Inside an electric Holte Suite, Ryan Kelly claimed the Midlands Area Superwelterweight title on 19 May with a 7th-round stoppage that gave him victory over Owen Jobburn.
The fight, main event on Tommy Owens Promotions’ ‘By The Sword’ edition, was a cracker from start to finish – Jobburn offered a more than steely resistance as he tried to match Kelly for punch power and accuracy but Kelly, with a display of his ability to deliver a stream of damaging (particularly) body and head shots, was having none of it.
Concluding an impressive outing for the 24 year old Birmingham fighter and coming out of the final exchange between the two with a slick barrage of around 14 unanswered punches, Kelly grabbed victory decisively.
Referee Shaun Messer was left with no option but to step between the two and call it over when Kelly – who must have seen and felt along with the rest of us -that his punches had began to unravel his opponent a few rounds prior to the 7th round stoppage, unloaded a blitz of accurate shots. Despite Messer diving in to save Jobburn from further punishment there were some worrying scenes when the Stoke-On-Trent fighter lay for a while on the canvas after collapsing under the weight of Kelly’s pretty much punch-perfect finish.
Thankfully, within the minute that followed Jobburn had received attention and was back up and sat on his stool continuing his recovery.
Kelly now moves to 11-1-0 with just that single points defeat against Adam Harper being the only blot on his impressive career. On that occasion, in Kelly’s first title shot since starting out as a Pro in 2015, he’d come up just short of the mark.
On this occasion, unfortunately for the other fighter, ‘Ruthless’ as Ryan Kelly is also known, lived up to his name.