Welterweight prospect Josh Kelly is considered one of the rising stars in the 147-pound division, and the 25-year-old fighter is hoping to one day fight at the home of Sunderland A.F.C., the Stadium of Light.
“Fighting at the Stadium of Light would be out of this world,” said Kelly. “The Sunderland lads have always backed me throughout my career, and I’d love to have an opportunity to repay their loyal support. They haven’t had much to shout about in recent times, so I’d love to put a smile back on their faces!
“Hopefully we can do something up there in the future. A world title fight in my home city would obviously be the dream and it’s something I’m striving for every day. When I was at the Sunderland Academy, I always thought I’d play at the stadium one day, but to fight there for a world title would be even better.”
World titles are fairly distant in the future for Kelly (8-0, 6 KO), who returns on April 20 against Poland’s Przemyslaw Runowski (17-0, 3 KO), an unbeaten young fighter himself.
Kelly says he’s not looking past that fight, but he plans to put on a show.
“I’ve done my research on Runowski, and he’s a solid opponent to test myself against. He’s unbeaten for a reason,” Kelly said. “They breed them tough in eastern Europe, he looks very confident in himself. He’s strong and fit and he’s done a few 10-rounders. I don’t expect him to come over here just to lay down.
“He’s going to keep on me while the fight lasts so I’ll have to keep my concentration and not switch off. I’m looking to dismantle him in style and put on a show to remind everyone what I’m about. 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.”