Article By Jason West


Simon Vallily makes it 11-1-0 whilst Josh "Pretty boy" Kelly stuns opponent Tom "TNT" Whitfield in first round KO.

The latest instalment of Matchroom’s JD NXTGEN arrived at the Walker Activity Dome, Newcastle last night – with exciting prospect Josh Kelly topping the bill in front of 2,000 noisy locals. Though the purpose of the NXTGEN series since its launch has been to give the up-and-comers a chance to impress – and progress – on their own show, last night’s card also presented an opportunity for a couple of already-established names to shake off some rust.

Elsewhere on the undercard, Natasha Jonas made her professional debut under the Matchroom banner – winning via TKO just after halfway through the first round against Monika Antonik (1-4-0). Jonas came out of the blocks flying – landing with both spite and speed at will, and as she told BNTV, she will forever cherish her first outing as a pro in what was a cauldron-like atmosphere. Elsewhere on the undercard, there were wins for Jordan King, Simon Vallily, Warren Baister, Kyle Redfearn, Darren Reay, Jamie Humble and Kris Pilkinton drew with Micheal Mooney.

Promoter Eddie Hearn added that he expects to bring a similar show to Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena in October following a successful night, and the North-East could well end up providing the loyal fan base to accompany Josh Kelly’s undoubtedly bright future.

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