Josh Kelly vs. Lucas Bastida now has a title on the line

Josh Kelly pushes for world rankings with title shot

Josh Kelly (11-1-1, 7 KOs) will rely on North East support to get him over the line when he faces Lucas Bastide (18-1-1, 10 KOs) for the WBO International Super Welterweight Championship on Saturday 30 July at the Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle, unencrypted and live on Channel 5.

It’s an incredible chance for one of these fighters to break into the world rankings with the WBO. After a dominant performance against Peter Kramer, Kelly will look to carry that confidence to cement themselves in the world rankings.

Besides the reward of a world ranking, there are also great fights. With the division held by the undisputed champion Jermell Charlo, Kelly will be looking to dramatically re-enter the global super-welterweight division scene.

Now Kelly not only the thrill of fighting in front of his own, but an in-game title certainly adds the last necessary motivators. Having heard the news, Kelly was thrilled and convinced that this was just the beginning of great things to come.

“I’m buzzing and I’m ready. There’s no reason to sugarcoat the fact that my opponent will put even more effort into training to come and try to cause the upset,” said Kelly. “We cover all the bases in camp, and when you have world title aspirations, you make sure you prepare like a world champion.”

He continues: “The WBO belt adds that extra spice to things, and it’s up to me to go out there and be Josh Kelly who sees him leave the arena with me in front of my friends and family. We’re the Northeast and we don’t do things by halves. On fight night, I’ll be there to pick up the pace and show why this will be the first belt in a long streak.

country house will pose a very real threat to Sunderland’s ‘PBK’ title aspirations. At 25, the Argentine has had extra laps, but holds a record similar to Kelly with only one defeat and one draw to his name. The tight margins between the fighters ensure a technical and excellent battle between two men looking to give their all to claim the belt and move on to endless possibilities in their next fight.

The WBO International Title now on the line was the same one former world champion Liam Smith went to Russia to win against Magomed Kurbanov, who controversially received the decision and the belt in May 2021. WBO middleweight king Demetrius Andrade is also a former starter (2015).

After two wildly successful broadcasts, a title announcement promises to entertain all Vertu Motors Arena spectators as well as Channel 5 audiences. Wasserman’s world head of boxing, Kalle Sauerlandexpressed his joy for Kelly and the doors he could open to bring the Northeast boy back to his place.

“Josh Kelly fighting for titles seems like one of the most natural things in boxing,” said Sauerland. “His pedigree and ability rightly pushes him to challenge for the WBO International belt when we blow off the roof of Vertu Motors Arena. This will stick Josh’s name right where it belongs and set up an exciting future where Massive fights could be organized for our former Olympian. Newcastle, be ready!

The Northeast takeover comes as Josh Kelly (11-1-1, 7 KOs) vs. Lucas Bastide (18-1-1, 10 KOs) headlining an electric fight night. olympic hero Pat McCormack (1-0, 1 KO) is also playing, alongside Harlem Eubank (14-0, 6 KOs) as he continues his title charge against Tom “Fazza” Farrell (21-5, 5 KOs). Heavyweight Hosea Stewart (2-0) and Franklin Ignatius (3-0, 1 KO) guaranteed to produce fireworks from top local talent such as Marc Dickinson (3-0, 1 KO), ‘Drago’ Steve Robinson (4-1, 3 KOs), Kai Richmond (1-0), Ben Markby (4-0), Lisa Whiteside (3-0, 1KO) and Jordan Barker Porter (3-1) on an unforgettable night in the Northeast. Wasserman Boxing heads to the Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle for a huge night of free boxing on Saturday July 30, live on Channel 5 in association with William Hill, numan and Infinite entertainment.

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