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Mitchell: I can rule world

PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 February 2015

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)

LAWRENCE LUSTIG

Dagenham lightweight ready for global crown

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

Dagenham’s Kevin Mitchell has been knocking on the world title door for years - but that door opened wide after his eighth-round win over tough Mexican Daniel Estrada at the 02 Arena on Saturday.

Mitchell, 30, has been beaten in two previous world title showdowns, by Michael Katsidis and Ricky Burns, but feels ready to conquer.

“I’m unstoppable, I can take the world title this summer,” said Mitchell after winning the WBC silver belt, but more importantly the final eliminator for a crack at WBO champion Jorge Linares.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn vowed to get Mitchell his chance this year, adding: “He’s the No 1 challenger to Linares and we want that shot.

“There’s not many lightweights in the world that can compete with him. I’d be devastated if we didn’t see him lift the world title.”

Mitchell’s current trainer Tony Sims agreed that the fighter has settled down inside and outside the ring.

“Kevin’s had problems throughout his career, with ups and downs in his life ,” the east London trainer said.

“But he’s back in love with the sport and definitely world title material.

“I’ve told him all along that all he’s got to do is get in shape and work hard in the gym. He proved it against Estrada.”


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