Britsch Ready; Mitchell Warns Gallagher; Bellew Update
**Undefeated middleweight sensation Britsch ready to shine***
Unbeaten German sensation Dominik Britsch (23-0, 8 KOs) has set his sights on his first major belt when he takes on Ryan Davis (23-8-3, 9 KOs) for the vacant IBF Intercontinental Middleweight Title in Munich on July 16. The gifted 23-year-old, who has twice fought on Super Six World Boxing Classic undercards in the US, has been primed for glory ever since winning the IBF Youth Middleweight Title two years ago against Daniel Urbanski. While many believe the versatile, charismatic and articulate youngster could be the next German boxing superstar, Britsch is keeping his feet firmly to the ground. “I am thrilled to finally fight for my first big international title,” Britsch said. “That is exactly what I have been working and waiting for. I will take one step at a time and not look past Davis, who is a tough guy. But he will not stop me on my way to the top.”
In the main event of the night, WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck will make a seventh defence of his title against Hugo Hernan Garay, while European Light Heavyweight Champion Eduard Gutknecht will take on Lorenzo Di Giacomo. It will be a busy night for coach Wegner, who believes Britsch has a golden future ahead. “Dominik has the potential, the talent and the determination to be the next big thing in Germany,” Wegner lauded. “He works hard in practice and listens to my advice. We have carefully moved him to the top. Now is the time for big fights. He is a diamond and I am sure he will put on a great performance against Davis.”
MITCHELL WARNS GALLAGHER THAT MURRAY WILL BE THE NEXT TO LOSE
Kevin Mitchell has warned John Murray and Joe Gallagher that he will inflict a second defeat on their gym next weekend.
Mitchell takes on Murray for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental lightweight title on July 9 at London's ExCeL Arena, live on Sky Sports 1HD.
The Mancunian comes into the fight off the back of trainer Joe Gallagher's 49-fight winning streak finally coming to an end.
Matt Macklin couldn't deliver victory number 50 for Gallagher in Germany at the weekend when he took on Felix Sturm.
And Mitchell has promised to heap more misery on Gallagher and Murray.
"Congratulations to Joe Gallagher for staying unbeaten for so long, and to John Murray for his unbeaten record too," said Mitchell.
"But they better get ready for another painful defeat next week at the ExCeL.
"They are coming down to London, and defeats for them will be just like London buses.
"You wait ages for one to come along, and then there is another one right around the corner.
"Has that defeat for Macklin sown a few doubts in the mind of Murray?
"Well it should do because I'm going to stop Murray and burst his bubble once and for all.
"I tasted defeat for the first time in my last fight, and it was a bitter pill to swallow.
"Now it's Murray's turn to find out what it feels like to get stopped."
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BELLEW OUT TO CREATE OWN LEGACY
Tony Bellew says that he will never be better than John Conteh, but he aims to carve out his own niche at light-heavyweight.
The unbeaten Bomber has invetibiley been likened to British boxing great and former WBC World Champion Conteh since turning pro.
The pair share a weight division and, in Liverpool, a home city.
Conteh has even accompanied Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Bellew to the ring before.
But the 28-year-old insists that he will be his own man.
Next up, Bellew meets Ovill McKenzie on July 16 at the Liverpool Echo Arena in a return of their thriller last December, with the vacant British title also on the line, live on Sky Sports 1HD.
"It's fantastic to be compared to Conteh because he is a true legend," said Bellew,"
"He's given me some great advice as I've been growing up, and to have him on my ring walk was a true honour,"
"He was a hero of mine when I was growing up and I still look up to him now,"
"He's a great man and a legend in the sport, but I can't be compared to him until I have achieved some major titles in boxing,"
"Perhaps when I've lifted a world title and made several defences, then I'll be more comfortable with the comparisons and even then I don't think I'll ever be better than him,"
"This fight against McKenzie is the perfect platform for me to start challenging at world level,"
"I made some silly mistakes in our first fight, but it was very exciting,"
"I want to maintain that level of excitement but without getting in trouble myself,"
"This fight will be like the first because McKenzie will be going on the floor, but I don't plan on my chin getting tested as much this time."
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