Johnny Nelson on Josh Kelly: “It’s something he’s never experienced, that’s why he reacted the way he did.” The talented 26-year-old’s unbeaten record was broken on Saturday by David Avanesyan
By Johnny Nelson
Last updated: 22/02/21 16:57 pm
Josh Kelly felt the pressure for the “first time” when he lost to David Avanesyan, but he should have a new urge to make a successful comeback, says Johnny Nelson.
In the toughest test of his career, Kelly started long before he passed away as relentless pressure from Avanesyan finally overwhelmed the 26-year-old at SSE Arena in Wembley on Saturday night.
Kelly’s coach Adam Booth was forced to throw in the towel after two knockdowns in the sixth round and Sky Sports Expert Nelson wants to see how the Olympian recovers from his first professional loss.
“We talked about this bowel check when the pressure is on,” Nelson said. Sky Sports.
“I’m not saying Josh Kelly doesn’t have the guts because he has, the kid can fight, but you know when you’re first put under pressure and you have to find your way out, that This is what was happening, this is what was happening.
“Now Josh has to go back and think. He has things to work on. He has things to improve.
“He’s very good at determining a fighter’s pace instantly. That’s why he looks so good, that’s why he’s able to box like he does and look good at him, but that’s how badly he wants it. he will come back. “
A victory over Avanesyan would have led to increased calls for an intriguing domestic clash with Conor Benn.
The manner of the loss, however, forced Kelly to reassess her future plans, with Benn wondering if his British rival might gain weight.
But Nelson is convinced he can recover from this setback.
“Just because he lost doesn’t mean it’s over for him,” said Nelson. “He can come back and learn from it. Fighters need to understand that a loss doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world.
“It’s something he will learn, something he will learn to adapt. This is something he never experienced, which is why he reacted the way he did.
“He’s got a good team around him. It’s not about his boxing skills.
“It’s about what’s in his head, what’s in his heart, how much he really wants it. He can come back.