June 26 Jonny Stapleton
MICHAEL KELLY plans to trade sheep sheering for cutting up and exposing fighters this Autumn.
The Dundalk native returns to the ring for the first time since his loss to ‘Fun Time’ Frankie Gavin last September on BDR promotion’s promotional bow in his home town on October 22.
And the fighter, who had a clippers and not a pair of gloves as his tool of work for the last five months, promises to be a cut above which ever fighter he faces in his Irish title fight.
The fit and fresh 36 year old will challenge for either the Irish welter or lightweight title against a yet to be named opponent on the top Ireland’s latest promoter Maria Ni Shiuleabain’s first show.
“Last time I fought was against Frankie Gavin for an Irish title and I am delighted to be back in the ring on Maria Ni Shuleabain’s show. I am excited about fight for the Irish title again. Obviously it is the second time I am challenging for the belt, but my training was interrupted last time out. This time I am going to be training for eight weeks solid. I am back up in Breen’s gym starting next week and my preparations will be perfect. Breen’s gym is the top gym in the country in my opinion,” Kelly told www.irish-boxing.com.
Kelly, who tops the ‘Home Coming’ bill, will be a year out of the ring by the time his October tilt comes around, but he claims he has kept in shape over the last 12 months.
He also stresses his stint in Breen’s in Belfast will leave him well oiled and ring rust won’t be an issue.
“To be honest I have been sheep shearing everyday since the last week in March, but I have been ticking over. I haven’t let myself go. A week of sparring should rid me of the ring rust. I should be sparring with Paul McCloskey and Andrew Murray. Possibly more Andrew because he is at my weight” Kelly added before singing off the one fight at a time hymn sheet.
“I am going to train hard for this fight and then see were that takes me. We will go from there. I am excited about fighting at home and on a show that promises to be a bit different to say the least.”