Gym partners could do battle for title

PUBLISHED: 16:56 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:34 05 October 2010

By LEN WHALEY TRAINING partners Kevin Mitchell and Nicky Cook could become rivals for the world super featherweight title with a potential clash lined up for next year. Cook is challenging reigning champion Alex Arthur for the WBO world championship in a


TRAINING partners Kevin Mitchell and Nicky Cook could become rivals for the world super featherweight title with a potential clash lined up for next year.

Cook is challenging reigning champion Alex Arthur for the WBO world championship in a Battle of Britain duel at the MEN Arena next month.

If Cook succeeds in capturing the belt on September 6, the Stepney-born fighter has revealed that he would consider making a first defence against undefeated British title holder Mitchell - despite both fighters being trained by Cook's father Paul.

The east London duel for the world title would be a major attraction in the sport if Mitchell's promoter Frank Warren makes a big-money bid for the pair to put their friendship aside for a well-paid one night encounter.

And Cook has revealed that he would have no hesitation about fighting Mitchell.

He said: "This is a business at the end of the day. If they want us to fight and the money is right, then I'd certainly sit down and talk about it."

Mitchell could end up challenging for the title even if stable-mate Cook is defeated in Manchester - after Edinburgh fighter Arthur admitted he would also be prepared to go head-to-head with the Dagenham youngster.

"I don't have a problem fighting Kevin Mitchell or anyone else," said Arthur.

"It doesn't make a great deal of difference to me who they put in front of me, as long as I get paid."

Super featherweight rivals Arthur and Cook appear happy to save their own rivalry for their ring following a pre-fight press conference this week full of pleasantries.

But both men promised there will be plenty of bad blood when the bell goes at the start of their world title clash.

"We are both nice guys and family men at heart, but once the bell goes we'll be at each other's throats," said champion Arthur.

The 28-year-old Cook is making his first world title appearance in the division after boxing for the WBO crown at featherweight last year - but he insists he will be ready on the night.

"I'll have to meet whatever Alex is planning to throw at me," said Cook. "Whatever he hits me with I'll be throwing back twice as much. I've got the tools to beat him."

Tickets for the show are available from and MEN Ticketmaster on 0870 1908000.

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