Boxing: Nicky Cook tells Dagenham rival Kevin Mitchell: "Lets get it on — now"
PUBLISHED: 16:49 10 March 2011
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Cook keen for Mitchell fight
Former world titleholder Nicky Cook is keen to get back in the ring and has been stepping up the pressure for a clash with home town rival Kevin Mitchell insisting: “Cook v Mitchell, let’s get the ball rolling.”
The Dagenham pair have been close for many years and were earlier stablemates in the squad trained by Cook’s father Paul, before Mitchell switched to father and son duo Jimmy and Mark Tibbs at Canning Town’s TKO Gym.
However, both boxers are keen to get back to winning form after being out of action since losing their respective world title fights.
Cook was stopped by Puerto Rican Ramon Martinez inside four rounds in the WBO super-featherweight title clash at Manchester’s MEN Arena two years ago.
Mitchell has not boxed since powerful Australian Michael Katsidis defeated him in three rounds when they fought for the interim WBO lightweight title at West Ham’s Upton Park ground last May.
That was the first pro defeat suffered by the 26-year-old Mitchell who has since undergone an operation to cure eye trouble.
Mitchell is aiming for a fight against Manchester’s unbeaten European titleholder John Murray, to bounce back into the big-time spotlight.
However, he has so far failed to agree purse terms with his long-time promoter Frank Warren, who has recently signed a contract with Murray.
In the past, Mitchell has insisted that he would not fight Cook, saying: “We are like brothers,” but the 31-year-old former world titleholder is currently pushing for the pair to meet in the showdown duel that will certainly prove a top attraction at any London venue.
Cook suggests: “How about the former British, Commonwealth, European and world champ v Mitchell, with the winner then fighting Murray?”
He adds: “And yes, I will step up yet another weight to make this fight happen.”
The winner of their clash could go on to challenge Murray, who fights at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Saturday, April 2, when he is due to defend his crown against Spain’s Karim El Ouazghari in the feature fight on a Frank Warren promotion .
The York Hall bill will also feature TKO Gym-based super middleweight Billy Joe Saunders, currently unbeaten in seven pro contests, and unbeaten featherweight Ryan Walsh.
Unbeaten lightweight Billy Morgan, a former West Ham amateur also showing promise in his early fights under the Tibbs duo, is also booked for action on the undercard at the April 2 York Hall show, which will also include other local prospects currently campaigning under the Warren banner.