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Mitchell Talks New Murray Date, Klitschko vs Haye, More

Kevin Mitchell insists postponing his WBO Intercontinental lightweight title fight with John Murray by a week was the only decision as he promised to be in peak condition and bounce back from his loss to Michael Katsidis in May.

The pair were due to square off in London this weekend, but the fight has now been moved back a week and will take place in Liverpool - on the same bill as Ricky Burns' WBO world super-featherweight title fight against Nicky Cook - on July 16.

That is because Mitchell suffered a virus which disrupted his training.

In exchange for a week's grace, he agreed to move the fight to Murray's home patch in the north west.

"I can't wait," Mitchell said. "We had to postpone it because I don't want any excuses this time. I want to get in there and show the fans what I'm capable of.

"I'm quite pleased it's in Liverpool. I like it up there and know a lot of people. Putting it back a week has helped me massively."

Mitchell won his first two fights at lightweight after moving up from super featherweight, but lost in a technical lockout to Katsidis in May.

But the Londoner shrugged off a defeat that came at the home of his beloved West Ham, insisting it would make him stronger.

"When you get beat, it's not a big thing," he said.

"All the best fighters in the world, all my idols, they all got beat and they came back better from it. You can't stay unbeaten forever.

"Sugar Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali, Tyson, they were all beaten and came back.

"For me, this fight is to prove to everyone the loss was a massive learning curve and I'm going to come back properly. You watch."

The Katsidis defeat ended a 31-fight winning streak - the longest in boxing - and it is the unbeaten Murray who has now inherited that mantle with his own 31-win run.

The 26-year-old admitted disappointment that the fight had been moved but promised to make the most of home advantage.

"I'm a little bit gutted it was called off because I was all revved up for the ninth and looking forward to it," he said.

"It's disappointing, but it's worked in my favour with it being Liverpool. A lot more people can come to the fight from my side and I can stay in my own bed the night before so there's a lot of plusses.

"It's only one more week so I've just got to try and hold at my peak and not overcook it."

Murray predicted he would win with a knockout - he has 18 in his 31 wins - but said it would be a close fight that would reward boxing fans still disappointed by David Haye's defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg on Saturday night.

"It was great that boxing had so much of the spotlight and coverage but a shame the fight didn't live up to the hype," he said of the heavyweight clash.

"I don't feel any added pressure to put on a good performance because every fight of my career I've put on a good performance.

"We're both world class operatives at this level and I'm sure we'll turn up at our very, very best and make the fans the real winners."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by thelonsdalekid on 07-05-2011

[QUOTE=Medved;10792996]ah yes the prestigious WBO Intercontinental lightweight title[/QUOTE] Not every fight can be for a World Title you moron. It's a quality domestic dust-up that should be a cracker. People like you make me laugh. You try to pick holes…

Comment by Medved on 07-05-2011

ah yes the prestigious WBO Intercontinental lightweight title

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