Mitchell set for February return against unbeaten Irishman Ormond at York Hall
Kevin Mitchell will make his eagerly-awaited return to the ring on February 10 when he collides with unbeaten Irishman Stephen Ormond at London”s York Hall.
Mitchell has been out of action since his epic British Fight of the Year victory over John Murray last July in Liverpool.
The Dagenham Destroyer would have earned a shot at Brandon Rios for the WBA championship – a title the unbeaten Mexican was stripped of after failing to make the correct weight – in New York earlier this month.
Ready to rumble: Kevin Mitchell returns to action on February 10 against unbeaten Irishman Stephen Ormond
But the proposed bout hit a snag after Mitchell”s brush with the law.
The 27-year-old avoided a prison sentence after police found a butterfly knife in his car in east London and was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, which he has now served.
Now, a hungry Mitchell is raring to get back inside the ropes and has been back in training over Christmas, working hard on getting back into top condition for his 2012 comeback.
The Frank Warren-fighter will be out to make statement of serious intent when he meets New York based-Irishman Ormond, who has not lost in 12 fights since turning professional in 2008.
Fight of the Year: Mitchell took Murray apart in his last fight earlier this year
A win would put him on course for mouth-watering Battle of Britain contest against Scotland”s Ricky Burns who holds the division”s interim crown.
Rios remains on Mitchell”s radar, however, after he declared he would love to gain revenge for his beaten pal Murray.
“It”s very clear to see I”d have no troubles with Rios,” Mitchell said earlier this month.
“I”ve watched quite a bit of Rios. He loves it his own way, loves a bit of a tear-up, he”s quite ferocious, but he leaves himself very open at times.
Target man: Mitchell has his sights set on a future fight with unbeaten Mexican Brandon Rios (L)
“He over-exaggerates his shots. I would make him miss then pay. It was meant to be my fight.”
Mitchell, who suffered his only defeat to Michael Katsidis at Upton Park in 2010, is certain to sell-out York Hall in front of his loyal home fans on a night where he”ll hope to get back on the right path to his world championship dream.
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