Kevin Mitchell motivated to crack lightweight division and fulfil world title dream

Last Updated: 26/09/13 7:17pm

Kevin Mitchell: told Ringside he is still chasing world honours

Lightweight contender Kevin Mitchell is more determined than ever to stamp his mark on the division.

The former world title challenger told Ringside that he has a new lease of life having hit nine stone nine ahead of his clash with Marco Lopez for the IBF Inter-Continental title in a huge O2 show on October 5.

"I want world titles. I'm still chasing my childhood dream but there are some great dust-ups out there at the minute."

Kevin Mitchell

And while he might be right in the lightweight mix, the 28-year-old acknowledges that he faces a proper scrap to get to the top of a division that includes fighters of the calibre of Derry Matthews, who stopped Curtis Woodhouse on Saturday to retain his Commonwealth lightweight title at Olympia in Liverpool.

"It would be a good roll-around [with Matthews]," Mitchell reflected. "Curtis has been calling out a lot of fighters himself over Twitter but Derry produced the goods.

"He's a great talent and he proved what sort of levels there are in the sport. Derry is at a good top level; he proved how good he is against Woodhouse and most definitely there is a dust-up that we can get it on with.

"The lightweight division is a cracking division, just on the British level; I still want world honours, I want world titles. I'm still chasing my childhood dream but there are some great dust-ups out there at the minute.

"I've been working really hard. Tony Sims has been grafting me really hard in the gym and I've been sparring with everybody, as I did when I was younger. I'm back enjoying it again."

Great

On the same bill in Liverpool, Callum Smith stopped Patrick Mendy to claim the English super-middleweight title and Liam Smith joined his brothers Paul and Stephen as a British champion by beating challenger Erick Ochieng to the light middleweight title on points.

The results mean that Liam, Paul and Stephen are the first trio of siblings in UK boxing history to hold British belts concurrently and Mitchell told Ringside he can see Callum joining them in the future.

"I'm a big fan of Callum Smith. When you watch him in there fighting, he does everything with ease - he does it easily. It looks as though he's going through the motions.

"I don't think their achievement will ever be matched in our lifetime especially the way that they are; they are all great fighters."