- Josh Kelly fights for first title in just his sixth pro outing at Principality Stadium
- He takes on experienced 34-year-old Carlos Molina in massive step up in class
- Kelly said: ‘This is a real test against a proven fighter, former world champion’
- Ryan Burnett takes on Yonfrez Parejo and David Price fights Alexander Povetkin
Will Griffee For Mailonline
The undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker is building up nicely with Josh Kelly to take on Carlos Molina prior to the night’s showpiece event on March 31.
The 24-year-old has impressed in his six bouts as a professional thus far but faces a major step up in class against Molina, a former world champion.
Kelly will be vying for the vacant WBA international welterweight title and none of his fights have gone the distance thus far.
Josh Kelly (pictured) takes on Carlos Molina in the first title fight of his young career
The former Olympian has impressed since turning professional in his five fights
His trainer Adam Booth believes Kelly is ready for the next step up despite the difference in experience between himself and Molina, who won a world title in September 2013 against Ishe Smith in Las Vegas.
‘Adam said it’s time for me to step up, so let’s go,’ Kelly told Matchroom boxing. ‘I feel this is a real test against a proven fighter. He’s a former world champion so you can’t deny this is my biggest fight to date.
‘I can’t wait to step between those ropes in Cardiff and propel myself into the mix.
‘He’s never been stopped so it says a lot. Just look at the names on his record that he’s been in with, I know how tough he will be. T
Molina is the more experienced fighter and has previously won a world title
‘The motivation is to win against any fighter is enough for me, I want to perform on the big stage – I’m very excited to say the least.
JOSHUA VS PARKER UNDERCARD
Josh Kelly vs Carlos Molina
Ryan Burnett vs Yonfrez Parejo
David Price vs Alexander Povetkin
Joe Cordina vs Andy Townend
Morgan Jones vs Mose Auimatagi
‘I’m ready for this. I feel physically, mentally and emotionally ready to take this step up and have been for a fight or two,’ he added.
Kelly’s clash with Molina will whet the appetite for Joshua’s heavyweight showdown with Joseph Parker alongside a number of high quality match-ups on the undercard.
Ryan Burnett will be looking to hold off the challenge of his WBA bantamweight title against Yonfrez Parejo.
Liverpool heavyweight David Price faces 38-year-old Russian Alexander Povetkin who holds the WBO and WBA inter-continential and international titles.
Welshman Joe Cordina will fight in front of his home fans against Andy Townend for the WBA international lightweight belt.
David Price (left) takes on Alexander Povetkin on the undercard of Joshua vs Parker