Kelly faces Gavin in Birmingham

5 August 2010 by Steve Wellings

Dundalk boxer Michael Kelly has bagged himself a place on Frank Warrens Magnificent Seven card at the LG Arena, Birmingham on September 18.

The 35-year-old faces unbeaten red-hot prospect Frankie Gavin for the vacant Irish light-welterweight title as both men vie for their first piece of professional silverware. Kellys sole pro defeat (he also has a draw on the slate) came in his last fight a points loss in Canada to local man Buzz Grant. Funtime Frankie has taken advantage of his Irish roots to earn him a chance at the belt.

My parents are from Ireland so I will be very proud if I can lift this title, Gavin revealed through a press release.

I’ve won all but one of my fights by stoppage, and I will be looking to finish off Kelly early. I’m sure he is going to come and give it a go and I’d love it if he did because I am at my best when opponents look to be aggressive.

Indeed, 24-year-old Gavin has won six of his seven bouts inside the distance with only Galway man Peter McDonagh taking him the long route. But the former amateur star will have to be wary of Kelly, a former quality amateur himself, who will be put through his paces by experienced trainer John Breen.

I can’t wait for this fight, said an unperturbed Gavin.

I feel that I’m ready to challenge for a title and this fight against Kelly has really got my juices flowing.

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