Commanding Kelly progresses in World Championship, impressively beating Aussie

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Josh Kelly produced a commanding display on his World Championship debut to reach the last 16 in Doha.

The Sunderland boxer turned on the style to defeat Australian champ Nathan Webber in the U69 kilos preliminary round.

Kelly was never troubled, clinching a unanimous points decision from judges Stefan Nordin (Sweden), Rakhymzhan Rysbayev (Kazakhstan) and Hichem Menchaoui (Tunisia).

The 21-year-old will now meet New Zealand’s Joshua Nyika in the last 16 on Friday night.

Kelly’s win means there will be two Wearsiders in the last 16 of the worlds.

It follows on the success of Pat McCormack in the U64 kilo preliminaries yesterday.

Kelly was in convincing form in the UAE capital.

Webber came out strongly from the first bell, Kelly countering well before finding his rhythm.

There was no doubting the commitment and aggression from the Aussie, but the Houghton ABC star was landing the cleaner shots and moved smartly, particularly as the session approached its end.

The middle round was even better, two belting left-right combinations put Kelly in command.

With Webber often short with his punches, Kelly landed with tidy shots to get the second round from all three judges.

Growing in confidence, the stylish Sunderland boxer moved and scored with aplomb against the game Aussie. His left was superb, connecting time and again, and his right was just as good!

Kelly scored at will, with the Swedish and Kazak judges giving him the session by a 10-8 margin, winning by a unanimous verdict overall.