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Kelly gears up for Avanesyan showdown

6th December 2018, 16:16 by Aidan Perkins

Josh Kelly says he's "feeling fresh" and is raring to go up against David Avanesyan in Sheffield on Saturday.

The 24-year-old welterweight steps up for the bout this weekend when the two go head-to-head on the undercard for the Kell Brook-Michael Zerafa showdown.

Kelly is expected to have enough in only his ninth pro fight to get the better of his Russian opponent, who only lost on points to Lamont Peterson in a WBA title fight last February, and he's predictably not short on confidence.

He told Sky Sports: "When I get in the ring, a lot of people want to take my head off, because I look like an arrogant sort of guy, but I've got a sort of a switch when I go into the ring. I'm not the same guy outside as I am in.

"I feel Saturday night when I go in there, I want to put a performance on."

Kelly impressed when he knocked out Walter Fabian Castillo last month in the first round and, even though that was only four weeks ago, the Sunderland-born fighter says he's ready to get back into the ring.

"Four weeks since the last fight, so I've had a quick turnaround and I'm feeling fresh," he added.

"When this fight happens, when the decision gets made, then I think a lot of people will be surprised the way the fight has went.

"Stylistically I'm ready for this sort of fight. It's the typical boxer against a fighter in a sense. If he comes to fight, it's going to be a good night, and a night to enjoy."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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