Kelly grinds down Bastida

Photo: Wasserman Boxing

Super welterweight Josh Kelly (12-1-1, 7 KOs) overcame a tough Lucas Bastida (18-2-1, 10 KOs) to enter the world rankings and claim the WBO International title on Saturday night at the Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle, England. Kelley scored a ten round unanimous decision, 98-92, 99-92, 96-95

In the co-feature, unbeaten super lightweight Harlem Eubank moved to 15-0, 6 KOs when opponent Eliot Chavez (11-5-1, 6 KOs) was disqualified in the ninth round for hitting on the break. Eubank is a cousin of Chris Eubank Jr.

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  • Josh Kelly has had a promising, crowd pleasing style and the skills to back it up until his setback. Hopefully, he can get back on track with a few decent fights before moving up in the rankings.

  • I’d like to see Josh Kelly make It, he’s got talent no doubt about that, but doesn’t seem to have the power or a good chin. He had the guts to take on Davin Avanesyan something Conor Benn won’t do.

  • JK has unique style to watch but dont have the physical attributes to break the rules and get to the top. Hamed had crushing power in both hands and RJJ has supreme genetics. JK’s style will work against European styled fighters but not against top fighters in USA

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