Top welterweight prospect Josh Kelly has joined this Saturday’s Oleksandr Usyk-Tony Bellew card, the first of two planned appearances before year’s end.
Busy few weeks for @JOSHPBK...— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) November 5, 2018
#PBKJR born over the weekend
Fights Walter Fabian Castillo this Saturday on the #UsykBellew undercard
✨ Then back out on Dec 8's Sheffield show pic.twitter.com/gFwtMpmx1r
Kelly (7-0, 5 KO) took some moderate steps up in 2018, defeating Carlos Molina (the good one) and Australia’s Kris George. As an amateur, he took bronze at the Euro championships and represented Great Britain in Rio, losing to eventual gold medalist Daniyar Yeleussinov.
Our own James Copley profiled “Pretty Boy” here.
Castillo (13-2, 3 KO) is not, as I’d first expected upon reading his name, the Walter Castillo who fought Devon Alexander last year. This Castillo has lost two of his last three and will be fighting outside of his native Argentina for the first time. In short, exactly the sort of guy they’d pit Kelly against to ensure he’ll still be able to make the December date.
The card will also feature Anthony Crolla against a resurgent Daud Yordan, Scott Cardle against late replacement Ricky Burns, and Dave Allen against TBA.