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Kevin Mitchell Happy To Shake off The Rust, Has Big Goals

Kevin Mitchell marked his comeback after just under 10 months of inactivity with a shut-out points win over Sebastien Benito at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

Londoner Mitchell, sporting the badge of his beloved West Ham on his shorts, was taken the full eight rounds by a Frenchman who had previously only had nine fights.

Benito's modest record suggested it would be a short and sweet comeback for the 28-year-old from Dagenham.

However his first outing since failing to take the WBO lightweight title from Ricky Burns last year was far from straightforward, even if he did get the decision by a landslide.

"I loved it in there," he told Sky Sports. "I was in there relaxing, having fun.

"Beforehand I was a bit nervous, everyone wanted to see me put on a real performance.

"I put in a performance where I showed what I've got, yet I also got eight rounds under my belt. I just want to be active."

From the opening bell it was clear Mitchell was a cut above his opponent and in the second worked superbly behind an arrowing jab that couldn't miss.

Yet Benito, who had been stopped just the once before as a professional, was game throughout the bout. He tried to throw back at every opportunity, albeit with limited success.

He appeared to be hurt in the sixth by a chopping left hook to the body but still managed to make it through to the final bell, meaning Mitchell had to settle for an 80-71 verdict on the scorecard.

Promoter Eddie Hearn, who has only recently teamed up with the former British and Commonwealth super-featherweight champion, admitted afterwards he planned to get his new charge out again as soon as possible.

"Eight rounds was crucial tonight. He showed just how good he is at times in there," Hearn said.

"The plan as far as I'm concerned now is another 10-rounder at the start of the next season and then into a big domestic fight."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Kilrain on 07-07-2013

Best he can hope for is a few domestic paydays.

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