31.10.05 – Super-featherweight hot-shot Kevin Mitchell has signed a new contract with his promoter Frank Warren that could lead to a future super-fight against Amir Khan. The Dagenham youngster, who turned 21 last Saturday, will continue to be promoted by Warren for a further two and half years and top of his agenda is a showdown with the Olympic Silver Medallist..
Mitchell and undefeated lightweight Khan will get to see each other in action first hand on December 10 when they both feature on the big ExCeL show headlined by Danny Williams v Audley Harrison.
On that show, ‘Mighty’ Mitchell will challenge for the Vacant IBF Intercontinental title against an opponent to be confirmed and Khan will have his fourth professional fight providing he gets through Steve Gethin this Saturday at the Braehead Arena.
“Frank has looked after me superbly since I turned pro when I was 18 and it’s great to continue working with him,” said Mitchell who was recently nominated the Boxing Writer’s Young Boxer of the Year.
“All I want to do is get in the ring, fight, knockout my opponent and win titles,”
“Frank does the business for me outside the ring and makes the right fights for me at the right time,”
“I’m excited by this new deal which, providing me and Khan stay around the same weight, could see us get it on in a couple of years time,”
“Khan reckons he’d beat me and called me out after my last fight, he can talk, but when we get it on we’ll see who’s the best.”
Unbeaten Mitchell took his record to a blistering 16-0 with 11 stoppages last week following his stoppage of experienced Yorkshireman Daniel Thorpe in Preston.
Warren, who has nutured plenty of young talent including Nigel Benn, Naseem Hamed and Ricky Hatton, said, “Kevin has produced the results in the ring so far and I’m delighted by the way he’s progressed since turning professional under me,”
“His quality was underlined at a young age when he became one of the youngest ever to win a senior ABA crown and he’s made a good transition into the professional ranks to which his exciting, all-action style was always suited,”
“More recently, he caught the eye of the Boxing Writers’ Club who nominated him as their choice of Best Young Boxer of the Year,”
“I’m delighted that Kevin has re-signed with me and a showdown with Khan would be a tremendous fight down the road between Britain’s two best young fighters.”