World-ranked welterweight Michael McKinson is inspired by confirmation of his fight with the hard-hitting Ryan Kelly.
‘The Problem’ McKinson (15-0-KO2) defends his WBC International Silver title against Kelly (13-1-KO7) at MTK Global’s March 9 show at the Brentwood Centre in Essex – live on iFL TV.
Having disposed of Sam McNess in impressive style at York Hall last time out, McKinson is keen to kick off a potentially huge 2019 with victory over a man whose power he respects.
McKinson said: “There’s no doubt that Ryan Kelly is a massive threat. He’s a big puncher and he’s coming down from the weight above. He’s very strong.
“To be honest, I only really like taking these kind of fights – the ones in which people don’t back me 100% and the reason is simply because I like proving people wrong.
“Winning this will get me closer to the big names I’ve been calling for. This is a very tough test in front of me but I look forward to it. I welcome the challenge.
“The added pressure of a hostile atmosphere makes me perform better. I like it. It’s what I need and it really helps me to raise my game.”
In addition to the title fight between McKinson and Kelly, new signing to MTK Global Mikey Sakyi defends his Southern Area super-lightweight crown against Idris Hill with a lengthy undercard to be announced shortly.
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Check the result from the fight here