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  Kongo: "I'm The Best Welterweight In The UK"

Chris Kongo is ready to prove he is the best Welterweight in the country by becoming the first man to beat 19-0 Michael McKinson when the pair collide this Saturday March 27 at the Europa Point Sports Complex in Gibraltar, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and on DAZN in all other markets excluding the UK and Ireland.

Bermondseyís Kongo clinically dispatched Luther Clay in nine rounds to win the WBO Global Title at Fight Camp last summer, taking full advantage oh his first opportunity of the big stage to extend his unbeaten record to 12-0 with seven knockouts.

Saturdayís clash with Portsmouthís McKinson is a big step-up for the 28-year-old, who has drawn confidence from the valuable rounds heís banked sparring with unified World Super-Lightweight Champion Josh Taylor ahead of his Undisputed clash with Jose Ramirez.

ďIím the underdog in this fight," said Kongo. ďI'll win it. Iíve got a better skillset, Iím stronger, a lot faster and itís all about being smart in the ring and I believe Iím the best and the smartest in the UK Ė period.

ďThe Kongo-McKinson story began when we sparred three years ago, only the one spar, he didnít come back after that. Iíve got the big platform and Iíve got the Title now Ė heís got no more Titles. Heís looking for the opportunity, so heís coming to me. My focus is still the same, getting to the top and trying to get rid of McKinson.

ďIíve been sparring top fighters, a guy thatís going on to become Undisputed Champion of the World. I canít get any better preparation than that, so Iím fully ready and focused. To be able to spar a World Champion before I go into a British level fight is wicked. Itís going to up my game and it has. Iíve been able to feel it, Iíve seen it. I feel a lot better and I feel a lot sharper.

ďA lot of people are mentioning me in the mix with the likes of Conor Benn and Josh Kelly, now itís my time to put my stamp on the division. I believe I am the best in the UK. Now itís my time coming up, and I believe right now is the worst time to fight me. Michael McKinson, Iím bringing fireworks and Iím bringing the heat so make sure youíre ready."

Kongo vs. McKinson is part of a huge night of action in Gibraltar, Alexander Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs) rematches Dillian Whyte (27-2, 18 KOs) with the Interim WBC Heavyweight World Title on the line, Bermondsey's Ted Cheeseman (16-2-1, 9 KOs) meets Liverpool's James Metcalf (21-0, 13 KOs) for the vacant British Super-Welterweight Title, Ipswich Heavyweight talent Fabio Wardley (10-0, 9 KOs) steps-up again against USAís former World Title challenger Eric Molina (27-6, 19 KOs), Manchester Super-Featherweight Campbell Hatton Ė son of British fight legend Ricky Hatton Ė makes his professional debut against Jesus Ruiz, Heavyweight contender Eric Pfeifer (7-0, 5 KOs) locks horns with Nick Webb (16-2, 12 KOs) and Wembley Super-Featherweight Youssef Khoumari ( 11-0-1, 4 KOs) faces Birminghamís Kane Baker (14-7).



 

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