Burns vs Mitchell on for September
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).
Coatbridge star Burns, Scotland's first two-weight world champion in nearly 20 years, was last action in March when he beat former world champion Paulus Moses with a commanding performance to retain his title.
He stepped up to lightweight last November when he beat Australian warrior Michael Katsidis - the only man to have beaten Kevin Mitchell - and put his name up with the best in the division.
‘The fight's been on the boil for the last couple of years and the fans and press have been desperate for it to happen, it's fantastic that it's on at last,’ said Burns.
‘We are both at the top of our game now and I'm in this sport to prove that I'm the best, next to me Mitchell's the best around and it will be great fight between two warriors.
‘He put on a great showing against John Murray last year that showed just how good a boxer he is to take apart another champion.
‘But this fight is the fight I've wanted and it's got me really excited, Mitchell's going to bring out the best in me and I believe that the fans are going to be in for an unbelievable fight.’
Londoner Mitchell's fight against John Murray last July was voted Fight of the Year in which he stopped Murray in the eighth round of a thrilling contest. He then beat tough Dominican Felix Lora in February and has been shouting for a confrontation with his Scottish adversary.
‘I’m promising you now you’re going to see the best fight of the year or any year,’ said Mitchell. ‘This is a real fight between the two best in the division and it’s not going to be for the faint-hearted.
‘I rate Burns very highly, he’s a great fighter and has really proved himself as one of the top champions in the world. I’m going into the lion’s den and I know I can beat him and take the world title.’