North East Takeover: Public Workout Quotes
Josh Kelly (11-1-1, 7 KOs) looked in peak condition as he
floated around the canvas in front of his beloved North East
faithful. The public workouts gave a taster, as the lively
Newcastle crowd showed up to support 'PBK' as he showcased
his speed ahead of his WBO International Super Welterweight
Championship, live and free-to-air on Channel 5 from 10pm.
"Itís beautiful being back in the North East. I feel like
the energy is different here, and I bounce of that energy,"
said Kelly. "Weíre all home grown, weíre from the salt of
the earth, so if we get that energy on Saturday night weíll
be pumped and ready to go out there and get the win."
It will not be an easy win that the former Olympian goes in
search for. Should he overcome the stern test of Lucas
Bastida (18- 1-1, 10 KOs), he knows a potential North East
collision could take place for the British title, with Troy
Williamson someone who sits on his radar.
"I 100% want that fight," said Kelly. "The North East
doesnít get enough of these shows up here, weíre fighting
people and Iíve fought all my life."
"Here I am, when youíre born in the North East youíre a
fighter from the start; thereís no luxuries. That fight is a
massive one for the North East, and Iím game to take it.
After I get the win here on Saturday, lets get it on."
With such a rousing reception for Kelly at the public
workout, the Sunderland fighter asked that all the
excitement and support be taken into Saturday to offer
backing to the entirety of the stacked fight card.
"Thereís some quality fighters on the card Saturday night.
Itís giving some of these North East fighters the chance to
show what theyíve got. The more shows we can get up here,
the better. Thereís so much talent, itís going to be a great
He continued, "Iím appreciative of everyone. Lets all come
together on Saturday and make plenty of noise, not just for
me but for all the local fighters on the card. Itís gonna be
one hell of a show, and weíll have the place bouncing. Lets
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Silver Medallist Pat McCormack (1-0, 1
KO) goes in search of his second professional victory
against Dimitri Trenel (8-1, 4 KOs). One of the North Eastís
most exciting boxing prospects, the 27-year-old cannot wait
to showcase his skills and add another win to his record.
The fighter has made a fluid transition into the
professional ranks, and feels right at home as he goes in
search of another big win in front of a televised audience.
He is always excited to be fighting in his home of the North
East, and cannot wait to showcase his development and do the
"Itís unbelievable to be back. Iíve been fighting all over
the world with Team GB, every country you can think of, so
itís good to come back and fight in front of my home crowd
and my family," said McCormack.
"If I can get him out there in the first, then Iíll get him
out there in the first. Iím not going in there and trying to
knock him out straight away; Iím going to use my boxing and
show everyone what Iíve been learning with Ben (Davison) to
put on a good show Saturday night."
Harlem Eubank will be looking to establish himself as the
latest star name from his famous boxing family. The nephew
of British boxing legend Chris Eubank Snr and cousin of
Chris faces Mexicoís Eliot Chavez in a hotly anticipated
Super Lightweight showdown.
It will be Eubank's second Channel 5 fight, and he is
looking to use the terrestrial platform to continue his
surge towards titles. Ready to topple anyone who stands in
his way, the Brighton boxer has his sights set on plenty
more memorable wins like last time out to cement a memorable
legacy in the sport.
"Fighting on this platform is great. This kind of activity
is just what I need to keep developing my career in the
direction I want it to go in," said Eubank. "I want to make
a statement in the sport, and coming out here regularly is
what I need to continue doing. Iím excited to put on a show
I'm in a pure flow state of mind. Iím known for taking any
and all fighters and Iíve had the tough challenges coming
through the ranks that shows Iíll take on anyone that Adam
(Booth) and the team offer me."
"Iím a true fighter, and Iím in this game to leave my mark
and make an impact. The start of that is this Saturday
night, and after that; anyone who wants it."