Josh Kelly hopes to shoot up the welterweight rankings by beating David Avanesyan and is targeting Amir Khan in 2019. The 24-year-old has caught the eye since turning professional in April 2017, winning all eight of his fights, and he returns to action again on December 8 at the Sheffield Arena.
His impressive first-round stoppage against Walter Fabian Castillo in Manchester on Saturday has led to suggestions that he could be a future world champion.
Kelly, who is trained by Adam Booth, is keen to continue his rise up the rankings and admits Khan could be next on the agenda in 2019. “Definitely I would fight Khan, no problem,” Kelly exclusively told Sky Sports. “I’m not one for calling people out though.
“I want to be tested by genuine world-class operators, I wouldn’t be in the game if I didn’t think I could go all the way. “I leave everything with Adam, I fully trust in what he says and thinks, if he thinks I’m good enough to take on Khan then so do I. Adam’s not rushing me along just to see me lose, he genuinely thinks I can take these steps up.
“Khan is good and you can’t write him off, he’s a lot better than people think, but I do think Brook would beat him. Going off his last performance [against Samuel Vargas], Khan’s not as good as he once was.”