Friday, 21 September 2012
22/09/12 Burns v Mitchell
Tonight sees the clash of two of Britains best lightweights as Ricky Burns puts his WBO title on the line against Londoner Kevin Mitchell. With just two years and 4 oz separating these fighters, this is shaping up to be one of the all time classics. Mitchell has lost only once in his career to Michael Katsidis and will now stand as very tough opposition for the Scotsman. Burns has two losses on his career but has stepped into the ring more times.
Mitchell has had a rough journey over the last few years since the break up of his marriage but then went on to beat John Murray and has not looked back since. For me Mitchell is the best he has ever been and Burns will find it tough to break him down. Mitchells movement and combination work seems to have improved greatly, but Burns will be fully aware of what Mitchell brings to this bout and will have a game plan of his own.
Burns was gifted the WBO belt when Juan Marquez decided to step up in weight, but he looks as if he has always been a champion. with a great mix of strength, punching power and agility Burns rightfully stands top of the tree and is defiantly the man to beat. Having the fight in his own back yard will be a huge advantage for Burns but you will be sure to hear the 1500 travelling fans of Mitchell im sure.
This match offers everything and should not be missed, it promises to be one of the best all British fights in many years. My heart tells me it will be Mitchells crowning moment, but my head tells me Burns will remain the man to beat.