Josh Kelly v Lucas Bastida scheduled for July 30 at Newcastle


After Peter Kramer was dismantled at Liverpool, Josh Kelly (11-1-1, 7 KOs) is quick to return to action as he leads the July 30 North East takeover at Newcastle. Live on Channel 5, Kelly takes on ‘El Tornado’ Lucas Bastida (18-1-1, 10 KOs).

Kelly’s calculated and methodical victory last time out showed the boxing smarts of Sunderland’s ‘PBK’, but Bastida will come to provide a much tougher test at super welterweight. Having suffered only one defeat, the Argentinian fighter will try to spoil the main event party.

It will be a hotly contested fight, as both men hold similar records. Both fighters suffer a loss and a draw, as well as a roughly 50% KO ratio as well. Both men are also in their twenties, with Kelly being the more experienced at 28. It’s a chance for two hungry young fighters to steal the show at an electric event on Saturday July 30 in Newcastle, and put themselves in contention for some serious title honours.

“He’s a tough South American with a lot of experience for a 25-year-old fighter. To have just one loss on his record shows how strong he is, there’s no doubt he’ll come to win,” Kelly said.

“He’s someone who’s going to give me the tough rounds I need to get back into the mix for big fights and major titles. It’s pretty much the same for me – I just show my class and I’ll be looking to bring it out, 100 per cent.”

Argentina’s Bastida will come and lead his own takeover as he looks to capitalize on a TKO victory in a South American title fight in his last fight. He will also be confident that he will be the taller fighter as the 25-year-old is 6’1” and ahead of Kelly with 8 more rounds under his belt.

After analyzing Kelly’s career, it is Bastida who thinks he will emerge victorious after finding what he believes to be the winning formula for this fight.

“Josh Kelly has Olympic experience, he is a good boxer and very fast. I saw in his fight against Avanesyan that he was knocked down and then he was arrested, so I think the key to victory will be to go to war from the start of the fight,” Bastida said.

“For me this is my first fight overseas, I am a warrior in life so I will go to war as soon as the bell rings.”

A Super Lightweight showdown has been added to the card, with Harlem Eubank (14-0, 6 KOs) taking on Tom ‘Fazza’ Farrell (21-5, 5 KOs). Both fighters will be brimming with confidence from the wins in their last fights.

Farrell defeated a potential Nigerian nightmare in Olaide Fijabi at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena earlier this month as he answered all the questions to outsmart his opponent in a fierce battle. After getting through the fight in six rounds, Farrell will be looking to call on a similar approach to take down an undefeated Harlem Eubank.

A second-round knockout proved to be one of the highlights of the night in London on May 13 when Eubank grabbed his opponent flush to end the fight against Sean Dodd. The Brighton man continues to head on an upward trajectory in a professional career that has yet to taste defeat.

With each performance, Eubank continues to show his development and ever-growing intentions for bigger fights and bigger honors. The 28-year-old will now seek another victory against a tough Farrell to put his name in contention for the titles.

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