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Mitchell ‘could achieve dream’

PUBLISHED: 16:30 04 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

Our boxing correspondent looks at fighter’s world title hopes

Kevin Mitchell hits out against Daniel Estrada at the O2 Arena (pic: Lawrence Lustig)Kevin Mitchell hits out against Daniel Estrada at the O2 Arena (pic: Lawrence Lustig)

Since the day he first pulled on a pair of boxing gloves Kevin Mitchell has had a dream of becoming a world champion, he could finally achieve that target in 2015.

For those of us who have been around the boxing business for more than a few years it’s good to see that pot of gold within his reach at the age of 30.

He has served his time: a long amateur career followed by a 12-year paid campaign, coming through some tough tests inside and outside the ring.

A total of 41 pro fights with just two losses is no mean record, but those two defeats both came in fights with ‘world title’ labels.

Kevin Mitchell celebrates his win over Daniel Estrada (pic: Lawrence Lustig)Kevin Mitchell celebrates his win over Daniel Estrada (pic: Lawrence Lustig)

Mitchell was beaten by Aussie Michael Katsidis at Upton Park in 2010 and Scot Ricky Burns two years later, but has picked himself up and praises the efforts of trainer Tony Sims and promoter Eddie Hearn.

“With my team behind me I am unstoppable,” he insists.

After his win over Mexican Daniel Estrada he becomes the mandatory challenger to WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares.

Ringside critics described that victory at the 02 Arena as ‘punch perfect’ while long-time Mitchell fans acclaimed his success.

John Ryder, Tony Sims, Kevin Mitchell and Ohara Davies face the camera ahead of the big January 31 show at the O2 ArenaJohn Ryder, Tony Sims, Kevin Mitchell and Ohara Davies face the camera ahead of the big January 31 show at the O2 Arena

His old amateur club boss Danny O’Sullivan, who has watched him since his early schoolboy days, said: “Kevin was superb against Estrada. I can’t remember him ever giving a better performance.”

‘Dagger Dan’ will join thousands of followers cheering their hero when that world chance arrives and we will all be hoping for another night of Mitchell magic.


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