George vs Kelly: Previewing Josh Kelly and Lewis Ritson’s North East homecoming

Everything you need to know as Josh Kelly and Lewis Ritson make their much-anticipated ring returns to the North East, live on Sky Sports.

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Kelly challenges Australia’s Kris George for the Commonwealth title this Saturday and the 24-year-old welterweight can further enhance his status as one of the hottest talents in world boxing.

‘Pretty Boy’ Kelly has dazzled and breezed through his first six fights in the paid ranks and now the Sunderland star takes another step-up as he battles for his first major honour in his North East homecoming.

George (14-1) has already beaten fellow domestic prospects Cameron Hammond and Jack Brubaker during his title reign and the 28-year-old is confident that Kelly has bitten off way more than he can chew.

The future looks bright for Kelly who could soon have the world at his feet, but first he has to conquer the Commonwealth as he brings his flashy, flamboyant style and scintillating hand speed to the Metro Radio Arena.

The weigh-in…

Kris George: 10st 6lbs 8oz

Josh Kelly: 10st 6lbs 2oz

Lewis Ritson vs Paul Hyland Jr

He has been coyly labelled ‘The Geordie Golovkin’ and Ritson’s ruthless rise through the lightweight ranks over the past eight months has been both astounding and destructive.

Three British title fights and three successive stoppage wins leaves Ritson, 24, on the brink of winning the coveted Lonsdale belt outright with an assault on the European scene very likely to follow.

Belfast’s Paul Hyland Jr, though, will have other ideas and, unbeaten in 18 fights, the dangerous 27-year-old has awaited his opportunity. Now, he has his chance and ‘Hylo’ is confident of ruining the champion’s hometown return.

While the Newcastle favourite is already a hero in the North East, Ritson’s devoting fans have long-awaited a chance to see him in a starring role and they will hope many more headline nights follow Saturday’s homecoming.

The weigh-in…

Lewis Ritson: 9st 9lbs

Paul Hyland Jr 9st 9lbs:

What the experts say: What the promoter says: The time draws near…

0:54 Josh 'Pretty Boy' Kelly headlines in front of his hometown fans this Saturday. Coverage starts at 7pm on Sky Sports Action.

Lewis Ritson against Paul Hyland Jr and Josh Kelly versus Kris George is on Sky Sports Action from 7pm on Saturday night.