The ‘Battle of Britain’ certainly lived up to the hype on Saturday night as Scottish World Champion Ricky Burns gave us a master class against a brave Kevin Mitchell.
The clever money was on a tactical 12-rounder with Burns edging it, unless the ‘big puncher’ Mitchell was to land and get the knockout. However burns clearly hadn’t read the script landing a devastating left hook onto the chin of the Londoner in the fourth round before following up with a vicious barrage to end the fight in fantastic style.
WBO Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns and challenger Kevin Mitchell weigh in ahead of their world title clash tomorrow at SECC in Glasgow. The two respected fighters had a friendly handshake at the end of the face-off, however the next time they meet their friendship will be left on the other side of the ropes.
Even boxing’s staunchest detractors would struggle not to take to WBO World Lightweight king Ricky Burns. The two-weight world champion from Coatbridge, Scotland is both a thoroughly decent human being and a consummate professional athlete; courteous, humble, clean living and frighteningly dedicated to his craft. He is an inspiration to all who come into contact with him.
Destiny dawns for Dagenham lightweight Kevin Mitchell on Saturday evening. A former six time national junior champion and English senior ABA featherweight king whilst still a teenager, it seemed the Cockney with the kayo kick couldn’t miss when, amidst much fanfare, he signed pro forms with Frank Warren, as a baby faced 18 year old, back in July 2003.
Billy Nelson’s role in steering Ricky Burns to world titles in two weight divisions must never be diminished. The Coatbridge star was a forlorn, twice defeated 23-year-old when residential care worker Nelson hopped onto the trainers saddle following ‘Rickster’s’ February 2007 British super-feather title loss to Carl Johanneson. Nineteen fights together since have brought 19 victories, the last half dozen in WBO world championships.
Kevin Mitchell hasn’t always enjoyed the smoothest of passages since linking with feted father-son training team of Jimmy and Mark Tibbs three years ago. Interspersed between career high wins over Breidis Prescott and John Murray, the ‘Mighty One’ has suffered a crushing world title defeat plus debilitating personal and judicial problems.
Fast-rising prospect John Thain will head to Freddie Roach’s star packed gym ahead of his appearance on the big Ricky Burns-Kevin Mitchell show next month.
The 24-year-old from Edinburgh, who is heralded as one of the best young talents on the domestic scene and recently featured on Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour show on BoxNation, will go to Roach’s Wild Card gym in LA with his trainer Terry McCormack this Friday to start a two-week training camp.
WBO World Lightweight title challenger Kevin Mitchell has been inspired by watching the first ever female Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams.
The Dagenham Destroyer is hard in training for his second world title attempt on Saturday 22nd September at Glasgow’s SECC against world champion Ricky Burns and says watching flyweight Adams make history has fired him up for victory.
Burns put his WBO world lightweight title on the line against his long-time rival Mitchell on September 22 in Glasgow with the venue still to be announced, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky 456, Virgin 546).