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Jimmy Kelly romps to title win in Manchester

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Light middleweight prospect Jimmy Kilrain Kelly won his third professional title at the weekend. The Manchester-born youngster put in a career-best performance to outpoint Argentina’s Martin Fidel Rios and win the WBO Inter-Continental title.

The Wythenshawe boxer adds the WBO strap to his WBC Youth Silver and WBC Youth belts.

Fighting on the Boxnation World War 3 bill at the Manchester Arena, Kelly was a class above his South American opponent, scoring knockdowns in the second and third round.

After ten rounds of dominance against a rough opponent, the judges’s final scorecards read 99-89, 100-87, 98-89 all in favour of the local boxer

With the big win, Kelly’s record now reads 16(7)-0, while Rios falls to 16(8)-7(2)-3

The 23 year old will now continue his path towards a British title shot. The belt is now vacant following Liam Smith’s WBO World title win on the same card, and both Dee Walsh and Gary Corcoran are also waiting in the wings.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie