Mitchell brothers to stay Eastenders
UNBEATEN brothers Kevin and Vinny Mitchell have joined up with father and son training duo Jimmy and Mark Tibbs, after shelving their plans to move to Los Angeles, WRITES LEN WHALEY. Kevin, who is awaiting a world title clash with Puerto Rican Roman Marti
UNBEATEN brothers Kevin and Vinny Mitchell have joined up with father and son training duo Jimmy and Mark Tibbs, after shelving their plans to move to Los Angeles, WRITES LEN WHALEY.
Kevin, who is awaiting a world title clash with Puerto Rican Roman Martinez, had talks with top American trainer Freddie Roach after recording his 29th straight pro success in an eighth-round win over Rudy Encarnacion in Manchester in July.
The brothers planned to switch to the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, but have had second thoughts over the costly move to follow world champion Amir Khan working under Roach.
"I am going to become a father again in three weeks, so it just was not the right time to move out to LA," said Kevin Mitchell.
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"Vinny and I have been working well with Jimmy and Mark Tibbs at the Peacock and TKO gyms," added Mitchell, who was formerly coached successfully as an amateur and pro by trainer Paul Cook.
Following his own boxing career, Tibbs has proved a successful trainer, looking after many top boxing names over the past 30 years and has been joined by his son Mark, coaching a stable including former Olympian Billy Joe Saunders, now looking an outstanding pro prospect.
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The link brings together fighters who starred in different eras at the West Ham BC, with Tibbs snr a Hammers favourite back in the 1960s and the Mitchells both title winners with the club in the current decade.
With Martinez not rushing to go through with their scheduled clash this year, Kevin is likely to face a home rival in December.
Meanwhile, unbeaten in nine pro fights, Vinny keeps busy with two bouts in the next three weeks under promoter Frank Warren's banner.
On Friday night, he faces Sheffield's 111-fight Daniel Thorpe at Frank Warren's annual charity boxing event at London's Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square, raising money, for national charity DebRA.
If he comes through that clash, the 22-year-old will appear on the undercard at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on October 9 - a show topped by the contest between rising Welsh star Nathan Cleverly and Courtney Fry, who meet for the British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight titles.