Josh Kelly: “I Want Domestic Fights; Chris Eubank Or Conor Benn”

Kelly Wants Big-Money British Battles in 2024

Josh Kelly wants Chris Eubank Jr. and-Conor Benn
Josh Kelly wants Chris Eubank Jr. and-Conor Benn | credit: Boxxer, DAZN

Josh Kelly Names Chris Eubank and Conor Benn for his Hitlist

British junior middleweight contender Josh “Pretty Boy” Kelly (15-1-1, 8 KOs) believes he’s on the verge of achieving something special. Ranked number one by the WBO at 154, the 29-year-old feels that a massive domestic fight in England is coming his way.

Fighting in his hometown of Sunderland, England, for the first time in his professional career, Kelly made mincemeat of Placido Ramirez, knocking him out in three rounds at the Beacon of Light.


Inside British boxing circles, Kelly’s name has been discussed as a potential opponent for Conor Benn or Chris Eubank Jr. in an all-British showdown. Following the victory over Ramirez, Kelly spoke about who is on his hitlist.

“Domestic fights, world title fights, you know the names I want. Eubank, Benn, get any of them down there.”

Athletic, quick, and sporting power in both hands, Kelly’s talent has always been evident. However, there were questions about his commitment and desire following a sixth-round stoppage loss to David Avanesyan in February 2021.

Since that setback, Pretty Boy got serious about his career. With a rise to the junior middleweight division, Kelly has flourished, winning his last five contests.

The long-running rumor is that Eubank and Benn will finally face each other in early 2024. Kelly would love to fight the winner. For years, Kelly and Benn have been at odds with one another. With his speed and boxing skills, the pride of Sunderland feels he will defeat either man.

Whatever is next up for Kelly, it’s evident that Pretty Boy is a fighter on the ascent. His confidence is at an all-time high. He strongly believes that 2024 will be the year he takes his career to the next level.

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