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Folkestone boxer Josh Kennedy hoping to fight for the Commonwealth title on ITV this year

By Alex Hoad

Professional Folkestone boxer Josh Kennedy has his sights on a televised clash for the Commonwealth title later this year.

The 25-year-old was set to return to action at the York Hall in Bethnal Green in July – seeking to make it 10 wins from 10 as a pro – however he has pulled the plug as he could not find a high-class enough opponent and is now slated for a September return.

Kennedy said: "I wanted a fight in July but I didn’t want to fight just anyone. I have to pay these guys to come over and I didn’t want to fork out for a guy who’ll come over just to collect the money and take a punch or two and go down. I want to keep progressing."

English super-bantamweight champion Josh Kennedy Picture: Joe Bartlett Photography
English super-bantamweight champion Josh Kennedy Picture: Joe Bartlett Photography

Kennedy went the distance on his way to claiming the English super bantamweight title in London in March.

The Folkestone fighter only landed his first belt as a pro in December, earning the title of British Boxing Board of Control Southern Area champion at featherweight.

However, he dropped back down 4lb to fight Michael Ramabeletsa for the English super bantamweight title and improved his record to 9-0, again at York Hall.

Kennedy is fully prepared to defend his English title in September if a mandatory challenger is found but claims in an ideal world he would face Robbie Turley, the 30-year-old Welshman who claimed the Commonwealth bantamweight title in April.

Kennedy said: "He won it with a mediocre performance and I have no doubt I’d beat him.

"He’ll have to defend it and hopefully it will be me that gets the chance – although there is a lot to sort out. There is a lot of politics in boxing."

Kennedy revealed that ITV officials have been in touch with his manager, adding: "They are looking to build up their portfolio with some new fighters and apparently are interested in me.

"It would be great to fight for the Commonwealth title on ITV in September – that would be perfect."

Read the full story in the Folkestone & Hythe Express.

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