On The Beak – Admin
Scotland’s Ricky Burns and England’s Kevin Mitchell will clash in a blockbuster showdown that ignites the Auld rivalry once again. Burns put his WBO lightweight world title on the line against his long-time rival Mitchell on Saturday, September 22 in Glasgow. Coatbridge star Burns, Scotland’s first two weight world champion in nearly 20 years, last boxed in March when he beat Paulus Moses with a commanding performance to retain his title.
Burns stepped up to lightweight last November when he beat Australian warrior Michael Katsidis – the only man to have beaten Kevin Mitchell – and put his name up with the best in the division. And now, the 29-year-old is looking forward to a classic battle with his English counterpart: “The fight’s been on the boil for the last couple of years and the fans and press have been desperate for it to happen, it’s fantastic that it’s on at last,” said Burns.
“We are both at the top of our game now and I’m in this sport to prove that I’m the best, next to me Mitchell’s the best around and it will be great fight between two warriors. He put on a great showing against John Murray last year that showed just how good a boxer he is to take apart another champion but this fight is the fight I’ve wanted and it’s got me really excited. Mitchell’s going to bring out the best in me and I believe that the fans are going to be in for an unbelievable fight.”
Londoner Mitchell’s fight against John Murray last July, in which he stopped Murray in the eighth round of a thrilling contest, was widely regarded to be one of the year’s finest. Earlier this year, in February, he beat the tough Dominican Republican Felix Lora over ten rounds and has been shouting for a confrontation with his Scottish adversary.
Mitchell said: “I’m promising you now you’re going to see the best fight of the year or any year. This is a real fight between the two best in the division and it’s not going to be for the faint-hearted. I rate Burns very highly, he’s a great fighter and has really proved himself as one of the top champions in the world.
“I’m going into the lions den and I know I can beat him and take the world title. Burns is a top kid and I’ve got to be at top of my game, the fittest and strongest I’ve ever been in my life to win.”
“This is the big one,” Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren added. “It’s the fight the fans have been waiting for and I’m delighted to say that it’s now finally on. There is plenty of pride on the line with both men and neither will want to lose. What a fight to start the autumn schedule with live on BoxNation and we’re also announcing details shortly of WBO light heavyweight champ Nathan Cleverly’s next title defence.”