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Unbeaten prospects improve records

PUBLISHED: 14:35 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 05 October 2010

Vinny Mitchell made it five straight wins and light middleweight Grant Skehill made it six out of six on a winning night for unbeaten prospects at York Hall on Saturday.

VINNY Mitchell made it five straight wins and light middleweight Grant Skehill made it six out of six on a winning night for unbeaten prospects at York Hall on Saturday.

Cheered on by elder brother Kevin, who had returned from extending his own victory run in Atlantic City last week, 21-year-old featherweight Vinny recorded a comfortable points victory over Bulgarian rival Wladamir Borov.

Referee Richie Davies awarded Mitchell win number five with a 40-36 decision over four rounds.

The unbeaten prospect took control from the start against the former WBO Intercontinental title challenger, rocking the Bulgarian with powerful hooks in the first round.

Borov, a former WBO Intercontinental title challenger with a 50 fight pro record, used his experience to survive the opening onslaught.

But the opening round set a pattern for the fight as Mitchell showed some of his best form as a pro and looked a winner all the way.

Skehill was another winner at the Bethnal Green venue, stretching his winning record to six against Duncan Cottier.

Former St George's amateur Skehill made the most of his height and reach advantage to dominate the exchanges.

He tried to finish the fight inside the distance but experienced campaigner Cottier was still there at the finish.

Yet there was no doubt about the winner as Skehill finished the four round contest a 40-37 points winner.

George Katsimpas, who is trained by Jackie Bowers at east London's TKO gym, made a brave bid to upset the odds against Deptford's Anthony Small in their Southern Area title clash.

Despite Small's greater experience, Katsimpas never stopped trying to slam home the shots to turn the fight his way.

But he was generally on the receiving end as the classier Small clinched his 19th win in 20 fights by slamming home a barrage of body shots in the eighth round to topple his game opponent.

The Sports Network show provided another win for TKO's talented light welterweight Eddie Corcoran, overcame Tooting's David Wakefield.

Corcoran made it five straight successes with a 59-55 win in his first six-round contest.


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