RICHARD Farnan believes that we are yet to see the best of his IBO super-middleweight inter-continental champion Kelvin Young.
The Penhill pugilist puts his belt on the line for the first time on Saturday night at the Oasis Leisure Centre and the trainer feels that Young, who stepped up from middleweight 18 months ago, is still to fully develop in the 12-stone division.
Although Young is now potentially three fights away from an IBO world title shot, Farnan, who has had his charge sparring IBF and WBA kingpin Carl Froch in this camp, says that the 27-year-old is getting stronger all the time.
“I don’t think we are there yet (to being a fully-fledged super-middleweight),” the trainer said.
“We have been growing into it for 18 months, from a middleweight, I think he has grown a helluva lot and his strength is improved impeccably.
“I think we are looking at his true strength and potential at the end of this year – give him another six months and I’d say that he would be a fully-fledged super-middleweight then.
“But he can mix it with any super-middleweight right now.”
As well as sparring one of the best boxers in the world, Young has also been taking to the ring with smaller fighters in a bid to improve his speed.
And Farnan says that they have been shocked by the increase in strength and power that he has now developed.
“Daza Usher last sparred with Kelv two years ago and one of the first things he said when he come out ‘I can’t believe how strong he is now, he is so much stronger than he used to be’.”
As well as developing into a super-middleweight, Farnan has been impressed with how Young has taken to this camp.
With just a few light sessions remaining before Saturday’s fight, the trainer believes that his boxer, who last fought in March after winning his title in December, is in superb condition.
“I don’t think I have (seen Kelvin fitter), he is getting fitter and fitter,” the trainer said.
“What you will see from Kelvin on Saturday night is an improved version of the last Kelvin that we saw (in March) which was an improved version of the last one that we saw.
“We are not having such long breaks between fights, we are not going at it 100 miles an hour all the time, but we are always in the gym.
“Six weeks ago we picked it up more and more, we are getting to the point where by Saturday his body is going to be screaming that he wants to release energy – that will be released in the ring on Saturday night.”