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Mighty Mitchell produces best yet

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 February 2015

Kevin Mitchell beat Daniel Estrada at the O2 Arena (pic: Lawrence Lustig)

Kevin Mitchell beat Daniel Estrada at the O2 Arena (pic: Lawrence Lustig)

LAWRENCE LUSTIG

Dagenham fighter stops Mexican to set up world title bid

After a ring campaign going back 20 years, Kevin Mitchell had to wait until he was past his 30th birthday to put in the best performance of his fighting life.

Mitchell halted Mexican Daniel Estrada in eight rounds at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday – quicker than world champion Omar Figueroa had managed in his title fight with Estrada last August - first defeat in four years.

The win makes Mitchell a mandatory challenger for WBO world title-holder Jorge Linares, the Venezualan based in Tokyo, and it is a fight Mitchell is confident he can win.

“With my trainer Tony Sims and promoter Eddie Hearn behind me I have the right team. I will win that title,” said Mitchell, who was 30 in October.

Many rated Mitchell’s display against Estrada ‘punch perfect,’ as he dismantled a durable world-rated rival in superb style.

Accurate jabs, follow-up hooks and uppercuts all found their way through Estrada’s defences as he gamely continued to march forward.

Estrada merely walked into trouble as Mitchell’s lethal left hook dumped him on the floor in the third round.

The Mexican climbed up after a long count, but was shaken again before the end of the round as more damaging shots found the target.

The Dagenham fighter’s fans roared their appreciation as he continued to launch the effective attacks leaving the Mexican battered and bruised before the eighth - and last round.

Mitchell finished things with a a six-punch combination followed by another powerful uppercut that convinced referee Ian John-Lewis to call a halt.

The intervention ended an outstanding display and Estrada was certainly not complaining as Mitchell celebrated his latest and greatest victory.

n Chadwell Heath light-middleweight Ben Hall was held to a draw by the more experienced Ryan Toms (Northolt).

Hall had won his five previous pro fights and made the early running, but faded as the former Southern Area titleholder hit back in the six-rounder.

n Former Dagenham amateurs, brothers Paul and Sonny Upton, look to continue their progress in the paid ranks when they appear on promoter Mick Helliet’s bill at the Park Lane Hotel tomorrow (Thursday).

Unbeaten light-middleweight Paul Upton faces Aaron Robinson from Lincoln, while middleweight Sonny takes on Cardiff’s Gareth Piper.

n Explosive Barking light-middleweight Aaron Morgan chases his sixth straight inside-the-distance pro win at the Camden Centre on Saturday.

Morgan faces Czech rival Jan Balog on a Mick Helliet bill that also features two other unbeaten fighters in heavyweight Dillian Whyte and super-middleweight Darryll Williams.


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