Kevin Mitchell Eyes Showdown With Derry Mathews

Kevin Mitchell says he wants to challenge Derry Mathews for the Commonwealth title as he prepares for action at The O2 on Saturday night (October 5), live on Sky Sports.

Mitchell faces Marco Lopez for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental title on the bumper bill in Greenwich, and the former World title challenger hopes that victory will lead to a clash with the Liverpool man later in the year.

“A little dust up with somebody like Derry Mathews would show where I am at,” said Mitchell. “Ricky Burns is out of the picture at the minute and probably will be for a little while but give me Derry before Christmas and that will put me in good stead for a World title fight in the New Year. I am very confident. I am training very hard so I am up for anything.

“I have had 12 months out so I am not fighting world number ones like I have in the past with Breidis Prescott; I am basically being put in warm up fights. This Mexican kid will test me and push a few boundaries but I should be dealing with these kids if I am world class. After that I should be looking at the likes of Derry or somebody like that, getting in with him and going on from there to prove my class.

“I saw clips of Mathews vs. Curtis Woodhouse. Derry has always been the same, he has always been a good fighter and in good nick. He has got himself in to a good place and he is training well, training hard and he is doing well for himself. But he doesn’t bother me, no fighter bothers me. Once I am in the shape I am in now, what can bother you?

“I want a domestic showdown with Derry before Christmas. I want it, I think it is what Eddie wants and I think it is what Derry wants. Prove will be in the pudding that night, we will see who has the minerals and who doesn’t. Eddie has said if I produce there I will get a shot. Derry has been producing the goods, I will prove tonight that I am still producing the goods and I will go on and win a World title.

“You have Anthony Crolla, he is a good little fighter too. I won’t forget two or three years ago when I had just beaten John Murray I was at a show and I was sitting with Gavin Rees. It was before the domestic fights started happening and the talk was all about me, Burns and Murray and I said to Gavin that it is a lot stronger at domestic level even though they were talking about World titles for us all.

“I was fighting once a year and you can’t be fighting like that whereas all the British fighters were fighting regularly in big domestic dust ups against each other. I said to Gavin that the domestic scene would be hot soon and it is now, it is flying.”

Mitchell’s meeting with Lopez is part of a star-studded line-up with Anthony Joshua MBE making his professional debut and Scott Quigg taking on Yoandris Salinas for the WBA Super Bantamweight title.

Welsh featherweight star Lee Selby defends his British and Commonwealth titles against Ryan Walsh, Joshua’s fellow Gold medal teammate Campbell fights for the second time in the pros, Prizefighter champion Wadi Camacho faces Tony Conquest in a British Cruiserweight title eliminator and Danny Connor defends his Southern Area Light Welterweight title against Tony Owen.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JayCho on 10-01-2013

This would be a great domestic scrap which should hopefully end in a victorious Kev! Matthews is on a good run at the moment but he has only faced gavin rees last year as the only top British lightweight. I…

Comment by PittyPat on 10-01-2013

I wish Kevvers all the best and hope he gets at least one more crack at a world title. Granted, I wasn't backing him against Kats all those years ago, but in any other fight he's got my full support…

Comment by Mick Higgs on 10-01-2013

If Mitchell want's something special to hang on the wall of his pie & mash shop then it needs to be a Lonsdale belt!

Comment by taansend on 10-01-2013

Hopefully Mitchell can stay busy. We've heard this all before from him but he'll be 29 soon but has only fought four times since the Katsidis blow out. Some tasty battles on the UK domestic scene though. The winner of…

Comment by Chrismart on 10-01-2013

Be a good domestic fight that. Matthews is always in exciting fights and Mitchell is always game for a scrap..which will probably be what this one would turn into. I'd like to see this one.

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