Katsidis vs. Mitchell Lands in Upton Park on May 15

Kevin Mitchell today described his chance to fight for a world title at Upton Park as a dream come true - and says it will only be bettered by lifting the WBO lightweight crown against Michael Katsidis.

 Mitchell, a life-long West Ham fan, will fight the power-punching Australian on May 15 as promoter Frank Warren kicks off the new decade in style.

 It's his biggest show since more than 50,000 packed the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, for Joe Calzaghe's super-middleweight unification fight against Mikkel Kessler in 2007.

 And he says that it will match some of the massive events of the 1990s featuring the likes of Naseem Hamed, Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Frank Bruno.

 For Mitchell, it will be an opportunity to perform at the stadium where many of his heroes plied their trade, including World Cup winners Bobby Moore and Sir Geoff Hurst.

 "I grew up watching West Ham play and if I hadn't been a boxer I would have been a footballer," said unbeaten Mitchell.

 "I think one of my proudest moments was being introduced to the fans down here before a game the other week and getting an amazing reception.

 "But now I'm going to be fighting here and I still can't quite believe it.

 "The fans in the east end are very special people, and to get the opportunity to fight in front of them is a dream come true.

 "Boxing and football are a way of life around here, and I think you are going to see an amazing event on May 15 with everyone turning out to see it."

 Warren added: "There is a long history of boxing in the east end stretching back to the days of Ted Kid Lewis.

 "But Kevin has got the chance to do what none of the great east end fighters did, and that's fighting for a world title at Upton Park.

 "The response from all over London has been fantastic. We've waited a long time for a London fighter who can fill stadiums, and Kevin can be that man.

 "If he beats Katsidis then you are going to see more big fights at West Ham. I can promise you that May 15 is going to be an atmospheric and historic occasion."

 On the undercard, Sam Sexton will challenge Danny Williams for the British heavyweight title, while fellow prospect Derek Chisora features in a 10 rounder.

 2008 Olympic champion James DeGale challenges for his first title, the WBA Intercontinental super-middleweight belt, while Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders feature in eight rounders.

 Tickets for 'Hammer Time', priced at £30, £40, £50, £80, £150, £200 & £250 are available from

 West Ham Ticket Hotline: 0871 222 2700

 See Tickets Ticket Hotline: 0871 2200 260

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Marciano90s on 03-17-2010

[QUOTE=Gooch999;7816494]Ok guys looking forward to this one but how does this work i thought marquez was the wbo lightweight champion? will mitchell be recognised as a world champion should he win this?[/QUOTE] hes not...he gone welter to fight pbf rather…

Comment by The Hammer on 03-17-2010

[QUOTE=Earl-Hickey;7816570]Prediction for this fight Tunney?[/QUOTE] A close decision win for Mitchell.

Comment by The_Demon on 03-17-2010

really hyped for this fight

Comment by Tyrone Biggums on 03-17-2010

[QUOTE=The Chosen;7816734]West Ham fans, Millwall fans, Old Skool Chelsea fans. It'd be like a throw back to a mid 70s matchday![/QUOTE] Lets just hope there's less bottle throwing.

Comment by Andre Wardttke on 03-17-2010

[QUOTE=Earl-Hickey;7816620]I think you may be surprised, most of the west ham mob will come down and support him, and plus all the boxing fans in that area of london[/QUOTE] West Ham fans, Millwall fans, Old Skool Chelsea fans. It'd be…

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