Victory over Murray could lead to a World title chance for Mitchell

PUBLISHED: 10:55 14 July 2011

Kevin Mitchell (left) and opponent John Murray finally get down to action in Liverpool on Saturday night

Kevin Mitchell (left) and opponent John Murray finally get down to action in Liverpool on Saturday night

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The promise of a world title chance for Kevin Mitchell adds extra appeal to Frank Warren’s super show at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night.

The unique night of boxing already had a large local interest with Nicky Cook’s clash against WBO super-featherweight champion Ricky Burns heading an outstanding bill.

It’s boosted by the addition of Mitchell’s meeting with John Murray and the prize dangled by the promoter of a clash against WBA lightweight king Brandon Rios for the winner.

Former West Ham amateur star Mitchell has been out of action for 14 months since his only pro defeat, when he was stopped last year by Michael Katsidis in his interim world title challenge.

However, last weekend a lean looking Mitchell announced he was ready for a clash that could decide his fighting future – as defeat could finish his career.

“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.”

Unbeaten Murray said he’d jump at the chance to meet the WBA king but Mitchell insisted: “He can talk up a fight between himself and Rios all he likes, but he’s got to get past me first.

“I’m going to knock him out on Saturday, so he can kiss goodbye to his dream of becoming a world champion.

“Rios looks like an all-action fighter, so a fight between me and him would be an absolute classic.

“He’s a genuine world champion, and I’ll set my sights on him after I beat Murray.”

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