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Kevin Mitchell Targets Burns, Plans To KO Brandon Rios

Kevin Mitchell has promised to win a world title this year after a nightmare 2011.

The Dagenham Destroyer returns to action on Friday 10th February to defend his WBO Intercontinental Lightweight title at London's York Hall.

Unbeaten Irishman Stephen Ormond pulled out of the fight and promoter Frank Warren is looking at a new challenger for Mitchell.

The 28-year-old had well documented problems outside of the ring last year despite his sensational eighth round stoppage win over rival John Murray in July.

Mitchell said, "I was on a downward spiral and could have ended up in prison because of my drinking, but I've had a good kick up the backside and I realise that I want to become a world champion,"

"I lost it last year even though I had a great win over Murray, but I'm looking forward to returning to the York Hall with my home crowd behind me,"

"I'm not a playboy anymore and from now on I'm serious about winning the world title and making plenty of money to secure my future,"

Warren is aiming to get Kevin a world title shot that could see him in a Battle of Britain with Scottish WBO World Champion, possibly a return to West Ham United's ground where he lost to Michael Katsidis in 2010.

Also, Warren has spoken to American promoter Bob Arum about a possible fight with WBA title-holder Brandon Rios who beat Murray in December.

"The obvious fight would be Ricky Burns in the summer with West Ham's ground being an option," said Warren.

"My relationship with Kevin went off the rails towards the end of last year, but I'm delighted to say that we are back on track and we're both working towards the world title,"

"This is about Kevin going back to basics, his problems are behind him now and it's all about moving forward and achieving what I believe he can achieve."

"I'm really disappointed that Ormond pulled out of the fight for whatever reason, he was training for a fight in December that fell through and we lined him up with Kevin so he would have been ready."

Mitchell added, "I'd love Ricky Burns at West Ham which would be an absolute dream to return to the stadium again,"

"Although if Rios was offered to me I'd fancy doing a number on him, in fact I reckon I'd knock him out,"

"To me he's sluggish and one dimensional and if I got him in the ring it would be like a cat playing with a mouse."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by luke1979 on 01-06-2012

Kevin Mitchell is one of those guys that really annoys me. He represents a horrible and frustratingly disappointing mixture of pure talent and potential with self destructiveness, hedonism and lack of discipline. They don't mix. It's sad and all too…

Comment by Alpha & Omega on 01-05-2012

Sorry Kevin, but Rios will ice you, 100%. You're a good fighter but, once my man, wildman Bam Bam, gets digging into your head and gut, you will change your tune. Bam Bam is one vicious, crazy/mental son of a…

Comment by richardt on 01-05-2012

They all say that till Rios's head and body shots start landing with alarming frequency and power and start caving them in. Everyone has a plan till they are hit.

Comment by micky1971 on 01-05-2012

[QUOTE=voneric;11632410]Another Unknown UK Hypejob running his mouth. Starting to become a trend. And if Mitchell were to last the 12 rounds, he will claim he was Robbed or Jobbed or whatever those pansies say over there. Rios, hurry up and…

Comment by P4P_No1 on 01-05-2012

Mitchell is a pretty good boxer and I'd back him against most (not all) lightweights out there. But like everyone says; it depends which KM turns up. When he's on song he can give people problems.

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