After an impressive 4-1 amateur career, Jake Kelly (0-0) will make his professional debut Saturday night in the FLA 6 main event when he takes on Nigel Crosswell (0-1) in flyweight action in Moncton, N.B.
Although he hasn’t competed since Feb. 2020, Kelly is confident in his ability to pick up the victory in any manner tomorrow night.
“From what I’ve seen, he has a strong, traditional martial arts background. The way he kind of moves, the way he kind of throws his kicks, it tends to be a little bit more, I want to say, could be wrong, but I feel like it’s a little bit more karate-influenced. I don’t see very strong muay thai fundamentals there, but obviously that’s dangerous in its own right. He’s going to have good footwork,” said Kelly in an interview with MMA Empire.
“Those kicks are going to be pretty fast, but at the same time, this is not kickboxing, this is MMA. I’m willing to take it anywhere it goes. If he thinks that he’s going to be able to out-kickbox me, it’s going to be difficult to do so. If he thinks he’s going to be able to dominate in the grappling area, I’m confident enough that I’m going to be able to take that area of the game.”