31 March 2010 – By David Boyle
Unbeaten Dundalk lightweight Michael Kelly is flying out to Toronto for his first taste of action in 2010. His opponent on April 8 will be Canadian lightweight Buzz Grant, 8-3 (3KO).
Kelly has no fears fighting abroad in Buzz’s backyard, having had a extensive amateur background.
I boxed in Canada before as an amateur and its was a great place and I cant wait to get back in the ring,” he said. Michaels first outing in 2010 was delayed after he bowed to injury in February – a week before a scheduled fight on the Andrew Murray vs Oisin Fagan bill.
I had a slight tear in my chest but for the week of the fight I couldn’t raise my arm. Since then I have been training flat out and sparring everyday with no problems.
The Dundalk fighter is venturing into the unknown as he hasnt seen his opponent fight. Normally Kelly would have viewed dvd or youtube footage of opponents – but not for Buzz.
The fact that I havent seen him doesnt bother me in the slightest, having been an international amateur for quite a while I am used to not seeing my opponents, however it is always an advantage to see the guy first. I have seen pictures of him and he looks like he keeps himself in tremendous shape but I am too long in the tooth to worry about how good someone looks.
Kelly feels that once he starts unloading his shots not many fighters will stay around until the end of the bout.
I’m an aggressive fighter but I am accurate with my work and thats where I have an advantage on most. If I land them the way I know I can they could go anytime.