Unbeaten after nine pro fights, the former Junior and U23 Muratti footballer takes on Australian Jack Brubaker (27) for the World Boxing Association Oceania welterweight title at the ICC, Darling Harbour. And he has warned the highly-rated Brubaker that he’s in for a big surprise, saying after yesterday’s press conference that the Australian will be facing somebody in ‘the best shape of his life’.
Kennedy added: ‘I know what to expect from Jack, he’ll come forward – that’s the only style he has.’ But the Jerseyman thinks he has spotted a weakness in his rival, who usually boxes at super welterweight ... body punches, a weapon that Kennedy has in his armoury.
The pair are due for their weigh-in today, and both know the prize on offer . . . a WBA top-12 world ranking for the victor.
Former Leonis amateur Kennedy (35), who won the New South Wales welterweight title in 2015, will be cheered on Down Under, although his support should be well short of Brubaker’s.
The former Island stonemason – he’s put down his tools so he can prepare twice a day with trainer Tom Lambert – will also be roared on from afar by fans in Jersey as the fight is being shown live in the Forum, Grenville Street, St Helier, from 10 am, tomorrow.