Josh Kelly vs. Lucas Bastida Confirmed
For North East Takeover On July 30
After the dismantling of Peter Kramer in Liverpool, Josh
Kelly (11-1-1, 7 KOs) wastes no time in returning to action
as he leads the North East takeover on July 30 in Newcastle.
Live on Channel 5, Kelly faces one of the toughest
challenges of his career when he faces ‘El Tornado’ Lucas
Bastida (18-1-1, 10 KOs).
The calculated and methodical win for Kelly last time out
showed the boxing intelligence of Sunderland’s ‘PBK’, but
Bastida will be coming to provide a much sterner test at
Super Welterweight. Having suffered defeat only once, the
Argentine fighter will be coming to try and spoil the party
in the main event.
It will be an eagerly contested fight, as both men hold
similar records. Both fighters suffering one loss and one
draw, as well as sharing around a 50% KO ratio too. Both men
also in their twenties, with Kelly the more experienced at
28-years-old. It is the opportunity for two young and hungry
fighters to steal the show on an electric Saturday July 30
event in Newcastle, and put themselves into contention for
serious title honours.
“He is a tough South American who has plenty of experience
for a fighter who is 25-years-old. To only have one loss on
his record shows how tough he is, there’s no doubt he’ll be
coming to win,” said Kelly.
“He’s someone who is going to give me the hard rounds I need
to get back into the mix for big fights and major titles.
It’s very much the same from me though – I’m coming to show
my class and I’ll be looking to get him out, 100%.”
Argentine Bastida will be coming to conduct his own takeover
as he’ll be looking to capitalise on a TKO win in a South
American title bout in his last fight. He will also be
confident in the fact he will be the taller fighter, as the
25-year-old stands at 6’1” and edges Kelly with 8 more
rounds under his belt.
After analysing the career of Kelly, it is Bastida who
believes he will come out on top having found what he
believes to be is the winning formula for this fight.
“Josh Kelly has Olympic experience, he’s a good boxer and
very fast. I saw in his fight against Avanesyan that he got
knocked down, and then he got stopped, so I think the key to
victory will be to go to war from the beginning of the
fight,” said Bastida.
“For me this is my first fight abroad, I’m a warrior in life
so I’ll be going to war as soon as the bell rings.”
Following the format of his nickname, “El Tornado” will be
looking to arrive and cause as much destruction as possible
before moving on. Kelly has stated before that he is back
with vengeance, and will be happy to weather any condition
that the Argentine throws his way.
It is guaranteed to be an unbelievable atmosphere at the
Vertu Motors Arena, and the main event promises to blow the
roof off when two warriors meet to mark one of these
impressive records with a rare blemish.
A Super Lightweight showdown has been added to the card,
with Harlem Eubank (14-0, 6KOs) squaring off against Tom
‘Fazza’ Farrell (21-5, 5 KOs). Both fighters will be
brimming with confidence off the back of wins in their last
Farrell defeated a potential Nigerian nightmare in Olaide
Fijabi at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool earlier this
month, as he answered all the questions to outpoint his
opponent in a hard-fought contest. Having come through the
six-round fight, Farrell will be looking to call upon a
similar approach to overcome an undefeated Harlem Eubank.
A second-round KO proved to be one of the highlights of the
night in London on May 13 when Eubank caught his opponent
flush to end the fight against Sean Dodd. The Brighton man
continues heading in an upward trajectory in a professional
career that is yet to taste defeat.
With each performance, Eubank continues to show his
development and ever-growing intentions for bigger fights
and bigger honours. The 28-year-old will now be looking for
another statement win against a tough Farrell to put his
name in contention for titles.
The big boys join the North East takeover also, as Hosea
Stewart (2-0) faces Franklin Ignatius (3-0, 1 KO) in the
Heavyweight division. Zero losses on each man’s record, and
the ‘0’ has to go as two young fighters look to put their
name in lights at the Vertu Motors Arena.
Stewart will be going in search of the first knockout win of
his fledgling professional boxing career as the 24-year-old
will be looking to steal the limelight at the North East
takeover. Ignatius will be coming to grab headlines of his
own and add another knockout to his undefeated record.
The North East takeover is coming as Josh Kelly (11-1-1, 7
KOs) Vs. Lucas Bastida (18-1-1, 10 KOs) headlines on an
electric fight night, featuring Harlem Eubank (14-0, 6 KOs)
as he continues his charge towards titles against Tom
‘Fazza’ Farrell (21-5, 5 KOs). A boxing debut in Newcastle
for Aaron Chalmers (1-0) as he looks to star in his second
professional fight in front of a packed out arena in his
home city, with Hosea Stewart (2-0) and Franklin Ignatius
(3-0, 1 KO) set to shake the arena in a Heavyweight contest
guaranteed to produce fireworks. Wasserman Boxing heads to
the Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle for a massive night of
free-to-air boxing on Saturday July 30, live on Channel 5 in
association with William Hill, Numan and Infinitum