Mitchell awarded Fight of the Year

PUBLISHED: 10:48 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:56 05 October 2010

Kevin Mitchell's thrilling ninth-round victory over Carl Johanneson at the O2 Arena last March has been named Best Fight of 2008

KEVIN MITCHELL'S thrilling ninth-round victory over Carl Johanneson at the O2 Arena last March has been named Best Fight of 2008 by the British Boxing Board of Control.

But Mitchell's trainer Paul Cook takes the opposite view about the contest.

"I don't like seeing Kevin, or any of my fighters, in really hard contests like that," said former Bethnal Green lightweight Cook.

"Kevin has so much talent and I like to see him win by using his skills and not by going to war."

The fight gave Mitchell his 26th straight victory and earned him the British super featherweight title, but he admits it turned into a battle of pride.

Mitchell said: "I knew Carl had beaten some very good fighters and after showing I was the better boxer at the start, I wanted to prove I was stronger than him.

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