Pro boxer Ryan Kelly makes permanent switch to Dubai's Real Boxing Only

Nick Watkins - Writer 18:14 07/10/2019
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Train to gain: The Real Boxing Only gym in Dubai is attracting some top professionals

British professional boxer, from Eastside Boxing club in Birmingham, Ryan Kelly has announced he will be moving to Dubai and joining Real Boxing Only gym later this month.

Kelly, who went to war with Michael Mckinson earlier this year for the WBC International Silver Welterweight title is coming to Dubai, having had a taste of training in the region earlier in the year. His impressive form in 2018, which included three straight TKO wins, have earned him a career knock out rate of 43%, fighting 82 competitive rounds in the process.

Kelly has now secured a place with the Real Boxing Only team where he will be training full time and teaching technique classes and one-on-one training with clients. The welterweight was impressed with the gym’s facilities having trained there over the summer, with the UK’s Eastside Boxing gym team.

Team work: Ryan Kelly (2nd left) has made Dubai his permanent boxing base

Team work: Ryan Kelly (2nd left) has made Dubai his permanent boxing base

“We are excited to add another great name to our team,” said Michelle Kuehn, Managing Director, Real Boxing Only gym. “Eastside Boxing club has produced 22 National Champions in just 11 years and is also the home of Ultimate Boxxer winner Shakan Pitters and we are happy to welcome another impressive professional from their stable and have him working with our growing client base as well as train out of our facility.”

Speaking ahead of his move Kelly said: “Boxing is my number one priority right now, and after my last camp out in Dubai, I couldn’t be happier with my decision – it is something I have been thinking about for some time, looking at ways to get more from myself in training and push the boundaries.” He continued: “I feel like this move is a good one for my career especially with all the recent boxing buzz the region has been getting.’ He acknowledged the recent increase in the number of big shows coming to the Middle East and expressed his excitement at being a part of Dubai’s boxing scene. “I am excited to see what opportunities will come my way and announcing my next fight soon,” he added.

The Real Boxing Only gym has created a space that is focused on the training rituals and results of a professional boxer. The trainers impart the key to fighting fitness for everyone, even those who aren’t boxers. To find out more visit realboxingonly.com or @realboxingonly on Instagram.

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