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
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
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).