KEVIN MITCHELL retired February this year when he realised he just didn’t have it anymore following a five-round loss to Ismael Barroso. One of the most gifted talents of his generation, Mitchell came close to unseating brilliant world lightweight boss Jorge Linares in 2014 in perhaps his finest hour, but too much time in East End boozers hindered his earlier career – he infamously came in woefully unprepared for an Interim WBO title fight with Michael Katsidis in 2010. In fact, his love of partying did not bode well for retirement, but Mitchell is now focused only on the future and, under the watchful eye of his ex-coach and saviour Tony Sims, is in the final stages of being approved for a trainers licence from the British Boxing Board of Control.
It’s going really well to be honest, and it all stems back to Tony Sims from about two years ago. Before that, after my fights I’d always go on the p**s and go on the wonky one. Tony stopped that, because I knew I’d have to be in the gym early the next morning to help him out [with training fighters].