The formidable winning streak, of the fighters from the famous TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, came to a shuddering halt this past weekend, after both Kevin Mitchell and Menay Edwards lost.
Just two weeks previously English Light Middleweight Champion Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng successfully defended his crown, Ian Bailey and Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor secured Southern Area titles, as well as a brace of great wins by rising stars Wadi ‘Machoman’ Camacho, Tom Baker and Charlie Hoy. Continue reading
By JOHN WIGHT: After his most recent devastating performance against London’s Kevin Mitchell in front of 10,000 fans at the SECC in Glasgow, it would be a great disservice to Ricky Burns to continue to describe or refer to him as a great ‘Scottish’ fighter. He has now proved beyond doubt that he is a great fighter, period, deserving of being considered elite level and more than a match for any lightweight anywhere.
His fourth round stoppage of the hard punching Mitchell, who in the run up to the fight had appeared confident of taking Burns’ WBO title, would have come as a godsend to the bookmakers, what with the bulk of the smart money opting for a points win for the Coatbridge fighter, with perhaps a sneaky wager on Mitchell by KO. This writer asserts the right to boast of betting on the stoppage by Burns. However, this does not so much reflect any great talent to pick bets on my part as it does the fact that Burns is one of the few champions in the sport who improves year on year and relishes fighting the best that’s out there, rather than remain content to stay in any kind of comfort zone in order to hang on to his belt as long as possible. Continue reading
By James Slater: Tonight, before a sold-out and very passionate Glasgow crowd, reigning WBO lightweight king Ricky Burns turned in what was arguably the finest performance thus far in his ever improving career. Halting a game Kevin Mitchell in the 4th-round, Burns made surprisingly easy-looking work of what was widely expected to be a tough battle.
Dropping Mitchell with a sweet left hook that landed flush on the Dagenham man’s jaw in the 4th, 29-year-old Burns proved that he can bang. Dropping a badly stunned but full of heart Mitchell for a second time when a series of rights clubbed the 27-year-old headfirst to the mat, Burns then poured it on as Mitchell, trying to fight back, was stuck on the ropes and in bad shape. The referee, Terry O’Connor, really was left with no choice but to dive in, halting the exciting rumble at the 2-minutes and 59-seconds mark of the 4th.
Now 35-2(10), Burns seemingly has the world at his feet. His right hand looking strong, accurate and powerful, the always immaculately conditioned Coatbridge warrior sure looked like one of the best 135-pounders in all of boxing tonight. Mitchell came to fight, and he won the opening session as the defending champ looked a little tense. There was also some thrilling trading in the 2nd and 3rd-rounds, temporarily letting fans believe they would get the classic war they had both anticipated and hoped for. In the end though, we were treated instead to a classic performance; possibly one that will allow Burns to win 2012’s FOTY award. Continue reading
THE WBO LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD
RICKY BURNS v KEVIN MITCHELL
THE SECC, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
SATURDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER
Fight #1 – 17:30 hrs
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Light-Welterweight Contest Continue reading
World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns and challenger Kevin Mitchell both weighed-in spot on the 135lb limit at today’s official weigh-in.
The pair clash tomorrow (Saturday 22nd July) at Glasgow’s SECC in their Battle of Britain showdown, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Continue reading
On September 22nd Scotland’s Ricky Burns shall make a second defence of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight crown against Cockney favourite Kevin Mitchell in a bang-up that seems sure to feature in the Fight of the Year honours. Continue reading
The official weigh-in for Ricky Burns and Kevin Mitchell will be open to the public and free-to-attend. Scottish hero Burns, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Lightweight Champion, puts his title on the line against English rival Mitchell at the SECC in Glasgow on Saturday 22nd September. Continue reading
Billy Nelson’s role in steering Ricky Burns to world titles in two weight divisions must never be diminished. The Coatbridge star was a forlorn, twice defeated 23-year-old when residential care worker Nelson hopped onto the trainers saddle following ‘Rickster’s’ February 2007 British super-feather title loss to Carl Johanneson. Nineteen fights together since have brought 19 victories, the last half dozen in World Boxing Organization (WBO) world championships. Continue reading
Destiny dawns for Dagenham lightweight Kevin Mitchell on Saturday evening.
A former six time national junior champion and English senior ABA featherweight king whilst still a teenager, it seemed the Cockney with the kayo kick couldn’t miss when, amidst much fanfare, he signed pro forms with Frank Warren, as a baby faced 18 year old, back in July 2003. Continue reading
Even boxing’s staunchest detractors would struggle not to take to World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Lightweight king Ricky Burns. The two-weight world champion from Coatbridge, Scotland is both a thoroughly decent human being and a consummate professional athlete; courteous, humble, clean living and frighteningly dedicated to his craft. He is an inspiration to all who come into contact with him. Continue reading