21 August 2010 – David Boyle
On September 18 Frank Warren promotes his Magnificent Seven bill at the LG in Birmingham.
Featuring on the card is Frankie Gavin, one of the most talked about British prospects of recent years. Facing him on the night will be Dundalks Michael Kelly, with the vacant Irish light-welterweight title the prize for the victor.
Despite being a big underdog, Kelly believes he can pull off an upset.
I believe I can win, he said. I know how to fight and I know how to win.
For all of my fights to date, I have had barely four weeks notice for a fight and its hard getting up and motivated for a fight, especially when you dont even know who you are facing.
This time around, Kelly has been afforded the luxury of a full training camp and he believes that will be evident on the night.
Frankie is a hell of a fighter no question, but in me he is entering the unknown and I have read he plans beat me inside three rounds, and I wish him all the best in trying.
The gym is just buzzing at the moment. John (Breen) works every fighter hard and Eamonn (Magee) is great to train with and motivates everyone.
With the likes of Paul McCloskey, Jamie Conlan and Andy Murray as sparring partners, Kelly’s camp is a no nonsense affair.
I have been sparring Jamie and Michael McLaughlin and soon Paul McCloskey will be sparring which will be great, the need for sparring southpaws is so important.