Tasty 10 for Vinnie

Vinny Mitchell made it 10 straight pro victories on Frank Warren s charity show at the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square on Friday. The West Hammer outpointed Sheffield s 112-fight campaigner Daniel Thorp on the sell-out show, which raised money for the

Vinny Mitchell made it 10 straight pro victories on Frank Warren's charity show at the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square on Friday.

The West Hammer outpointed Sheffield's 112-fight campaigner Daniel Thorp on the sell-out show, which raised money for the DebRA charity.

Watched by his brother, British super-featherwieght champion Kevin Mitchell, Vinny's solid shots clinched a points victory.

It was the super-featherweight's first appearance since the brothers moved to father and son training duo Jimmy and Mark Tibbs, and he left no doubt about his superiority over Thorp.


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The 22-year-old Mitchell shook the Sheffield fighter with solid hooks, but the experience gained by Thorpe in his clashes against many top names in British boxing helped him to survive the six rounds.

Vinny is now set for an appearance on the undercard at promoter Warren's October 9, York Hall show, which is topped by the Nathan Cleverly versus Courtney Fry, British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight title clash.

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However, it was not a winning night for another local hope in action on the Friday show, as featherweight Mick Coveney lost a decision against Manchester rival Steven Bell.

Coveney, making his return to action after a break from boxing, tried hard to unsettle his much taller rival.

However, Bell, beaten just once in his 21 pro appearances, scored with accurate attacks to clinch the verdict at the end of a keenly fought six-round clash.

* Knowledgeable boxing pundit Steve Bunce built up quite a fan following with his weekly programme on Setanta TV, but since the demise of the channel, he has been missed by his fans.

However, he has decided to hit the road with a countrywide tour which on Tuesday, September 29, comes to the FYMFYG Bar at 231 Cambridge Heath Road in Bethnal Green.

"It's a night for the real boxing enthusiasts," said Bunce, who battled on behalf of the West Ham Boys amateur club's campaign to keep their Black Lion gym this year.

Entrance is �15 on the door or just �10 for amateur boxing club members.

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