Brothers in arms
PUBLISHED: 13:23 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:39 05 October 2010
Following in your big brother s footsteps can be a tough task - just ask promising featherweight Vinnie Mitchell.
By Len Whaley
Following in your big brother's footsteps can be a tough task - just ask promising featherweight Vinnie Mitchell.
His older brother Kevin is British super-featherweight champion, unbeaten in 27 pro fights, with a world title firmly in his sights.
Yet kid brother Vinnie, who at 21 is two years younger than Kevin, can extend his own unbeaten run to six straight wins at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Friday night when he takes his place in Sports Network's parade of unbeaten prospects.
The battling Mitchell brothers both fight under the Frank Warren banner and Vinnie is named on Friday's promotion alongside another unbeaten local hopeful, middleweight Grant Skehill, who has won all six of his fights since shedding his amateur vest.
Mitchell has recorded a trio of wins this year in bouts against respectable opposition - tough British battlers 'Rockin' Robin Deakin and John Baguley, plus 50-fight Bulgarian campaigner Wladimir Borov.
But finding an opponent for the talented young featherweight has been troublesome and Mitchell must wait for his York Hall rival to be named later this week.
Former Stepney St Georges amateur Skehill, whose six wins have all been on points, does have an opponent after Worcester veteran Billy Smith was confirmed to fight on Tuesday.
The 6ft tall Skehill, who trains at the Peacock gym, has victories over similarly seasoned opposition in his two ring appearances this year.
The local fighter, who celebrates his 23rd birthday next week, has outpointed Ben Hudson and Duncan Cottier - both veterans of around 50 fights.
The show also features unbeaten light heavyweight Tommy Saunders, with four straight wins on his record, and light welterweight Eddie Corcoran - a winner of all five pro fights.
The Walsh brothers from Norfolk, featherweight Ryan, super bantam Michael - both with three straight wins - and lightweight Liam, who has a pair of victories, are also booked on the show.
In the headline clash Scotland's Ricky Burns aims to land the Commonwealth super-featherweight crown when he tackles Ghana's Osumana Akaba, who recently defeated Tshifhiwa Munyai in a shock result at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre.
The chief supporting contest sees heavyweight prospect Derek Chisora take on Lee Swaby.
Tickets for Friday's show at York Hall are available on 07597 163121.