Kevin Mitchell glad to have Tony Sims back in his corner for crucial stage of his career
By Richard Damerell. Last Updated: 12/07/13 3:04pm
Kevin Mitchell: Ready to put the past behind him and move on with trainer Tony Sims
Kevin Mitchell hopes his reunion with trainer Tony Sims will help him return to world-title level.
Mitchell's attempt to rip the WBO lightweight belt from Ricky Burns ended in bitter defeat, with the Scot dishing out a fourth-round stoppage last September.
The Dagenham fighter has since left promoter Frank Warren as he starts the rebuilding process and is training again with Sims, who moulded Mitchell into a successful amateur.
Sims was back in Mitchell's corner for his routine points win over Sebastien Benito last weekend and the 28-year-old is glad to have his guidance during a crucial stage of his career.
"I want to clean up domestically and go towards a world title. I've got it in me."
"I had a word with Tony and he said come down and see how you like it," Mitchell told skysports.com.
"It feels like going back home. He looked after me as a kid, he really looked after me.
"I had nothing growing up, he got me sponsorship, got me money, helped me get through things. It's just like we haven't changed.
"It upset us both leaving each other, but now we're back, we're both grafting and it's same as normal, work hard or nothing - go home.
Mitchell admits he needed to sharpen his rings skills after a long period of inactivity and believes the painstaking practice with Sims will get him back on track.
"It's just been hard training, sparring hard, working loads on my defence, just like it used to be with him," he said.
"I remember when I was a kid he would have me in the gym for an hour and a half, two hours, just throwing the jab. I would get blisters where I would be working on the front part of my foot. He's very technical is Tony, and that's what I needed."
Mitchell is aware he must silence his doubters after defeats by Burns and Michael Katsidis raised questions about whether he could compete with the best lightweights.
The east Londoner plans to re-establish himself as a major force in the domestic division before testing the water at the top level again.
"I want to clean up domestically and go towards a world title," said Mitchell, who is working with promoter Eddie Hearn on a fight-by-fight basis.
"I've got it in me. I got beat by Ricky, he was the better man on the night by far. I had a long time out of the ring and the time I got beat by Katsidis things weren't right for me.
"Those things happen, but now I'm training hard. Eddie's going to get me back fighting regularly and there is a lot I want to prove to everybody."