AFTER a heroic effort against WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares in May, Kevin Mitchell returns to the O2 on Saturday to fight his way back to world level. He boxes Ismael Barroso for the WBA Interim title, the winner will be due a shot at new WBA champ, Anthony Crolla.
“I’m one of the biggest threats in the lightweight division,” Kevin Mitchell said. “I’ll get this one out the way. I have to be smart with this kid. Take him into the later part and try to get him out of there. Then you get Crolla, Crolla’s a very good fighter, he’s come on very well. To be fair he’s probably one of Britain’s most [improved] fighters and he’s a friend of mine.”
But Mitchell added, “I’ll beat Crolla but that makes a good war, a good fight, a good tear up. Then go on from there and fight Linares.”