Kevin Mitchell Faces Marco Lopez For IBF Regional Belt

Kevin Mitchell will face Marco Lopez for the IBF Inter-Continental Lightweight title at The O2 on October 5, live on Sky Sports – and hopes victory will catapult him to a World title clash with IBF king Miguel Vazquez.

Mitchell returned to action in July with a points win over Sebastian Benito at York Hall in July, his first fight since challenging Ricky Burns for the WBO title last September.

A win for the 28 year old would catapult him into the reckoning for a second crack at a World title next year, with Vazquez defending his title on September 28 against Ammeth Diaz, but Vazquez’s fellow Mexican Lopez (23-2) will have designs on the belt himself – and Mitchell says that will make it a barnstorming clash.

“It’s a great chance for me to get right on track for another World title shot,” said Mitchell. “Things are going great with Tony Sims and I’m ready for a test like this at The O2. I am determined to get back into the reckoning for the big prize next year and I’m sure Marco wants to do the same so it’s going to be a massive night.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn added: “Kevin is part of a fantastic domestic division but the ultimate goal has to be another crack at the World title. Victory against Lopez will set up a big fight later in the year and hopefully a shot at the IBF king Vazquez in 2014.”

Mitchell’s showdown with Lopez is part of a bumper bill in Greenwich as Olympic Gold medal star Anthony Joshua MBE makes his professional debut. Further action comes in the shape of unbeaten Welsh Featherweight star Lee Selby defending his British and Commonwealth Featherweight titles against Ryan Walsh, the clash of unbeaten Welterweight Prizefighter champions Larry Ekundayo and Glenn Foot, plus another Prizefighter champion Wadi Camacho taking on Tony Conquest in a Cruiserweight battle.

Tickets for Anthony Joshua’s debut ‘Carpe Diem’ are on sale now priced £40, £60 and £100 are available on 08448 24 48 24 and The O2’s ticketing agent – VIP packages priced £200 are exclusively available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 or at

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Andre Wardttke on 09-13-2013

[QUOTE=Mick Higgs;13735681]Kevin Mitchell has always been a major player in UK boxing. However he's also been massively mis-managed. By this time he should own a Lonsdale belt out-right to hang in his pie & mash shop, but due to managerial…

Comment by TGD on 09-13-2013

Mitchell has no one to blame but himself. He has had his opportunities, and when he should have been training he was falling out of pubs and up to no good. When he did get his act together, he went…

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 09-13-2013

[QUOTE=Mick Higgs;13735681]Kevin Mitchell has always been a major player in UK boxing. However he's also been massively mis-managed. By this time he should own a Lonsdale belt out-right to hang in his pie & mash shop, but due to managerial…

Comment by JayCho on 09-13-2013

Im big Kevin Mitchell fan and also despise frank warren, however Kevs lack of career progression has been his own fault! he didnt train for katsidis, then beat murray and got pulled over by police for having a knife in…

Comment by wja1966 on 09-13-2013

Total rubbish its his own fault he's not done anything. How can you blame the way he trained for Katsidis on management when he said he never turned up at the gym?

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