Unbeaten WBO #1 lightweight Kevin Mitchell (30-0, 22 KOs), who returns against TBA on Frank Warren’s February 13 show in London, claims he is ready to KO WBO interim lightweight champ Michael Katsidis (26-2, 21 KOs), who may have the full WBO belt before long if current champion Juan Manuel Marquez decides to vacate. “I’m ready for Katsidis right now,” stormed 25-year-old Mitchell. He’s a great fighter and he’s well known in the UK after his war against Graham Earl a few years ago. He is a dangerous opponent, but when my bombs start landing I’m going to be even more dangerous for him. He can crack a bit but I can take a better shot than Earl and I can hit harder as well. If I stand in front of Katsidis and have a war I’ll beat him, but I can out box him as well and do a proper job on him just like I did against [Breidis] Prescott.
“Everyone said that was going to be a tough fight and I was going to get knocked out, but I made it look easy in there and I’ll do the same against Katsidis. I showed against Prescott that I belong at world level, and by the summer I want that world title wrapped around my waist.”
Mitchell has his sights set on a world title chance by May. “I can’t take anything for granted in this next fight, but ideally I’d like to face Katsidis early in the summer,” he said. “He’s been to the UK before and I’m sure he’ll come here again, but unlike last time he won’t be going home with the title. Earl had him rocking early on and let him off the hook, but I’ll wallop him good and proper.”
The card on February 13 at Wembley Arena features the explosive heavyweight showdown between British heavyweight champion Danny Williams and Commonwealth champion Sam Sexton; Kevin Mitchell’s WBO Intercontinental Lightweight title defence; Kell Brook’s British Welterweight title defence; Derek Chisora versus Matt Skelton for the Vacant English Heavyweight Championship; The Olympians James DeGale, Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders; plus Vinny Mitchell and Liam, Michael and Ryan Walsh.