Mitchell desperate to be the headline act
PUBLISHED: 17:46 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:30 05 October 2010
Kevin Mitchell is looking to graduate from a supporting role on Amir Khan's WBA title fight to star of the show in his own world title bid
By LEN WHALEY
Kevin Mitchell insists he is happy to play a supporting role when Amir Khan bids for world title glory in Manchester this month - but the East London ace is eager to be star of the show when he makes his own world title bid in September.
British super-featherweight champion Mitchell is booked for an eight-round supporting contest at the MEN Arena on July 18 when Khan challenges Andreas Kotelnik for the WBA light-welterweight title on the Frank Warren show.
Warren has pencilled in Mitchell's own world title challenge two months later when the undefeated British champion is scheduled to challenge Puerto Rican Roman 'Rocky' Martinez for the WBO super featherweight crown on a London show.
Mitchell, with 28 straight wins to his credit, has already been recognised as the official WBO No1 challenger to the Latin American, who took the crown from Mitchell's close friend and stable-mate Nicky Cook in March.
"Frank Warren has already opened negotiations with the Puerto Ricans and our world title fight is all set to happen on a show in September," said Mitchell, adding that the world title is his for the taking.
"I don't just feel it - I know I will beat Martinez and Nicky [Cook] would have done too if he hadn't strayed from the game plan and got caught.
"I was gutted when Nicky was beaten, because he's my friend, but if he had won a world title fight between us would have been unlikely."
First up for Mitchell is his warm-up clash on the world title promotion, which has been switched to Manchester from London's O2 Arena after world light-welterweight champion Kotelnik suffered a tooth infection.
Also on the delayed show, Mitchell's welterweight stable-mate Michael Lomax, a former amateur at Broad Street BC, Stepney, challenges Sheffield's Kell Brook for the British welterweight championship.
The attractive undercard also includes a Commonwealth light-middleweight title clash between Manchester's Matthew Hall and Hackney-trained Anthony Small and features Olympic trio James DeGale, Billy Joe Saunders and Frankie Gavin.
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