Islington fighter aims to rediscover winning habit at York Hall

Islington light-middleweight Georgie Kean says recapturing the winning habit is his main priority when he returns to action this weekend at York Hall.

Kean suffered a shock defeat in his fourth professional outing, against William Warburton five months ago, and pulled out of his next scheduled fight, in July.

But the 23-year-old, now trained by Adam Booth, is back in the ring to face Norwich’s Duane Green on the undercard of Saturday’s Queensberry Promotions show.

While Kean would have preferred a lengthier contest than the scheduled four rounds, he is wary of looking further ahead than the immediate task of taking his professional record to four wins and one loss.

“This is my last four-rounder – my next one will be six rounds,” Kean told the Gazette. “Personally I want to move up to six and eight-rounders now.

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“But I’m leaving it to the people around me to do what they think is best. [Promoter] Frank Warren has been doing this for a long time and knows what he’s doing.

“Last time was one of those things – I took what I needed out of it and I don’t want to dwell on it too much. I’m trying to put it right now and get my winning record going.

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“I’m just looking at this as getting back to winning ways, getting the ball rolling again and it’s one fight at a time. My life doesn’t go past Saturday and I’ll start looking to the future after that.

“Green will come to win. He hasn’t been stopped before so I’m expecting a tough fight and I’d like to get the stoppage, but the main thing is getting the win.”

Kean has spent much of the build-up to the fight training at the Orpington gym frequented by Bradley Skeete, who tops the bill with his WBA inter-continental welterweight title clash against Leandro Mendes Pinto.

Having worked well in a new environment, the Islington man is looking forward to more familiar surroundings at York Hall – a venue he boxed at several times during his amateur days with both Times ABC and Repton.

This will be Kean’s first outing as a professional at the famous Bethnal Green venue, with all of the previous four taking place at the Copper Box Arena.

“They’ve made me really welcome at Orpington,” he added. “Sometimes it’s good to get out of your comfort zone and go into someone else’s backyard, rather than just working in your own gym all the time.

“I’ve got really fond memories of York Hall from my amateur days – I had some really good nights there and I was really pleased when I heard where the fight was going to be.

“It’s a very compact venue and good for the fans. Of course we all want to fight in the big arenas but every great British fighter has fought at York Hall at some time, so it’s always nice to box there.

“The atmosphere should be great. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces in the crowd, but I’ve got to focus on the job in front of me and put on a positive performance.”

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