Salam and Mitchell highlight York Hall show

PUBLISHED: 18:10 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:59 05 October 2010

Top prospects Vinny Mitchell and Tony Salam are both looking to record the eighth victory of their pro careers when they return to action at York Hall

Top prospects Vinny Mitchell and Tony Salam are both looking to record the eighth victory of their pro careers when they return to action at York Hall on Friday night.

The East London duo provide strong local interest on a promising bill headed by the British welterweight title clash between Sheffield's Kell Brook and Midlands challenger Stuart Elwell.

It is a vital night for Salam, who is looking to get his career back on the rails in a meeting with Richard Horton for the vacant Southern Area super middleweight title.

Salam's reputation took a hit 12 months ago when he suffered his first pro defeat in the same York Hall ring against former Repton amateur Courtney Fry, leaving his light-heavyweight title ambitions in tatters.

Now Salam is back to face Horton, who has suffered a single stoppage defeat against six wins and goes into the encounter knowing that victory will give his career a major boost.

However, trainer Babatunde Ajayi, who coaches Salam at the Peacock Gym in Canning Town, is confident his fighter has too much for his Romford rival.

"We respect Richard Horton as a talented boxer, but I have been impressed with just how sharp Tony has been in sparring," Ajayi said. "He's ready to show his potential at super-middle with a good win."

Meanwhile, bright super-featherweight prospect Mitchell looks to continue his winning ways against a familiar rival - Crawley's 'Rockin' Robin Deakin on the York Hall undercard.

The younger brother of British champion Kevin Mitchell will be eager to repeat his victory over Deakin last year, without the first round knockdown he suffered on his way to a points triumph.

The Sports Network bill also features an eight-round heavyweight meeting between unbeaten prospect Derek Chisora and Daniel Peret, a seasoned Russian-born heavyweight now based in Norway.

Light middleweight Denton Vassell also features on the undercard, while super-featherweight prospect Liam Walsh meets Sid Razak and his super bantamweight brother Ryan looks to make it six straight wins in a clash with Shaun Walton.

For tickets to the Sports Network show, call 01992 550 888.

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