Mitchell Targets WBC Champ Linares

Published On February 3, 2015 | By Sam Jordan | Boxing News

MITCHELL TARGETS WBC CHAMP LINARES

By Sam Jordan

MITCHELL TARGETS WBC CHAMP LINARES AFTER CAREER BEST DISPLAY

Kevin Mitchell has confirmed he has his sights firmly set on WBC champion Jorge Linares after Saturdays brutal eight round knockout of Mexico’s Daniel Estrada.

It had been rumoured that Mitchell could fight the for another version of the world title if the opportunity arose before a potential clash with Linares could be made.

Questioned in the ring in the aftermath of the bout, promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport said Mitchell’s performance would strike fear into any of the current world champions and that fights against the winner of WBA champion Richar Abril and Derry Mathews or even WBO incumbent Terence Crawford could be on Mitchell’s radar.

Asked on the possibility of facing any of the names mentioned Mitchell admitted that he would be prepared to face any of them, in the event that a potential fight with them could be made sooner than the Linares fight.

But now it looks like Mitchell is prepared to wait for a shot at the WBC title, a title he is now mandatory for after collecting the silver version of the belt in Saturdays demolition of Estrada.

Speaking on twitter, Mitchell tweeted his promoter and his broadcaster saying “Lets bring on this WBC world title fight. #itsminesoon.” Clearly hoping his promoter Hearn can get him his shot at the coveted crown.

He may have to wait for his shot unless Hearn can cut a deal with Golden Boy, the promoters of Linares as he is not due to face a mandatory just yet. He is however mandated to fight former champion Omar Figueroa as soon as he recovers from the horrific cut sustained in his own battle with Estrada in August.

OVERCOMING HURDLES

It has been a bit of a whirlwind few years for Mitchell. From being hyped as a future world champion a few years back with the backing of Frank Warren, He has abruptly failed on each occasion he has stepped up to the top level.

Suffering a devastating first career defeat at his beloved Upton Park in 2010, at the hands of heavy handed Michael Katsidis, the brakes were well and truly applied to his world title charge. His charge had gained momentum following an almost flawless display against Amir Khan’s conqueror Breidis Prescott in 2009.

After impressive comeback wins including an impressive knockout of previously unbeaten John Murray, Mitchell looked destined once again to reach his dream of becoming world champion.

Ricky Burns had other ideas however, and Mitchell was duly stopped within five rounds in 2012, further casting doubt among fans and boxing pundits alike over Mitchell’s ability but more so his commitment to the sport, something Mitchell himself highlighted after his first career defeat to Katsidis.

So what’s changed since the Burns defeat? Firstly Mitchell made the decision to revert back to the tutelage of former amateur coach Tony Sims, a decision that seems to have paid off enormously as Mitchell has confirmed he is no longer cutting corners in training.

Secondly he has changed his promotional team. Splitting with Frank Warren in 2013, Mitchell joined the stable of Matchroom Sport, something many believe to be a wise decision considering Eddie Hearn’s work with other fighters such as Carl Froch, Kell Brook, Tony Bellew, Carl Frampton etc.

MATURITY

Lastly Mitchell has matured as an individual. He was known for enjoying a night out in his youth where as now he is a thrity year old doting father, trying his utmost to provide for his young family.

All these factors have contributed to Mitchell’s rise over the past eighteen months. Although there was a hiccup regarding weight at the Froch-Groves II show at Wembley in May, Mitchell still turned in an impressive display, stopping Ghislain Maduma in the eleventh round.

Making his return at the weekend, Mitchell was in sparkling form, dropping Estrada in the third before toying with his opponent and eventually stopping him in the eighth.

It now remains to be seen who Mitchell will fight for a world title. What we can be sure of though is that the boy from Dagenham is finally ready to grasp his chance with both hands.

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About The Author

Sam is a Sports Journalism student hailing from Liverpool, renowned for its rich fighting heritage. Sam has become an avid boxing fan over recent years and attends events regularly with Carl Frampton’s world title shot against Kiko Martinez in Belfast a particular highlight.

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