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.
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: