Kevin Mitchell seeks explosive win over Karim El Ouazghari on Saturday
Last Updated: 14/12/13 3:43pm
Kevin Mitchell (r) is targeting a world title shot next year
Kevin Mitchell hopes to take another step towards a world title shot with a destructive win over late replacement Karim El Ouazghari on Saturday night.
The Dagenham fighter's career is back on track after two wins this year and he is targeting a clash with IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez next year.
But Mitchell firstly must get past Karim El Ouazghari, who stepped in as a late replacement after original foe Brunet Zamora was unable to make the trip to London.
El Ouazghari has already proved his battling qualities in a points defeat against John Murray in 2011, but Mitchell insists the Spaniard will not hear the final bell when they collide at the Excel Arena, live on Sky Sports.
"I have trained really hard," he said. "I had a change of opponent, which I was told about late on Wednesday night but those things happen. I am lucky I am still on the bill, thanks to Eddie Hearn who got me a good opponent.
"This kid I have got now, I remember him fighting John Murray a couple of years back. He is very tough, awkward, throws some big shots, is a bit of a puncher and it looks like it will be a good fight. I am looking to take him out and do a demolition job on Saturday night.
"He is very tough, awkward, throws some big shots, is a bit of a puncher and it looks like it will be a good fight."
"Next year is going to be an exciting year for me and I hope end up with a world title shot against Miguel Vazquez. Previously I've been inactive and in and out of the gym, but now Matchroom have made sure I'm very active and moved me along nicely towards another world title fight."
A busy bill is topped by Lee Purdy's welterweight bout against European champion Leonard Bundu.
Purdy is hoping to end the year on a high after his stoppage defeat to ex-IBF king Devon Alexander in May, while former bantamweight world champion Jamie McDonnell is also back in action.
Middleweight Martin Murray can pave the way for a possible world title shot next year with victory in his rematch with Sergey Khomitsky and British super middleweight champion Paul Smith has been added to the card.