Two British Boxing prospects from the North-East of England Josh Kelly (6-0, 4KOs) and Lewis Ritson (15-0, 9KOs) headline at the Metro Arena in Newcastle on June 16.
Exciting welterweight Josh Kelly will challenge Australian Kris George (14-1, 8KOs) for the commonwealth title, while Lewis Ritson attempts to retain the Lonsdale lightweight strap outright if he defeats Belfast boy Paul Hyland Jnr (18-0, 7KOs).
‘Pretty Boy’ Kelly has been moved at a ridiculously fast rate and is on the back of an impressive win against Carlos Molina only last month. The 24-year-old from Sunderland will be determined to put on a show in front of his home crowd.
Newcastle-born Ritson 24, has continued to impress since turning pro in 2015 will face another tough challenge against undefeated Hyland. The ‘Sandman’ will look to keep his knockout streak going and will relish the chance to fight in front of his beloved fans.
Both young stars are being guided by Eddie Hearn who was very excited about his prospects and a night in Newcastle:
“June 16 we’re going to Newcastle and we’re going to have a party! That arena is going to be bouncing. What a time for North East boxing.”
“For Josh Kelly to do that to Carlos Molina after just six fights is tremendous. This boy has huge talent and huge potential. He is going all the way.
“Lewis Ritson is absolutely flying too, so June 16 these boys are coming home.”
Also on the card we have Gavin McDonnell (19-1-2, 5KOs) fresh from his excellent victory against Gamal Yafai defending his WBC international super-bantamweight title against veteran Stuart Hall (21-6-2, 7KOs).
Super-flyweight Charlie Edwards (12-1, 5KOs) takes on home fighter Anthony Nelson (11-1, 2KOs) and cruiserweight Afran Iqbal (12-0, 5KOs) defends his English title against Simon Vallily (13-1, 4KOs).