Mitchell, Lynes booked for title fights this year

PUBLISHED: 11:56 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:27 05 October 2010

By LEN WHALEY KEVIN Mitchell and Colin Lynes have both been lined up for title fight clashes later this year by the British Boxing Board of Control. The two fighters are stable-mates at the gym of former Bethnal Green pro Paul Cook, who is facing a hecti


KEVIN Mitchell and Colin Lynes have both been lined up for title fight clashes later this year by the British Boxing Board of Control.

The two fighters are stable-mates at the gym of former Bethnal Green pro Paul Cook, who is facing a hectic schedule with son Nicky already booked for a WBO world super featherweight title challenge in September.

That clash is against Scottish champ Alex Arthur on the Sports Network bonanza promotion at Manchester's MEN Arena on September 6.

Meanwhile, undefeated 23-year-old Dagenham super featherweight Mitchell, who holds the British and Commonwealth crowns, has been scheduled to face Ghanaian Yaku Amidu with his Commonwealth title at stake in the latest Board of Control announcement.

The Ghanaian has suffered just one reversal in his 16 ring appearances.

His sole defeat came in South Africa last year when he lost on a majority points' decision against Ali Funeka in a clash for the WBC International lightweight title.

Amidu, 25, has since come back with three stoppage wins to earn a shot at the Commonwealth super featherweight crown.

Mitchell, undefeated in his 27 pro contests, would start as a strong favourite but may pass up the fight to press his own world title ambitions.

Former British and European light welterweight titleholder Lynes has also been named to fight Manchester's David Barnes for the British title.

The 30-year-old Whitechapel-born fighter has been pressing for a second meeting with Italian veteran Gianluca Branco.

Branco took his European crown on a highly controversial split decision when they met in Turin just two months ago.

"Even the Italians know I won that fight - it was not even close - I deserve a return chance," said Lynes, whose chance of a rematch could be undone by Branco's proposed EBU title defence against former world title-holder Junior Witter.

Instead, Lynes must consider the alternative of challenging for the British light welterweight championship he relinquished after taking the European crown.

The 27-year-old Barnes followed in Lynes' footsteps when he defeated Scotland's Barrie Morrison for the British crown earlier this month.

The contest is scheduled to take place by the end of November.

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