Mitchell: I’ll do it for Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:22 29 May 2015

Kevin Mitchell speaks at a press conference (pic: Lawrence Lustig)

Kevin Mitchell speaks at a press conference (pic: Lawrence Lustig)


World title hopeful in victory claim

Kevin Mitchell faces the most important night of his fighting life when he challenges Venezuelan Jorge Linares for the WBC lightweight title at the O2 Arena on Saturday.

And the popular 30-year-old has vowed: “I will bring the title to Dagenham.”

Mitchell will be roared on by a large fan following at the 18,000-seater Arena and predicts it will be great to have home advantage.

He recognises the size of his task, facing a battle-hardened three-weight world champion who has fought some of the toughest opposition around the globe.

But he added: “I know Linares has fought all over the world, but he will be shocked by the support I get from a London crowd.

“It will be massive on the night.”

Mitchell makes no secret of his West Ham allegiance, wearing the crossed Hammers on his shorts, and even has the symbol embossed on his specially made gumshield.

And he plans to celebrate in the ring with the West Ham cross-arm victory salute, predicting: “I am certain I will knock Linares out.

“My fans have been marvellous to me with their support over the years. Now I will give them what they have not seen in the past, me winning the world title.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn has arranged the triple world title bill at the 02 and added: “Kevin really has an opportunity to go out and blow the whole lightweight division apart by beating Linares and the support he will receive at the O2 will be fantastic.

“For someone like Jorge Linares to come here, and for Kevin Mitchell to get another opportunity is big. I believe that finally he will realise his dream of becoming the WBC lightweight champion of the world.”

The challenger is quick to praise Hearn’s efforts, alongside the strict planning of his east London trainer Tony Sims, adding: “I’ve got the right team behind me.

“Eddie has worked hard and pulled up the money to get Linares to come to London.

“Tony has organised a hard training regime at our Brentwood gym and on our trip to Texas.

“The build-up has gone well, now I’m all set to deliver on the night. “The world title win will make my boxing career and secure the future of my sons. I will not fail.”

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