in December on less than a week’s notice. This time he will be fully prepared in what I believe will be a very tough fight.
“One of the world’s biggest young talents Josh Kelly defends his WBA title against unbeaten Pole Przemyslaw Runowski.
“Fellow Olympian Joe Cordina will challenge Andy Townend for the vacant British Lightweight title.
“Unbeaten 147lb star Conor Benn also returns to action following a hand injury as he hunts major domestic titles in 2019,” he added.