Mighty Mitchell is set to fulfil dream

COCKNEY Kevin Mitchell is looking forward to achieving his lifetime dream with a clash against Australian Michael Katsidis for the outright WBO lightweight title in London this summer, by LEN WHALEY AT RINGSIDE. That fight has been the promise from promo

COCKNEY Kevin Mitchell is looking forward to achieving his lifetime dream with a clash against Australian Michael Katsidis for the outright WBO lightweight title in London this summer, by LEN WHALEY AT RINGSIDE.

That fight has been the promise from promoter Frank Warren after Mitchell retained the WBA Inter-Continental belt with a clinical second-round stoppage of Colombian Ignacio Mendoza at Wembley on Saturday night.

After a steady start, Mitchell, making a successful defence of his title, lifted his challenger off his feet with a superb right hand in the second round.

He hardly needed a follow-up left - or the referee's count - for a stunning victory that underlined his power as a follow-up to the display of boxing that wrecked Amir Khan's conqueror Breidis Prescott in December.

Delighted ex West Ham amateur star Mitchell smiled: "After seven years as a professional, 31 fights unbeaten and 23 knockouts I've proved I am ready for that world title chance.

"Katsidis is strong, very powerful, aggressive and entertaining. He's like another Arturo Gatti. But those sort of fighters don't last long in the game and he's made for me.

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"It's the perfect sort of fight for me and I plan to take him out as well. I'd love to get Katsidis at the 02 Arena or back at Wembley."

After the Wembley win, the 25-year-old gets his chance against the Australian, who is currently the interim WBO champion with full title-holder Juan Manuel Marquez expected to relinquish the belt.

"Kevin's next fight will be against Michael Katsidis for the WBO title," Warren confirmed after Mitchell's victory.

"The WBO have given us 28 days to negotiate with Katsidis' promoter Golden Boy before it goes out to purse bids.

"We are determined to bring the fight over here but even if we've got to go to the States, I've got the utmost faith in Kevin."

Warren praised the work of Mitchell's TKO Gym father and son training duo Jimmy and Mark Tibbs and promised: "There will be big things for Kevin in the summer, hopefully we'll get the world title fight for the end of May or June and he gets the belt."

The highs and lows of the fight game were cruelly illustrated later on Saturday night in the Wembley ring as younger brother Vinny Mitchell suffered his first defeat after 11 straight victories, when he was dramatically halted in four rounds by Doncaster's Jon Baguley.

The 22-year-old Mitchell seemed below his best against a rival he had already outpointed, but looked to be battling his way through until he was rocked against the ropes in the fourth round.

Seasoned campaigner Baguley seized the chance to launch a fierce assault, slamming home a fierce battery of blows and forcing the referee to call a halt.

The younger Mitchell, weakened by a virus said: "I just did not feel right on Saturday - but I will be back and I would love to get a third fight against Baguley.

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