2nd September 2012
Scottish hero and WBO World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns welcomes London’s Kevin Mitchell onto his home soil of Glasgow for a ding-dong, all-British battle.
Burns v Mitchell has been billed as “The Battle of Britain”, and it sets two great friends against one another with WBO World Lightweight glory at stake.
Burns, 29, won the interim WBO strap in November 2011 against Michael Katsidis, and then cemented the full belt in March against Namibia’s Paulus Moses.
The Bellshill-born right-hander will enter the ring with a 34 – 2 fight record, and will be wary of a fiery opponent who has a similar 33 – 1 history.
Burns will have huge support in the Glasgow SECC. He was similarly supported in March against Paulus Moses, and Kevin Mitchell will know he’s in for a hostile welcome.
For Kevin Mitchell, the “Dagenham Destroyer”, this fight is a second WBO World title challenge at lightweight. His previous attempt saw him bested by Michael Katsidis in 2010 after a third round TKO.
Essex boy Mitchell, 27, has won 24 of his 33 fights prematurely, a percentage of 70.59, while Burns has only nine knockouts to his name. He will be hoping his superior punch power will see him through against the quick and slick Burns.
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