Burns vs. Mitchell
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
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
For credence that Saturday’s ‘Auld Enemy’ World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Lightweight championship between Scotland’s Ricky Burns and England’s Kevin Mitchell is a truly serious happening, you need only know that Hall of Fame MC Michael Buffer shall be calling the fighters to battle.
A grandson of 1920s world bantamweight champion Johnny Buff, but raised by foster parents in Philadelphia, the man with the trademarked ‘..’signature line is truly the voice of boxing, and an icon way beyond.
A soldier in the US Army during the Vietnam War, Buffer has featured in 18 films – often playing himself – been animated in both The Simpsons and South Park, starred on the Jay Lennon and David Letterman shows and announced at World Series baseball, Stanley Cup (ice hockey) finals, NFL play-offs and NBA championships.
But the man who was seemingly born to play James Bond chose to pursue his love of boxing and, earlier this week, he spoke with boxing writer Glynn Evans about his passage to the Hall of Fame.
Burns v Mitchell is live and exclusive on BoxNation on Saturday night (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com 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
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announces today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, September 22, in the lighteweight title bout between champion Ricky Burns and #2 ranked Kevin Mitchell, to be held at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, in a Frank Warren Promotions presentation.
Valcarcel reported that for the second defense of Burns’ (34-2, 9 KOs) 135lb belt, against his fellow countryman Mitchell (33-1, 24 KOs), the referee will be Phil Edwards. Continue reading
Kevin Mitchell hasn’t always enjoyed the smoothest of passages since linking with feted father-son training team of Jimmy and Mark Tibbs three years ago. Interspersed between career high wins over Breidis Prescott and John Murray, the ‘Mighty One’ has suffered a crushing world title defeat plus debilitating personal and judicial problems. Continue reading
World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns brought Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre to a standstill today with a hard-hitting public work-out. Scotland’s first two-time and two-weight world champion in twenty years showed fans how preparations are going for his epic showdown with English rival Kevin Mitchell. Continue reading