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2016 Olympian, Josh Kelly, will make his professional debut against Jay Byrne at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on April 15th.

Kelly made the last 16 of the welterweight competition in Rio at the Olympics last summer and is excited to be making his debut on the undercard of Ricky Burns World Super-Lightweight unification clash with Julius Indongo.

Byrne last saw action earlier this month when he jumped up to middleweight, taking Felix Cash the distance. However, under the guidance of Adam Booth, Kelly believes he can succeed in the pro ranks.

“I used to be a good fighter but not a boxer,” said Kelly. “I was a chubby kid, and I didn’t have much movement, but I used to just stand there and bomb them over. I was fat but fit, and that helped me lose the weight.

“I did well playing football too playing for Hartlepool and Sunderland but the turning point was when I won the junior ABAs the first time I was in them, I got to the final the year after and lost on a dodgy decision and then won them again. I won the seniors and got picked up by Team GB and never looked back.

“I was unlucky to run into the eventual gold medal winner in Rio, but I think that I’ll prove that turning pro is the right move for me. I’m learning every day with Adam, and I’m buzzing to be making my debut on such a huge night.”

Kelly will make his debut on the undercard of the WBA World Super-Lightweight unification bout between Ricky Burns and Julius Indongo.

Also on the undercard; Scotty Cardle will seek to win the British Lightweight Title outright when he faces Robbie Barrett, Callum Johnson defends his Commonwealth crown against Schiller Hyppolite and Charlie Edwards will square off against Iain Butcher for the vacant British Super-Flyweight strap.

Tickets for April 15 are on general sale priced £40, £60 and £100 from and £200 VIP exclusively at

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