Edward Kelly Plans To Finish The Year Strong In Beijing

Looking to enter back the winning lane, Filipino featherweight Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly is out to make a definitive statement in his final cage appearance this 2019.

Kelly is scheduled to face Tang Kai of China in the undercard of ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China on 16 November.

This will be Kelly’s fourth match this year after going 1-2 in his previous three bouts. Less than a week before his next assignment, the hard-hitting Filipino is in high spirits and plans to leave his last ONE Circle appearance this 2019 on a positive note.

“I’m really excited and thankful for this match, especially since I am coming off a loss. This is a good opportunity for me to bounce back and finish my year with a win,” Kelly said.

“It’s my fourth match this year and I’ve certainly picked up a lot in those matches. I want to show the things that I worked for, and I hope I get to show those improvements.”

From his grappling up to his mental calmness, Kelly shared that the two losses he collected this year were definitely given him a big help and reminders on the things he needs to develop in his game.

Nevertheless, “The Ferocious” assured that those setbacks are now in the rearview mirror and the obstacles he has encountered in his previous battles especially this year have only motivated him more to succeed.

“I am really focused on my training. There are some new things that I am adding in my routine, and it was based on where I struggled this year,” Kelly shared.

“I have to learn how to remain calm in certain situations and at the same time, I need to improve my cardio. Without the necessary cardio, I don’t think I’ll be able to execute the things I want to do.”

Despite Kelly’s confidence soaring to end 2019 strong, the man he will be facing in Beijing could be the hardest challenge he will be facing this year.

Tang is a WBK Tournament Champion who quickly put together an impressive record of eight straight knockout wins before joining The Home of Martial Arts roster. In his ONE Championship debut at ONE: HEROES ASCENT in Manila last January, The striking machine from China continues his knockout streak after scoring a first-round stoppage win over Sung Jong Lee of Korea.

The Dragon Warrior Shanghai representative will also carry a hometown advantage on 16 November making the situation tougher to solve for Kelly.

“He’s a really good athlete. I noticed that we have the same style which favors striking, that’s why I believe this will be a good match.”

Although a tough a tough test awaits him next month in China, Kelly is unfazed and believes that his showdown with Tang will definitely won’t reach the final bell.

Kelly also believes that a win over Tang would be the perfect notice to send across the division that he got serious intentions to reach the top of the featherweight ladder next year.

“I don’t think this match is going to the final bell. We both have power so whoever connects clean first will likely get that KO win,” Kelly stated.

“I’ll give everything in this match. I’ve been inconsistent this year so that’s why I I want to end the year right,” he added. “I have a lot of plans next year, I want to enter title contention – so that’s why I’ll do everything to win in China.”

Author: Fight Game Asia

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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