Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly is a twenty two year old super welterweight from Manchester, with an undefeated record of 15 wins, with seven coming inside the distance. He is the current WBC Youth Silver and WBC Youth Gold belt holder, and has had some impressive nights headlining shows in Manchester.
Under the watchful eye of the former British champion Ensley Bingham, Kelly fights out of the Champs Camp in Manchester. With a strong fan base within the Manchester area, Kelly is certainly one to watch in the future.
His most notable victory to date was against the Ghanian Isaac Aryee at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. Kelly landed stunning body shots on his way to victory, and halted Aryee in the third round with a devastating right hook to the body.
Kelly is becoming known for the power in his body shots with either hand, after winning his WBC Silver title with a left hook to the body against Nodar Robakidze at the same venue.
Jimmy was on hand to speak exclusively to InstantBoxing.com, and here is what he had to say:
How would you assess your professional career so far?
It’s been ok. I’ve won a couple of belts, moved up the rankings and stayed undefeated, and most of all I’ve enjoyed it. I’m just going to push on now and see where I can get to.
How would you describe your fighting style, and what are your best attributes as a fighter?
I think I’m a good all-rounder. I’m quite versatile and I can read a fight quite well. My best attributes, it’s probably my fitness and my boxing brain, because I can map a fight out pretty quickly.
Do you work on your body shots a lot, because I know you’ve had a couple of stoppages with body shots?
The last three stoppages have been body shots. Yeah, it’s something I’ve done since I was a kid. Even back in the amateurs, I’ve always stopped people with body shots from the age of twelve or thirteen. It’s not really something I do more than anything else, I just seem to set them up quite well. I can just see the openings and capitalise on them.
Do you think your style suits the pro game, and have you changed anything since you turned pro?
No I’ve virtually just boxed the same. I remember Sugar Ray Leonard said that he just boxed the same, he didn’t slow his footwork down or he didn’t slow his work rate down, he just upped his fitness so he could do the same thing he did in an amateur fight in a professional fight. I’ve taken that onboard, all I’m working on now is just choosing when the right moment is to set my feet and hit people, but in the mean time it’s just high work rate and volume.
How do you find training as a pro?
Leisurely. I’m joking it’s alright, I train in the morning and then I train again in the morning after I’ve eaten breakfast. Then I’ll do my boxing in the afternoon and then I have the rest of the day to just relax and obviously prep myself for the day after. It’s hard work but it’s easy because I enjoy it and it’s all I’ve ever done.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Probably my last fight. He (Isaac Aryee) was a good fighter, only one person went the distance with him, he got everyone else out. I took him out with relative ease, we prepared for a long night. Credit to myself and my team, the game plan we put together worked.
Lastly, where do you see yourself in a years time?
Champion of the World. The thing is with me is I’ll fight anyone. I’ve been watching K9 Bundrage, Erislandy Lara and Demitrius Andrade, people will probably read this a laugh, but I think on the right night with the right notice and with a little bit more experience I’ve got the beating of any of them. There’s nobody that I watch that I think I’ll be out of my depth there, I look at everyone and think it’ll be a tough night obviously but I’ve got the beating of everyone on any given night. I’ve got a couple of announcements in the next couple of weeks for my future, I can’t really say much, but we’ve mapped out a good plan and in the next two to three years I will be Champion of the World.
The future looks bright for Kelly, with some good wins under his belt already. With announcements about his future imminent, I look forward to seeing him on the big stage very soon. He can certainly punch, and from what I have seen he has the potential to go very far in the game.
By Luke Madeira, follow Luke on Twitter @lukemadeira15.