Islington star Kean eagerly anticipates challenging for titles

George Kean

George Kean - Credit: Kevin Lines/TGSPHOTO

Islington welterweight Georgie Kean appears on another high-profile show this weekend – and he admits it has made him impatient to begin fighting for titles.

The 22-year-old boxes for only the third time as a professional when he faces Birmingham journeyman Dee Mitchell in a four-round contest on the undercard of Saturday’s heavyweight blockbuster at the Copper Box Arena.

WBA and WBO international champion Dereck Chisora headlines the bill, supported by leading domestic rival Tyson Fury ahead of a planned summer clash between the pair.

Kean trains alongside WBC super-middleweight silver champion James DeGale – who is closing in on a world title eliminator this summer – and told the Gazette: “He’s where I want to be in a few years’ time.

“At his last fight I was in the changing-room, just shadow boxing and thinking I’d pay good money to swap positions and be the one getting my hands wrapped.

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“I’ve seen other fighters winning titles and I want a piece of the action. I absolutely love being around these kind of shows, with the extra media and publicity – the whole procedure of big fights.

“It’s little things like seeing the faces on the poster of people who are fighting for titles. I want to see my face on the poster as well as my name and I can’t wait for those days to come along.

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“At the same time, I’m still young and my career’s a marathon, not a sprint. I need to take one step at a time and [promoter] Frank Warren will guide me towards titles as and when.”

Kean, a former Times ABC amateur, joined the paid ranks last summer and made his debut at the Copper Box Arena with a four-round victory on points against Rick Boulter.

His second win, also at the east London venue, came after a stoppage in the fourth round against Danny Donchev in November, but the Islington man is itching for longer contests in the near future.

“Mitchell’s been around a bit – he’s another experienced opponent and Saturday is another chance for me to show my skills,” added Kean.

“It’ll definitely be my last four-rounder. I need to step up to six after this fight and that’ll give me more time in the ring to perform in front of my fans.

“By the end of this year I’d like to have 10 fights under my belt. I’m living the dream and I want to get as much experience as I can during 2014, creeping up slowly but surely.”

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