Islington star will show his true potential over six rounds, says trainer
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Islington boxer ‘Gorgeous’ Georgie Kean will blossom at light-middleweight once he progresses beyond four-round fights next year, according to his trainer.
Kean collected his fifth professional victory on Saturday, but looked less than convincing as he saw off Brighton journeyman Kevin McCauley on points at the ExCel Arena.
All Kean’s paid contests to date have been fought over four rounds, but trainer Gary Logan is convinced the former Times ABC amateur star will show his true potential in longer contests.
Logan – who began his own career as a welterweight before moving up to light-middleweight – also feels the 23-year-old stands a far better chance of success in the heavier category.
“Georgie’s not a man yet – he’s still a growing lad,” Logan told the Gazette. “He’s never going to be a welterweight and I think maybe he needed this fight to make him realise that.
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“He’s got to let his body grow, he’ll start to mature and get stronger and I know for sure there’s a lot more to come from him. My job is to take care of his technique and keep improving that.
“He’s been sparring six to eight rounds with the likes of Johnny Garton and Aarron Morgan and excelled over the last few rounds. Fighting is just an extension of your sparring really.
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“On Saturday he wasn’t even blowing at the end of four rounds. A six-round fight will definitely suit him and I fully expect him to be better, with the engine he’s got.
“I’ve spoken to [promoter] Frank Warren’s people about George doing six rounds next time and that’s hopefully something that will happen at the end of February.”
Warren has indicated that his next show will feature a reduced card after last weekend’s crowded ExCel schedule overran by several hours, with Kean not entering the ring until after 1am.
That long wait probably did the Islington man few favours but, although he took the fight to McCauley and produced the better work-rate over the four rounds, a stoppage rarely looked likely.
However, Logan was pleased with the way his fighter responded in the closing stages after a clash of heads towards the end of the third round left him covered in blood.
“There was claret everywhere but he came out and had a really good fourth round,” added Logan. “I was really happy with how mature he was in the corner and afterwards.
“He’d had his gloves on since about 8pm – he was supposed to be on straight after the Eubank-Saunders fight but, because of the late running of the show, he was put back even further.
“The problem with four rounds is someone like McCauley’s always going to be more dangerous than he would be over six and George gets his amateur head on.
“He started off well but he got a bit greedy in the third round – he hurt McCauley, then he steamed in and walked into one.
“He wants to throw millions of shots when it’s not needed and I’m trying to teach him to do things differently, but it’s a long-term project.”
The result takes Kean’s pro record to five victories from six contests.