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PUBLISHED: 14:29 02 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:40 05 October 2010

By LEN WHALEY EXCITING prospects Vinnie Mitchell and Grant Skehill extended their unbeaten records at York Hall on Friday - but had to be content with distance wins against a pair of seasoned rivals whose combined ring experience stretched to over 130 p

By LEN WHALEY

EXCITING prospects Vinnie Mitchell and Grant Skehill extended their unbeaten records at York Hall on Friday - but had to be

content with distance wins against a pair of seasoned rivals whose combined ring experience stretched to over 130 pro fights.

Mitchell took his record to six straight victories with a repeat points win over Midlands fighter Shaun Walton on the Sports Network show.

Trainer Paul Cook said: "I was satisfied with Vinnie's display but we would like to keep him busier with two more fights before the end of the year."

The 21-year-old Mitchell always looked comfortable, winning every round - just as he did when outpointing Walton on his pro debut.

But Walton, a 43-fight veteran from West Bromwich, used all his experience to survive as Mitchell, cheered on by big brother and British super featherweight champion Kevin at ringside, bombed forward with his solid hooks that forced his taller rival to retreat around the ring.

Mitchell's powerful shots shook Walton during the fifth session of the contest but he managed to stay upright until the final bell.

While Mitchell has a single inside-the-distance win on his record, Skehill still awaits a short-cut success after chalking up his seventh pro win.

Up against Stourport's 90-fight campaigner Billy Smith, who has sharpened his survival skills against some top names over the years, Skehill never looked like losing a round but was frustrated as his opponent stayed defiant until the final bell.

Bethnal Green postman Skehill varied his attack from head to body, pouring on the punches in every round as he recorded another clear victory, referee Dave Parris scoring the encounter 40-36 in favour of the former Stepney St George's amateur.

Popular Peacock gym fighter Rocky Dean, boxing on the undercard after a British super bantamweight title fight with local rival Matthew Marsh fell through last month, was another points winner after he outscored Aberdeen's tough James Ancliff by a 39-38 margin.

Newly crowned WBO world super featherweight king Nicky Cook was an interested spectator at ringside for the headline showdown, which saw Scottish fighter Ricky Burns claim the Commonwealth super featherweight title by outpointing Ghana's Osumana Akaba.

Burns is keen to challenge Cook for the world crown and is among the possible rivals lined up for the champion's first defence, which is provisionally scheduled for December.

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