Chris Kongo has been “revived” and “can now really do well” at the fastest welterweight bout, says supporter Ben Shalom.
Kongo has slammed his wounds after losing his undefeated record to Michael McKinson and will resume his career with Sky Sports Boxing and BOXXER by throwing himself into the big fight.
“It was a tough battle for him and McKinson,” Shalom said. “He was not happy with his education. He felt that he was not in the right camp and was not learning in the right way.
“He joined the battle blind on what McKinson could bring on the table.
“But Kongo did not deny anyone. I feel like he was captured by McKinson.
“Now he has a new plan with Ben Davison and he feels refreshed.
“He’s a fun, minimal fighter.
“It’s exciting to take him to the level of knowledge and now he can do better.
“The split is fine. They want to get back to the mix.
“Florian Markku is an obvious fighter – Josh Kelly and David Avanesyan too. There are some fights that make sense. There are a lot of chances.”
Amir Khan and Kell Brook will fight on February 19, staying at the Sky Sports Box Office.
McKinson, a former Congolese enemy, has yet to win and has a strong chance of upsetting American Vergil Ortiz Jr. on March 19.
The Russian-born Avanesyan, who lives in Nottingham, made a name for himself by ending Kelly’s unbeaten record and now holds the European welterweight title.
Florian Markku of Albania is still extremely dangerous.
Conor Benn is coming off a knockout victory against skilled Chris Algieri.
But Kongo is only 29 years old and ready to return – before being named by McKinson, he excelled in his career against Luther Clay.
Sky Sports Boxing Guide
Sunday January 30 – Top Position in Tulsa
Robson Conceicao vs Xavier Martinez – WBC super-featherweight title eminator
Saturday February 5 (required) – BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles
Saturday February 19 – BOXXER in Manchester
Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook
First Frazer Clarke
Saturday February 26 – BOXXER with a High Position in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed lightweight titles
Saturday 5th March – High Office in Fresno
Jose Ramirez Vs. Jose Pedraza