Warming up the debate on the British gold began as talk of the end of the work broke out during the opening of the meeting against the legend of the North East fight for the British Super Welterweight Championship confirmed between Darlington’s Troy Williamson (19-0-1, 14KOs) and Sunderland’s Josh Kelly (12- 1-1, 7 KOs) at the Utilita Arena, Newcastle on Friday December 2, live on Channel 5.
This is the fight I want. I love Josh, we traveled together when we did the little thing, but it’s business at the end of the day, and we’re going to start business on December 2nd.
I think Josh has had a good run, and I don’t think he’s anywhere near as bad as some people are saying he might be; he is still only a young man. He was hyped about it early in his career, but I don’t think he moved as much as people thought he would. He is now fighting for the British title, and it is time for me to end his career. I believe that I will do that.
100% positive, I think this fight has come at the right time for me. I’ve boxed in big events, and I’ve been under the spotlight before, so I know what this feels like. I am more experienced in this department and I know it is my time to go and take this British title with both hands.
The northeast is a small place so you will get good sparring where you can. Troy has good sparring, and we came through Team GB where we saw a lot of each other. I know the skill level and passion that I possess that makes this the perfect fight and the perfect time to take this on. I’m getting ready to go.
This British title is something that means a lot to everyone in this country. My eyes are also on the big, world titles and to get there you have to beat the likes of Troy Williamson.
The end of my career? No, that cannot happen. I’m only 28 years old and I’m still young in this sport and Troy is older than him, so winning this British title could be part of what he sees and I’m the one who will end his career. Where is he going after I take this title? He doesn’t have many options, and it’s going to be a fun night for me, let me tell you.
Look at Sauerland:
Two people, two gladiators, who absolutely love it. I struggle to think of regions around the world, let alone in the UK, where sport is more important to them than the North East. It will be a packed house, and the main thing is for the British title. Something clean in this game, and naturally it leads to great things.
You’re talking about the ultimate eliminators, or the big fights that broke you out on the world stage, whoever wins on December 2nd WILL get that win; what is given.
The reward that these two have achieved through intense training will be the Channel 5 platform, audiences across the country, shown to countries around the world. It is a big fight that I believe will not only determine the actions of these fighters, but will also entertain the entire nation.
I am very excited to be back in the Northeast on December 2nd.
I remember watching the situation as a fan from the outside, and I have never seen a fighter built like a rocket and fired up to 100 times like that. He lost once in the beginning of his career and as I assumed earlier, Wladimir Klitschko lost several times before going on to defend the heavyweight belt for ten years.
I think that Josh lost once in his early career was too much, it was like the end of a whole day and a month. Josh Kelly then was a different fighter to Josh Kelly now. The great thing about this British title fight is that it’s a true step up for one of those, but we finally know what Josh can do. It’s in the hands of Adam Booth, who I rate as one of the best coaches in recent years, and I have full faith in them.