Baku 2015: Kelly powers to last eight

21 June 2015 / 13:59

Welterweight Josh Kelly marched into the quarter-finals with an assured performance against Mahamed Nurudzinau but is under no illusion about the effort it will take to win a medal in Baku.

The 21-year-old was awarded a bye in the round of 32, so had to be patient before stepping into the ring.

But Kelly showed no signs of sluggishness in his points victory against his 34-year-old opponent, a former European champion.

Up next, Kelly is set to fight Ireland’s Adam Nolan in the last-eight and knows the competition is set to get tough.

“The next fight is going to be a good one,” said Kelly.

“He’s an experienced lad and there are going to be tough fights all the way through, but to get a medal I have to get past the next one.

“It was a good fight to start me off. He started well, but once I got into the fight it was comfortable for me.

“He’s an older fight, about 34, and he got into the finals of the Europeans against Fred Evans back in 2011, so he’s been around the block a bit but it was a nice fight to ease myself in.

“I’ve been here two weeks and I just want to fight but you need to be professional and take everything in your stride so that’s what I’ve done.

“I’ve loved every minute of it and it’s been class.”

The medal charges from middleweight Antony Fowler and light-welterweight Sam Maxwell, however, are over, after they suffered respective defeats to Salvatore Cavallaro of Italy and Sweden’s Clarence Goyeram.

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