World-class in waiting – Kevin Mitchell

The road to world title honours is a long one in boxing, Kevin “the hammer” Mitchell knows this perhaps as well as anyone prize fighting today.

At 31 straight wins (23 by KO) and no defeats you could argue rightly that he should have had his day in the sun quite some time ago.

Kevin Mitchell

Kevin Mitchell

Overshadowed by his previous stable mate – the chinny wonder Amir Khan, Mitchell did things the hard way – grinding out win after win against tough opposition. He didn’t always make it easy for himself though – always keen to have a war when a fight would suffice, Mitchell frequently traded power shots in the center of the ring and relied on brute strength and a concrete chin to get him through. Those of us that saw his 2008 fight against fellow Brit Carl Johanneson can perhaps recall just how difficult Mitchell could make a fight.
Mitchell really came of age though in his fight against Breidis Prescott – the teak tough Colombian knockout artist that destroyed Amir Khan in the opening seconds of their fight. For every opponent Khan has called out since you never hear him mention for a moment a rematch with Prescott. Mitchell was clearly making a statement with this fight and what a statement it was. For every minute of every round Mitchell resisted his previous form of storming in and banging a win out, instead he boxed beautifully – the sweet science in full flow. He went out and kept to the game plan his new trainer Jimmy Tibbs had designed and it worked in spades for him.

Kevin Mitchell Bredis Prescott

Kevin Mitchell dismantles Amir Khan's conqueror the Colombian brawler Breidis Prescott

Mitchell could always box though – I saw him way back when at York Hall, Bethnal Green and despite his obvious power and chin he had all the skills in raw form – more often than not he just chose not to use them! In his last outing Mitchell took apart another Colombian fighter – Ignacio Mendoza, lifting him off the floor with a sharp right hand in the 2nd round to close the show. Mitchell’s throws punches with ‘bad intentions’ as Mike Tyson used to call it and in boxing that’s an asset if you can back it up with real power, which Mitchell has.

On May 15th 2010 Mitchell will finally get his world title shot, on home turf at Upton Park. His opponent is seasoned brawler and tough man Michael Katsidis. Katsidis is genuinely world-class – he’s been in with Juan Diaz and Joel Casamayor and although losing to both he was by no means a walk over. Katsidis is guaranteed to come out guns blazing but I’m picking Mitchell to have far too much for the Australian and I see him stopping Katsidis to take the title. This is going to be a sensational fight – I’m going to be there to see it and I can’t wait.

For now he is in his last outing against Mendoza:


2 responses to “World-class in waiting – Kevin Mitchell

    • Thats a tough one to call…my head says Mayweather after a couple of close moments – I can see him doing his normal fight off the back foot picking off Mosely as he comes in and countering. That said Mosely is a big fighter and game and could on paper give Mayweather all kinds of trouble all night long. I suppose its really down to how much Shane has left in the tank at 38 and after some tough fights along the way. Did the Margarito win flatter him? My heart would love shane to have the best night of his life and KO Floyd, but I just think Mayweather is too crafty to let that happen. I say Mayweather on points or very late stoppage. What about you? Check out this video though – great insight

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