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Islington fighter eyes slot on Fury and Chisora undercard

PUBLISHED: 17:57 24 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:57 24 September 2014

Georgie Kean (white shorts) defeats Duane Green at York Hall. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Georgie Kean (white shorts) defeats Duane Green at York Hall. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Islington light-middleweight Georgie Kean is hoping to force his way onto the ‘Bad Blood’ blockbuster show in November after his victorious return to action last weekend.

Kean eased to a four-round points win over Norwich’s Duane Green at York Hall on Saturday – the 23-year-old’s first fight since he lost his unbeaten record to William Warburton in April.

Now the north Londoner is aims to move up to a six-round contest for the first time – ideally on promoter Frank Warren’s November 29 bill at ExCel Arena.

The show is headlined by the heavyweight grudge match between Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora and also features British and Commonwealth middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders’ clash with Chris Eubank Jr.

“I think we’ve got every single fighter in the land wanting to get on the bill, but we’re going to push for that,” Kean told the Gazette.

“Hopefully, being a big ticket-seller the ball’s in my court, so we’ll speak about it when the dust settles and go from there.

“There’s more to come and I’ll be a better long-distance fighter when I haven’t got to rush so much because in four-rounders, you’ve got to rush and make sure you don’t get outworked.

“Four rounds is only one extra from the amateurs. It’s all right with those that tuck up because it’s like hitting a punchbag but, with the ones that come for you, you’ve got to be on your game and make sure you don’t throw the rounds away.”

Kean looked tentative at the start of Saturday’s contest, but he asserted himself just before the end of the first round, flooring his opponent with a right hook.

Although the bell prevented him from following up that knockdown, the former Times ABC amateur maintained control as he made more frequent use of his jab and stung Green with an uppercut in the second round.

Kean settled into his rhythm and it was no surprise when referee Jeff Hinds scored the fight 40-35 in his favour.

“My movement was a lot better,” added Kean. “I felt really comfortable avoiding shots, which was something we’d been working on, so that’s a positive.

“Sometimes the hardest thing is to actually make them miss so, if I’m doing that, making them pay wouldn’t be as hard a task – that comes more naturally to me.

“The main thing in the first round was not getting hit, basically. The more he was missing, the more his confidence was going low, and that’s when I could step on him and start sinking them into the body.

“If I’m honest, I wanted to get him out of there, but he was very tough and he did his job well. But to get that W is a happy night for me – and Arsenal got a win as well, so I couldn’t ask for more.”

Kean boxed three times as a professional under the guidance of Jim McDonnell, but the pair parted company earlier this year and his training is now overseen by Gary Logan.

Logan has kept a close eye on Kean during their sessions at the Urban Kings gym, King’s Cross, and predicts a bright future for the former London amateur champion.

“I think it helped that he was training just round the corner from where he lives,” said Logan. “He’d come in and do a really hard session in the morning, go home and rest and come back fresh for his second session in the evening.

“He was rested and more confident and that was coming across in his sparring – he sparred really well with Bradley Skeete, Aarron Morgan, Johnny Garton and Lloyd Elliott and held his own.

“When you’re in a really good cycle – eating well, resting well and training well – it’s hard to break out of it. I’ve been more than impressed with George’s attitude and he’s going to go onwards and upwards.”


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