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Unbeaten pair wait to discover opponents

PUBLISHED: 13:22 18 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:38 05 October 2010

Unbeaten prospects Vinnie Mitchell and Grant Skehill await confirmation of their opponents at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Friday September 26.

Unbeaten prospects Vinnie Mitchell and Grant Skehill await confirmation of their opponents at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Friday September 26 when they are featured on the Sports Network bill.

Mitchell is the 21-year-old younger brother of British and Commonwealth super-featherweight king Kevin - and both brothers won amateur honours at West Ham boxing club.

He will be looking for his sixth straight success on the night, although reports that he will meet previous victim Robin Deakin appear wide of the mark.

'Rockin Robin', who gave Mitchell a tough tussle before losing a points decision earlier this year, has issued a return challenge but unbeaten prospect Mitchell insists he does not want to cover the same ground again and would prefer to face a different rival.

The York Hall show has been plagues by problems, with original top-of-the-bill fighter Matthew Marsh withdrawing from his British title clash with Rocky Dean through injury. Subsequent plans to feature Colombian Breidis Prescott, the shock conqueror of Amir Khan, have also been dropped.

Hackney stylist Skehill is another fighter aiming to keep his unbeaten record against a selected rival on Friday week.

Skehill, an amateur title winner at St George's boxing club in Stepney, has recorded six straight pro wins - all via the points route - since his paid debut in 2006.

Cruiserweight Tommy Saunders, lightwelter Eddie Corcoran and Norfolk brothers Liam Walsh, Ryan Walsh and Michael Walsh are also booked for action on the York Hall promotion.

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Promoter Frank Maloney was pleased by the performances of his local fighters who made winning debuts at York Hall last weekend.

Tom Dallas made a successful start in the heavyweight ranks on Saturday night with a four-round win over Vlado Szabo of Slovakia.

Lightweight Liam Shinkwin, another Peacock gym-trained fighter, dropped Crawley opponent Robin Deakin to the floor in the opening round of his contest.

But Maloney was less happy with Irish heavyweight Scott Belshaw, who topped the bill and outpointed Czech Pavol Polakovic over eight rounds.

"Scott's got everything he needs to succeed but he hasn't got the right attitude - the ring is not a place for gentle giants," said Maloney. "He must be honest about whether or not he has the heart to go with his physique.


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