Quick return to action as Kevin gets the call
UNBEATEN Kevin Mitchell has been called up to headline the Frank Warren promotion at Wembley Arena on February 13, in defence of his WBO Intercontinental lightweight title, writes LEN WHALEY. No opponent has been announced for the 25-year-old, who will re
UNBEATEN Kevin Mitchell has been called up to headline the Frank Warren promotion at Wembley Arena on February 13, in defence of his WBO Intercontinental lightweight title, writes LEN WHALEY.
No opponent has been announced for the 25-year-old, who will return to action just two months after winning a decision over Breidis Prescott in Newcastle. Scotland's Willie Limond initially accepted the fight with Mitchell, but withdrew last week.
The show brings big-time boxing back to the Wembley Arena, which for many years hosted Britain's top fights, with the main attraction that could set Mitchell up for a WBO world title shot in May, 2010.
His next move will be dictated by whether current WBO champion Juan Manuel Marquez decides to vacate his title, as is widely expected.
If he does, former West Ham amateur star Mitchell is likely to be named to meet interim champion, big-punching Australian Michael Katsidis, billed as 'The Thunder from Down Under'.
Promoter Warren has high hopes that he could stage that fight in England. Katsidis came here two years ago, stopping Luton's Graham Earl in five rounds in an explosive fight at Wembley.
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Mitchell is currently WBO number one at 135 pounds, following his career-best performance - clearly defeating Prescott, who shot to fame after knocking out Amir Khan inside a round.
Mitchell is awaiting confirmation of his title rival and will be joined on the Wembley Arena card by Sam Sexton's British heavyweight title challenge against Danny Williams, who has confirmed that win or lose against the Norwich fighter he will quit boxing after the fight.
It will be a family affair for the Mitchell clan at Wembley with his younger brother, unbeaten super featherweight Vinny, named for action in a supporting contest.
The Mitchell brothers are currently trained by father and son duo Jimmy and Mark Tibbs, who also have another member of their local stable, middlweight Billy Joe Saunders on the Wembley bill.
He is named alongside his 2008 Olympic team-mates James DeGale and Frankie Gavin, who will feature on a Wembley bill that also includes Derek Chisora, Ryan Walsh and his brothers Liam and Michael, with the professional debut of George Michael Carmen.
Also confirmed for the show is a world title eliminator for Sheffield star Kell Brook.