JIMMY KELLY is the Clark Kent of Manchester boxing. Mild-mannered and with the look of an accountant rather than a prizefighter, the Mancunian epitomises the old adage that ‘looks can be deceiving’ for – make no mistake – Kelly can fight.
Unbeaten in 13, with five KOs, the big-hitting light-middleweight wants to do a number on opponent Nodar Robakidze when they meet for the vacant WBC Youth light-middleweight belt on March 14. The pair headline at the Victoria Warehouse and, with Robakidze stopped by peers Shayne Singleton and Michael Lomax previously, Jimmy is determined to rack up a similar result live on VIPBOXING.TV.
Vastly more experienced, with 10 defeats from 25 outings, Georgia’s Robakidze should prove a decent test but the Wythenshawe banger says nothing will stand in his way of making it to 14-0. “He’ll be tough, they usually are from that part of the world,” explained the 22-year-old. “I’ve prepared for him though, have got sparring partners with his style that are better than him, so it should be sound on the night.
“I saw him fight Lomax and Singleton and I want to match and surpass what they did. I’m a bigger puncher but won’t go looking for the KO because it never happens when you do that.
“Since first starting boxing I’ve always been a fan of the WBC and had a picture of Lennox Lewis with his belt on my wall. The WBC has got a lot of prestige and it will be massive for me to win this.”
Liverpool’s Liam Smith is the current front-runner on the domestic scene. With VIP stablemates Rick Godding and Rick Skelton both currently jostling for a crack at his crown though, Jimmy is determined to wow the Warehouse crowd and stake his claim for a future shot.
“Later this year I’ll be ready to make a move for a British or Commonwealth attempt. This fight is a 10-rounder and will set me up in good stead for pushing on and challenging for bigger honours. One hundred per cent I’ll be at that level and if an opportunity comes I’d take it in a breeze.”
Promoter Steve Wood stated: “Jimmy is laid back outside the ropes, but changes when he’s in the ring. He’s very heavy-handed and can deal with all styles of opponents. This fight will be good for him, and the title – if he wins – is a good one to have. We had a show at the Victoria Warehouse a few months ago which was a real success, there were some great fights on that night and the crowd can expect the same again.”
VIP Promotions present a night of top-class boxing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on March 14. Topping the bill will be Wythenshawe’s Jimmy Kelly competing for the WBC Youth light-middleweight belt.
Also appearing will be: Middleton’s Liam Taylor and Alex Rutter; Liverpool’s Andy Colquhoun; Derbyshire’s Jack Massey; Sale’s Sam Hyde; Manchester’s Charlie Schofield; Gorton’s Ryan Doyle; Oldham’s Andy Kremner; New Moston’s Chris Conwell; Failsworth’s Jake Bulger; Accrington’s Artif Ali, and Alex McCoy from Blackpool.