19th July 2011

Kevin Mitchell – pic by Al Stevenson
Kevin “Mighty” Mitchell has gate-crashed the Ring Magazine top 10 lightweight rankings after his sensational stoppage win over John Murray.

Dagenham ace Mitchell scored an eighth round TKO victory over Murray at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday night, also winning the Vacant WBO Intercontinental title in the process. 
It was his first fight in 14 months after losing to Michael Katsidis in May last year, but Mitchell produced the performance of his career to record an upset win.
And his achievement could be rewarded by a world title shot.

The brilliance of his triumph has been reflected by prestigious Ring Magazine, who have installed Mitchell at number five in their latest rankings.
I’ve had some time to reflect on the victory, and it’s definitely one of the proudest moment of my pro career so far.” – Kevin Mitchell
Manchester’s Murray, who had previously occupied the number four spot, slipped to number 10.

Above Mitchell are Ring champion and super WBA and WBO belt holder Juan Manual Marquez, WBA champion Brandon Rios, WBC champion Humberto Soto, Robert Guerro and Katsidis,

“It’s nice to get some recognition for the win,” said Mitchell.

“I’ve had some time to reflect on the victory, and it’s definitely one of the proudest moment of my pro career so far.

“It was nice to repay all the faith that family and promotional team have shown in me.

“I’m going to have a couple of week’s rest, and then I’ll be back in the gym preparing for my next fight.”
Kevin Mitchell wears down John Murray – pic by Al Stevenson
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