By Niall Doran
Readers of this blog may well know that I’ve long been a fan of the potential and promise that Londoner Kevin Mitchell exhibited in spurts throughout his career but alas has never quite managed to live up to his talent, just yet.
WORLD TITLE ELIMINATOR
I was delighted to read in recent days that he is in bullish form ahead of his official world title eliminator on Jan 31st against at the O2 (live on Sky Sports) and taking lightweight adversary Daniel Estrada deadly serious “Estrada is a Mexican fighter so he’s going to be game and as tough as they come, he’s a good fighter. He’s quite upright, his hands are wide and he’s a good boxer that doesn’t get involved in a scrap unless he has to. He caused Omar Figueroa problems until he got chinned, and that will be in the back of his mind as it’s his first fight back. It’s a massive fight for us both, it’s a fight I simply have to win” said Mitchell.
He knows that should he get past Estrada a mandatory world title shot against WBC champ Jorge Linares awaits and he was quoted also as saying “I know that I can beat Linares, I believe I would knock him out and take that title”. With confident statements like that, I’m very encouraged that Kevin is in a good place mentally. It sounds like the Mitchell of old to be honest.
WILL THIS BE THE YEAR?
Sure, some fight fans may have grown frustrated with the career of Kevin Mitchell in recent years, with his big moments against Michael Katsidis (a fight I was at) and Ricky Burns both ending in defeat for the Londoner but I honestly think if he takes things serious (and it sounds like he has been for a while), this could be the year. Don’t get me wrong, Estrada is a massive test and he’ll need to be at the top of his game in this one to prevail. But provided he comes through that I honestly give him a shot at beating Linares.
LAST CRACK AT A WORLD TITLE?
Mitchell has always been an excellent boxer when he wants to box and not get involved in a war. This coupled with his decent power and the fact Linares has been stopped three times makes me think Mitchell could have an outside chance of closing the show in the later part of the fight. Of course this is all just speculation at this point. He needs to do the job impressively on Jan 31st firstly. This writer for one think’s he will. Keep the faith Kevin Mitchell fans, you just never know what could be around the corner this year, in what will more than likely be the Londoner’s last chance at a world title run.
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