Kevin heads north for showdown
KEVIN MITCHELL is looking for a career-best victory as he travels to Newcastle, complete with a battle plan to defeat Colombian dangerman Breidis Prescott, who knocked out Amir Khan in just 54 seconds last year. The former British and Commonwealth feather
KEVIN MITCHELL is looking for a career-best victory as he travels to Newcastle, complete with a battle plan to defeat Colombian dangerman Breidis Prescott, who knocked out Amir Khan in just 54 seconds last year.
The former British and Commonwealth featherweight champion, unbeaten in 29 fights, knows he faces the biggest gamble of his career at the Metro Radio Arena on Saturday night against the power-punching Colombian, who pulled off a massive upset as he blasted out the Olympic silver-medal winner Khan.
Confident Mitchell, who will be fighting for the first time since joining his new trainer Jimmy Tibbs at east London's Ultrachem TKO Gym, aims to produce the fight of his life to tame big-puncher Prescott, and clinch the prize of a WBO world lightweight title challenge, on offer for the winner.
"People will remember Prescott for the Khan knockout, but I am confident I will handle him," insisted Mitchell.
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"He is a fighter who likes to work for around 30 seconds in each round throwing big bombs, but I plan to slip and slide out of danger and go to work on his body to test his stamina.
"I have always set my sights on becoming a world champion, now I want to step up to face top-class opposition," said the fighter, who has given up the 9st 4lbs title to move to lightweight for the world title eliminator.
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However, he knows he faces his toughest test against Prescott, who has suffered just a single defeat in his 21 pro fights, which include 18 inside-the-distance victories.
Saturday's show promoter, Frank Warren, who has guided Mitchell throughout his six-year professional campaign, is also confident, saying: "Kevin needs a challenge and I think he is capable of beating Prescott."
Busy trainer Tibbs will also be looking for his middleweight prospect, Billy Joe Saunders, to shine on the bill, which is headed by Amir Khan's WBA light-welterweight title defence against Dimitriy Salita.
Saunders appears on the undercard which also features his former Olympic team-mates James DeGale and Frankie Gavin.