Friday 4 May 2012

Burns Vs Mitchell may be a done deal!

Ricky Burns                                            Kevin Mitchell
According to promoter Frank Warren, there will be a big announcement on Tuesday (May 8th) about a big fight coming up in Britain. Many people think that this announcement will be a July showdown between WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns and Kevin Mitchell that will take place at Upton Park.

I really hope this is true as it is one of the main domestic fights that everybody wants to see. The fighters have been talking about it for a long time but until now there hasn't been much chance of it happening. Negotiations apparently fell through as Mitchell was demanding too much money, but this seems to have changed.

Burns (34-2, 9 KO's) was originally meant to fight on July 1st but that has been called off. The Scotsman has really proved himself over the last few years. He has been in there with some of the best and came out on top. It all started when he upset the odds to beat Roman Martinez to win the WBO super-featherweight title in 2010. This fight was followed with a few easy defences against the likes of Nicky Cook but he then moved up to 135lb.

'Rickster' has already reached more success as a lightweight. In November of last year he won the WBO interim title against Michael Katsidis and then defended it this year against very durable Paulus Moses.

Mitchell (33-1,24 KO's) seems untouchable in the domestic fights but he is yet to prove himself at world level. He was stopped in just three rounds against Katsidis in 2010. After this fight he went few a problems outside of the ring but I won't go into that too much. However, recently he has turned his life around and got himself back on track for another world title shot.

If this fight does happen it will no doubt be the biggest domestic fight to happen this year and Upton Park will be a fantastic venue for it. The bout has not been confirmed yet but after such massive demand, the fighters and their promoters can't surely say no.

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