4th July 2012
The full, uncut press conference for Ricky Burns v Kevin Mitchell at the RAF Museum in Hendon, London.
The world-title clash will take place in Glasgow on September 22nd 2012. Live on BoxNation. Press conference filmed by www.ifilmlondon.com
Both are nice guys, genuine and always come across well. They both admit to liking each other and consider themselves friends. But you can make no mistake, when these two proud warriors step in that ring in September they will put their personal friendship to one side when Burns defends his WBO world title in his Glasgow home.
Burns and Mitchell have sparred together and are said to keep in touch using online gaming and Twitter. “We’ve known each other growing up in the fight game. Once we step in the ring it’s time to get the business head on, we get on well but our jobs are on the line.” said Burns from Coatsbridge.
Mitchell, 27, from London lost his last world title challenge against Michael Katsidis at Upton Park two years ago and he as since had his ups and downs personally. But after 14 months out of the ring, he finally got his career back on track in July last year, when in what turned out to be fight of the year, he stopped the unbeaten Mancunian John Murray, which as lead to this opportunity to face Burns.
Speaking about his defeat to Katsidis and his troubles outside of boxing, Mitchell said; “I took the fight, got beat and I basically went on the drink for eight months and blew all my money,” admitted Mitchell.
“This is my last title chance. I’m going to beat myself into shape to prepare for it properly.
The Dagenham fighter praised Burns’ fitness and courage and says there is no chance that he will under-estimate the modest champion.
“Me and Ricky are on Twitter and on the Xbox with each other, going to war on there as well.
“It will be a good night. I’ll be bringing about 3,000 fans.”
“He’s strong, sharp and he hits hard enough to hurt you,” continued Mitchell.
“He’s got a good chin. He goes down, he gets back up. He is strong in all areas, he’s got a great defence.
“Where people go wrong with him is that they don’t realise how good he really is. They come unstuck in the middle rounds.” added Mitchell.