Warren wants Kev’s title clash for 02 super-show
PUBLISHED: 15:53 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:08 02 July 2010
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Promoter Frank Warren is pressing for top ticket seller Kevin Mitchell to fight Carl Johanneson for the British super-featherweight title on March 8 at the O2 Arena. Sports Network boss Warren sees Mitchell-Johanneson as an ideal supporting bout to Enzo M
Promoter Frank Warren is pressing for top ticket seller Kevin Mitchell to fight Carl Johanneson for the British super-featherweight title on March 8 at the O2 Arena.
Sports Network boss Warren sees Mitchell-Johanneson as an ideal supporting bout to Enzo Maccarinelli's cruiserweight unification fight against David Haye on a show planned as London's biggest boxing night of the year.
British champion Johanneson withdrew from their scheduled meeting on Saturday night at York Hall claiming to have a bad back and Mitchell scored a third round stoppage over Venezuelan substitute Edison Torres.
It was the 25th straight victory for Dagenham's Commonwealth champion, who attracted one of the biggest crowds for years at the traditional east London fight arena.
Warren insisted: "I want to make the Johanneson fight for March 8, and if he can't do it, then he should vacate and Kevin should fight for the British title against someone else.
"It's not fair on Kevin. He wants the fight and is ready for it, and Johanneson should make up his mind what he wants to do."
Mitchell rewarded his army of fans with a one-sided stoppage win over the experienced Spain-based Venezuelan who came in on just 48 hours' notice after Johanneson's first replacement, Thomas Aryeetey, failed a blood test.
He hammered the 39-year-old to head and body in the first two rounds and Torres had to use his years of pro experience to survive the fierce onslaught.
However, as the Commonwealth champion poured on the punches in the third round, referee Ian John Lewis stepped in and Torres collapsed to the floor where he needed oxygen before he was able to leave the ring.
After the fight, the 23-year-old said: "I want to win British, European and World titles before the year is out. I want those career-defining fights against the likes of Johanneson, and hopefully that will happen next.
"It's been a hard few weeks, made all the harder by the fact he pulled out. I've got a young family and I had to make sacrifices over Christmas.
"It was important to keep focused though and get the job done against Torres.