Josh Kelly became the new British light-middleweight champion with a unanimous points victory over Troy Williamson at Newcastle Arena.
Josh Kelly won by a unanimous points victory after 12 rounds; The judges scored the bout 118-110, 119-109 and 119-111; Kelly has been rebuilding his boxing career after losing to Russian David Avaneysan in 2021
It marked Sunderland-born Kelly’s third consecutive victory and Willaimson’s first ever loss, with the judges scoring it 118-110, 119-109 and 119-111.
Williamson was making his second defence on the light-middleweight title against Kelly but couldn’t keep up with his pace, his fast feet taking away Williamson’s ability to land shots right from round one.
The defending champion’s biggest chance came in the fourth round as a big right hand landed, but Kelly grew into the encounter and showed his skill, his confidence growing as it became clearer that only a knockout would keep Williamson’s hands on the title.