Search

Mitchell: Murray can kiss goodbye to his champion dreams

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 July 2011

Kevin Mitchell (left) and John Murray during the head-to-head at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel in Manchester.

Kevin Mitchell (left) and John Murray during the head-to-head at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel in Manchester.

PA Wire/Press Association Images

East London boxer in confident mood ahead of Liverpool showdown

The promise of a world-title chance for Kevin Mitchell adds extra appeal to Frank Warren’s super show at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night.

The unique night of boxing already had a large local interest with Nicky Cook’s clash against WBO super-featherweight champion Ricky Burns heading an outstanding bill.

However, it has been boosted by the addition of Mitchell’s meeting with John Murray and the prize dangled by the promoter of a clash against WBA king Brendan Rios for the winner.

East Londoner Mitchell has been out of action for 14 months since his only pro defeat, when he was stopped last year by Michael Katsidis in his interim world-title challenge.

However, last weekend a lean-looking Mitchell revealed that he was ready for a clash that could decide his fighting future knowing that defeat could finish his career.

“I can’t wait,” he said. “We had to postpone the fight because I don’t want any excuses this time. I want to get in there and show the fans what I’m capable of.

“I’m quite pleased it’s in Liverpool. I like it up there and know a lot of people. Putting it back a week has helped me massively.”

Unbeaten Murray said he’d jump at the chance to meet WBA king Rios, but Mitchell insists the fight will not be as easy as the Manchester boxer seems to think it will be.

“He can talk up a fight between himself and Rios all he likes, but he’s got to get past me first,” said Mitchell.

“I’m going to knock him out on Saturday, so he can kiss goodbye to his dream of becoming a world champion.

“Rios looks like an all-action fighter, so a fight between me and him would be an absolute classic.

“He’s a genuine world champion, and I’ll set my sights on him after I beat Murray on Saturday night.”

However, Murray is just as confident going into the fight and tells how he hasn’t been affected by the change of location.

“I don’t think moving my fight with Kevin Mitchell to Liverpool will make much difference,” he said.

“I am confident I will beat Kevin wherever the fight takes place.

“Victory should open the door for a world title fight- and that’s what I want.”

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 18:49

The RFU has revealed the final placings for the 2019/20 rugby season, which was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Yesterday, 18:00

In the second of a series of interviews with county cricket captains, the PA news agency has spoken to new Essex captain Tom Westley.

Yesterday, 17:00

With sport shutting down across the globe due to the coronavirus pandemic, why not test your sporting knowledge with a 40-question Friday quiz?

Yesterday, 16:42

Anthony Joshua’s defence of his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO world heavyweight titles against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev has been postponed, it has been announced.

Yesterday, 16:03

The Premier League has issued a statement confirming that the season will not start at the beginning of May, while clubs have agreed to consult their players on taking wage cuts and deferrals.

Yesterday, 15:58

Sir Mo Farah is not allowing himself to worry about the cancellation of the Olympics and insists he will be prepared to race in Tokyo next year.

Yesterday, 15:45

Leyton Orient have decided to make full use of the government furlough scheme following extensive discussions between the board.

Yesterday, 08:36

Organisers of The Open are considering whether to postpone the 2020 Championship while Premier League footballers are coming under increasing pressure to take a pay cut.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Festival organisers AEG Presents will once again be providing a variety of exciting opportunities for young people at this year’s event

Looking to rent in London? Securing the keys to a new home in any big city can be an ordeal but there is a way to avoid the common pitfalls of London rentals - dodgy landlords, dubious décor and downright dicey security.

Cauldron Foods’ comedy night will give vegans the last laugh as Vegan comics dispel vegan myths.

Most read sport

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser