16th April 2012

Kevin Mitchell
Frank
Warren
has contacted Britishboxers.co.uk to quash persistent rumours that Coatbridge’s Ricky Burns will defend his WBO lightweight belt against London’s
Kevin Mitchell in Scotland on July 1. 
Burns is penciled in for his second defence of the full title against an
opponent TBA, with Mitchell’s name bandied about by many within the trade and amidst
whispers that Kevin has finally agreed terms for the domestic clash.


Indeed,
Warren had hoped to make the fight earlier this year only to blast Mitchell for
pricing himself out of the contest. 
Mitchell, 33-1 (24), put himself back in the 135lb mix by handing
Manchester’s John Murray his first defeat in July of last year, an eighth-round
stoppage, and has since registered a 10-round decision win over Felix Lora at
London’s York Hall in February. 


The
Dagenham-based boxer fought for the interim WBO crown in May of 2010, a
third-round TKO defeat to Michael Katsidis, and then disappeared until seemingly
upending Murray’s world title charge. 
“Mighty” had hoped to face Brandon Rios in the U.S. last December only
for potential visa problems to nix the contest and hand the opportunity to
Murray, much to Mitchell’s chagrin.


Now,
though, the 27-year-old appears to understand that a showdown with Burns, 34-2
(9), is his best opportunity to win a world title.  Indeed, the division’s consensus kingpin Juan
Manuel Marquez completed his move to light-welterweight tonight when he
won the interim WBO title against Serhiy Fedchenko in Mexico City – leaving
the division in search of a new ruler. 


Ricky Burns
Warren
has informed Britishboxers.co.uk that the fight between Burns and Mitchell has
not been inked, this will stave off speculation for the time being, although
British fans would welcome a showdown between “Rickster”, who defeated Katsidis
and Paulus Moses by decision in his last two fights, and “The Hammer”.  However, it would seem that the showdown
remains on the backburner as the search continues for Burns’s next opponent.

By Terence Dooley
Courtesy of Rick Reeno and www.boxingscene.com
Photos courtesy of Al “Big Al” Stevenson.