Big time boxing returns to the UK this weekend as Frank Warren puts a card on live from the BT Sport studio in London. Featuring on the card and fighting for the WBO European title is Dundee’s 27-year-old Paul Kean.
Many people have struggled through lockdown that the UK has endured in our battle with Covid-19, however Kean see’s the positive.
“Yeah, Lockdown has been good for me to be honest,” Kean said. “The fact I’ve been able to train full time and not worry about work and also spend more time with my family.”
Kean has picked up a Scottish and Celtic title in his 13 fight pro career, accumulating a 12-1 record, fighting for a European title is the sort of fights he wants. He takes on champion Hamzah Sheeraz (10-0), who won the belt in his last outing against Ryan Kelly in the super welter division.
“This means everything to me this is the sort of fights I want to be in and I’ve been working towards since a young age.” Said Kean. “I know what I need to know and so does my team so we are well prepared.”
Not only has Kean picked up the Scottish and Celtic titles but he has also been a three weight kickboxing world champion. He believes these experiences will serve him well.
“Definitely I’ve been around combat sports since the age of three and competing since I was about seven,” Kean explains. “I’ve fought all over the world with kickboxing and had 25 amateur boxing fights also, and as a professional I’ve been 10 rounds a few times now so definitely those experiences will stand me in good stead.
“This is my first pro fight out of Scotland, I think a fights a fight and once your in that ring it’s just you and him so doesn’t bother me either way I was actually looking forward to fighting in the o2, sort of stuff you dream of but Covid-19 decided to show up!”
In recent weeks, a former opponent of Kean’s, Stefan Sanderson, sadly lost his life. This was a shock to the whole boxing community in Scotland and Kean offers his respects, as we do at Planet Boxing.
“Such a shame he was a good lad and very tough guy giving me my only loss as a pro, we’ve spoken a few times after the fight and messaged a few times and was always a good guy my thoughts are with his close friends and family.”
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