To the public eye, it’s been a quiet year for 26-year-old boxer Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly with only one fight behind him – a bout he won convincingly at 60-53 over six-rounds against Miguel Aguilar at Elland Road in Leeds – but after a move up to Middleweight, an all-new management and coaching team and now, signing a multi-fight deal with New York Promoter Greg Cohen Promotions, Jimmy has his sights firmly set on a world title within the next 12 months.
Earlier this year he said his time away from the ring had not been wasted. Jimmy used this time wisely, maintaining a rigorous daily training regime, including two sessions three days a week, which has resulted in him being in the most powerful and explosive form of his career.
Jimmy’s all-new team includes James Mulvihill of Clearwater Boxing as manager, former World Champion, Anthony ‘Arnie’ Farnell as coach, to bring out Jimmy’s aggressive boxing style and former MMA fighter Adam Waterfield, to implement specific strength work training. The team is complemented by Richard Harris Sports mind and mental coach, who is working on Jimmy’s mental performance and Sports Scientist and Nutritionist, Sam McKenzie who is managing Jimmy’s move up to Middleweight and ensuring he stays in peak condition.
Manager James Mulvihill says of the team, “We now have a strong foundation and all the pieces in place to ensure that Jimmy’s second attempt at the World Champion title is a success.”
This long-term deal with New York Promoter Greg Cohen Promotions was facilitated by world-renowned Havoc Advisory, who has produced seven world champions in the last five years. With nine fights included in the deal, there are hopes that Jimmy could be their next world titleholder.
Since turning pro at 19, Jimmy’s fighting style and attitude have made him, not only a fierce competitor but a popular drawcard. The third-generation fighter has consistently added to his accolades and maintained his deep belief that he is destined to be world champion.
In order to achieve his goal, he’ll have to stand up to the likes of Dennis Hogan, who defeated Jimmy in his controversial World Title eliminator in Australia, current WBA World Champion Ryota Murata and current WBC World Champion Jermall Charlo.
“I want to fight the likes of Charlo and Murata,” he says, “I believe I’m at that level and it’s only going to be a matter of time before I’m competing for their belts. I believe boxing is all about timing and I believe that now is my time.”