Mitchell gets angry as Carl backs out
PUBLISHED: 15:34 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 13:52 02 July 2010
KEVIN MITCHELL is an angry young man - and could make his new rival, Ghanaian Thomas Aryeetey, pay when they meet in a Commonwealth title clash on the Sports Network show at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Saturday night. Mitchell is unhappy that scheduled r
KEVIN MITCHELL is an angry young man - and could make his new rival, Ghanaian Thomas Aryeetey, pay when they meet in a Commonwealth title clash on the Sports Network show at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Saturday night.
Mitchell is unhappy that scheduled rival British super-featherweight champion Carl Johanneson pulled out of their fight last week, claiming he had suffered a back injury in training for their showdown.
Although Johanneson's camp insist the injury is genuine, the Dagenham fighter questioned the excuse. "I don't think Carl pulled out through injury," said the 23-year-old Commonwealth champion, who has chalked up 24 straight pro victories.
"I don't think he fancied the fight all along and if he carries on doing what he's doing and pulling out, they're going to have to strip him of his title.
"Don't get me wrong, Carl's one of the brilliant domestic fighters, but I'm a little different to what he has been up against.
"I was absolutely devastated when I heard he was pulling out.
"I trained long and hard for the fight and sacrificed my Christmas.
"But there's no point moping about. I know I now have to refocus on Aryeetey because at this stage of my career, I can't afford any slip-ups."
"I've already fought another Ghanaian, George Ashie, and he gave me a tough night, so there will be no cutting corners.
"Hopefully I will fight Johanneson later this year and add the British title to my Commonwealth crown.
"It's always been my dream to win British, Commonwealth, European and world titles."
Challenger Aryeetey demands respect as the West African and Ghanaian super-featherweight champion has just one setback in a dozen-fight record.
Aryeetey is on the list of mandatory challengers drawn up by Commonwealth boxing officials, and went 12 rounds in August when he won his two titles in Accra, Ghana.
The promising Sports Network undercard at York Hall which includes a fight between Takaloo and Anthony Small for the vacant Southern Area light-middleweight championship, remains unc-hanged.
Also booked for action on the show is Mitchell's brother Vinny Mitchell, who looks to add another win to his record when he faces Crawley's Robin Deakin in a super-featherweight clash.
Another unbeaten prospect in action is classy welter Grant Skehill, is named on the undercard against a selected rival.
Heavyweight hope Derek Chisora is billed for action on the Sports Network undercard against Paul Butlin.
Billy Saunders and Eddie Corcoran await news of the opponents they will face on Saturday's supporting card.