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Josh Kelly vs Placido Ramirez – Big Fight Preview & Predictions

Josh Kelly will look to continue his progression towards a world title shot in front of his home fans on Saturday night.

Josh Kelly looks to continue his progression towards world honours on Friday night
Josh Kelly looks to continue his progression towards world honours on Friday night

Josh Kelly is in action at the Beacon of Light, Sunderland this Saturday night, as he aims to tick over and keep in the hunt for a world title shot in 2024. The hometown fighter takes on Placido Ramirez over a scheduled twelve at super welterweight. Kelly vs Ramirez is a final eliminator for the IBO bauble

DAZN televise Kelly vs Ramirez live, and Wasserman promote.

Kelly (14-1-1, 7KOs) is ranked number one with the WBO, and is high up in the other governing bodies’ lists after a recent good run of form. After a one-sided shock loss to David Avanesyan for the European welterweight title in February 2021, where Kelly was stopped in six rounds, he has re-surfaced at the weight above, starting with a fourth round stoppage of Peter Kramer in June last year.

After picking up a fringe title, Kelly then turned in a career-best performance in taking the British title from Troy Williamson in Newcastle, taking a wide win on the cards. He last saw action in July, winning nearly every session in defending his WBO International trinket against Gabriel Alberto Corzo.

Ramirez (24-3, 17KOs) is your typical, rugged Columbian, and he has rarely fought outside his homeland. He did venture to Albania last month in an alarming contest against Denis Nurja, which was ruled a no contest after fans stormed the ring and attacked Ramirez.

Kelly put on a career best showing against Troy Williamson.Credit: Dan Cooke
Kelly put on a career best showing against Troy Williamson.
Credit: Dan Cooke

Prediction: Kelly won’t do anything careless to jeopardise a world title shot, and as long as he can negotiate a tricky first few rounds against the South American banger, he should ease past Ramirez on the cards.

6 rounders comprise the undercard

Tursynbay Kulakhmet (5-1, 4KOs) continues on the comeback trail after losing to Juan Carlos Abreu in seven in October 2021, and the middleweight can win early against Fouad El Massoudi (18-21-1, 2KOs).

Ben Marksby (8-0, 0KOs) should come through on the cards against Kurt Jackson (4-0, 0KOs) in their super lightweight meeting, and Andrei Dascalu (8-0, 2KOs) may need all six rounds to see off Angel Emilov (11-54-3, 7KOs) at super middleweight.

Ben Marksby can move to 9-0 with a win in Sunderland
Ben Marksby can move to 9-0 with a win in Sunderland

Welterweight prospect Travis Waters (4-0, 2KOs) can outscore Mykhalio Sovtus (5-29-1, KO2), while Tom Welland (1-0, 1KO) can remove Yuri Zanoli (3-12-1, 3KOs) from battle early on at super bantamweight. At super welterweight, Dan Toward (1-0, 1KO) can also win inside schedule against Nikolas Dzurnak (6-5-2, 5KOs).

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