WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (34-2, 9 KOs) and Kevin Mitchell (33-1, 24 KOs) faced off at a press conference today to officially announce their WBO lightweight title fight on September 22 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.
Ricky Burns: “The fight trade has been talking about us two meeting for a while now and it’s happening at the perfect time. Mitchell is a great fighter and I’ve got to know him well outside of the ring, but it’s a shame in this business that that will have to be put aside while we’re fighting it out and there can only be one winner. For me it’s about testing myself against the best and proving how good I am. Mitchell’s the next best in Britain and I’m sure he’s going to give me the hardest fight of my career and that’s what I’m preparing for: a real battle.”
Kevin Mitchell: “I was over the moon when Frank [Warren] made the fight between me and Burns, it’s the fight I’ve been desperate for and I know Burns has really wanted it, the fans have wanted it and so have the media, so it’s a dream that it’s finally on now. Frank’s the best promoter out there and he knows when the time is right to make the big fights and he’s made a blinder sticking me and Ricky together now, it’s going to be a right war between us, the best you’ll see this year. If Frank had said to me it’s a choice between a date with Kelly Brook or a world title fight against Burns on September 22nd then it’s Burns all day long, that how excited it has got me!”