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Newcastle lout Barry Rogerson admits punching Bud the horse but claims the spooked animal "charged at him" during derby rampage

Newcastle lout who punched horse apologises and says he loves animals

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

06:07 GMT, 17 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:00 GMT, 17 April 2013

The Newcastle lout who punched a police horse during ugly scenes after the Tyne-Wear derby insisted he was an animal lover who was acting self-defence.

Shamed Barry Rogerson said he was living in fear after his name and address were posted on the internet by animal rights activists.

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Horse boxer: This Newcastle-supporting lout squares up to Bud

Horse boxer: This Newcastle-supporting lout squares up to Bud

I'm an animal lover': Barry Rogerson with his dog who says he panicked when the 'charged' towards him

I'm an animal lover': Barry Rogerson with his dog who says he panicked when the 'charged' towards him

Not horsing around: Bud, the horse that was attacked, pictured in the paddock on Monday

Not horsing around: Bud, the horse that was attacked, pictured in the paddock on Monday

Rogerson was pictured aiming a right
hook at the Shire-cross, named Bud, as Newcastle fans ran amok after
losing 3-0 at home to bitter rivals Sunderland on Sunday.

But the 45-year-old, who lives near Morpeth, Northumberland, claimed the footage, posted on YouTube, gave the wrong impression.

Rogerson said he had pulled a scarf over his face because a filling had fallen out of a front tooth.

And he only hit out in panic after the horse was spooked by a firecracker and charged at him.

Pitched battles: Police try to hold back Newcastle fans attempting to break through their lines

Pitched battles: Police try to hold back Newcastle fans attempting to break through their lines

Charge: Mounted officers try to hold back rioting fans

Charge: Mounted officers try to hold back rioting fans

Derby day violence in Newcastle

Rogerson,
living on disability benefits after quitting a factory job in 2005
because of a lung condition, told The Sun: 'It all happened so quickly. I
had just left the pub after the match and I walked straight into the
middle of it.

'The horse was spooked by a fire cracker and charged at me.

'At
first I tried to get him away from me with my left hand and then I
punched him with my right. It was sheer panic. I believe it made contact
with the horse.

'It was an instant reaction. The horse just came towards me and I reacted stupidly.

'I apologise for it — I did not actually go out to attack a horse. I love animals. I have got three dogs and a fishpond.

VIDEO: Newcastle lout punches horse after the game

Rioting in Newcastle after Geordies lose Tyne-Wear derby 3-0

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Jesse Ryder in critical condition after being beaten up outside Christchurch bar

New Zealand's Ryder in critical condition after being attacked outside Christchurch bar

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

20:41 GMT, 27 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:09 GMT, 27 March 2013

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has been admitted to Christchurch Hospital after being attacked at a bar, police have confirmed.

According to reports in New Zealand, the 28-year-old all-rounder is in a critical condition in intensive care after suffering a fractured skull and a collapsed lung.

It is understood that three men attacked the controversial cricketer from behind.

Critical condition: Jesse Ryder

Support: Ryder

Critical condition: Jesse Ryder is in hospital in Christchurch after suffering serious head injuries

A statement on the New Zealand Police website read: 'Police are investigating an incident at a bar in Merivale in the early hours of this morning.

Cricket tweets support for Ryder

Michael Vaughan (former England captain) – Devastating news regarding Jesse Ryder… Just hope he can pull through… Thoughts are with him and his family…

Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire and former Ireland seamer) – Get well soon Jesse Ryder!

Ross Taylor (New Zealand batsman, former captain) – Thinking of you mate @DijaRyder

Black Caps (Official New Zealand cricket Twitter account) – The whole NZC team's thoughts are with @DijaRyder this morning.

Luke Wright (England limited overs all-rounder) – Hope your ok @DijaRyder. Get well soon buddy.

Martin Guptill (New Zealand batsman) – Thoughts are with @DijaRyder this morning. Get well soon bro.

'Police can confirm the incident did involve Jesse Ryder and that he is currently in Christchurch Hospital.'

St John Ambulance confirmed to TVNZ that two ambulances responded to an alleged assault at 12.34am in the morning.

'We transported to Christchurch Hospital ED under lights and sirens one patient, a male, aged in his 20s, with very serious head injuries,' St John Ambulance said.

Ryder, a controversial figure whose career has been plagued by off-field incidents, is on an indefinite break from international cricket and has not played for New Zealand since February last year.

Ryder has played 18 Tests and 39 one-day internationals for the Black Caps, his last appearance an ODI against South Africa.

He played yesterday for the Wellington Firebirds in the major preliminary final against Canterbury Wizards at Hagley Oval and was due to fly out to India this week to compete for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.

New Zealand Cricket revealed its chief executive David White, Peter Clinton from Cricket Wellington, Heath Mills from the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association and Ryder's manager Aaron Klee were flying to Christchurch.

'We are all shocked by what has occurred and extremely concerned for Jesse. New Zealand Cricket's thoughts are with him and his family,' White said.

New Zealand Cricket said the four would likely hold a press conference once they had ascertained the facts surrounding Ryder's injuries and his current condition.

Peter Ndlovu "out of danger" after horror car crash kills his brother Adam Ndlovu

Coventry legend Ndlovu 'out of danger' after fatal car crash kills his brother

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UPDATED:

21:01 GMT, 16 December 2012

Former Premier League forward Peter Ndlovu was in a Bulawayo hospital with serious injuries on Sunday night after a car crash which claimed the life of his brother and fellow Zimbabwe footballer Adam.

Peter Ndlovu, 39, had playing spells in England with Coventry, for whom he starred in the top flight, plus Birmingham, Huddersfield and Sheffield United, before returning to African club football in 2004.

The crash that caused his brother's death occurred late last night. The skilful attacker left Highlanders in his homeland to join Coventry in 1991, and stayed at Highfield Road until 1997.

Horror: The smashed-up BMW X5 on the side of the road that was reportedly driven by Adam Ndlovu

Horror: The smashed-up BMW X5 on the side of the road that was reportedly driven by Adam Ndlovu

Horror: The smashed-up BMW X5 on the side of the road that was reportedly driven by Adam Ndlovu

A statement from the club, now in
npower League One, read: 'Coventry City Football Club is saddened to
hear of a tragic road accident in Zimbabwe that has left former striker
Peter Ndlovu in a critical condition and claimed the life of his brother
Adam.

'It has been reported that both were
travelling from an away match between Chicken Inn FC and a local side
when Ndlovu's car suffered a tyre blow-out which caused the car to veer
off the road 20 kilometres outside Victoria Falls.

'Ndlovu achieved iconic status during
his six years with the Sky Blues where he netted 39 goals in 176
(league) appearances for the club.

'Coventry City sends its best wishes and condolences to the Ndlovu family who will be in our thoughts.'

Zimbabwean media carried pictures of a
severely damaged car, reported to have been the vehicle carrying the
Ndlovu brothers home from a football match.

A spokeswoman for the Mater Dei
Hospital in Bulawayo, where Peter Ndlovu was being treated, said she
could offer no details of his condition, following reports he had broken
both legs.

Legend: Peter Ndlovu

Legend: Peter Ndlovu

Hero: Peter Ndlovu starred for Coventry (left) in the Premier League before joining Birmingham

Ndlovu's former agent Winston
Makamure told BBC Sport: 'Peter is now out of danger. He is now
conscious and is communicating. 'He has internal injuries, head
injuries, broken ribs and a broken leg.'

Adam Ndlovu, who was 42 years old,
also began his playing career with Highlanders before moving to Europe,
in his case spending seven years in Switzerland between 1994 and 2001,
culminating in a spell with FC Zurich.

Peter Ndlovu's second club in
England was Championship side Birmingham, who released a statement which
read: 'The thoughts of everyone associated with Birmingham City
Football Club are with Peter Ndlovu and his family following news of a
serious car crash in Zimbabwe.

'Peter was a very popular player during his time at St Andrew's and we hope he pulls through this difficult time.'

Tragedy: Adam Ndlovu - who played for Zimbabwe - died in the car crash

Tragedy: Adam Ndlovu – who played for Zimbabwe – died in the car crash

Ndlovu made 137 appearances and
netted 28 times in all competitions for the Blues. He joined
Huddersfield on loan over the winter of 2000-01, scoring four goals in
six games for the Yorkshire club, and left Birmingham on a permanent
basis in February 2001 when he joined Sheffield United on a free.

He played 154 times for the Bramall
Lane club, scoring 29 goals, and left them in July 2004 when he returned
to African club football.

The Blades released a statement on
their official Twitter feed which read: 'Our thoughts are with former
player Peter Ndlovu, who has been critically injured in a car accident
in his native Zimbabwe.'

Peter Ndlovu was capped 100 times by
Zimbabwe, and his country's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, sent his
condolences to the family via his official Twitter account.

'I am deeply saddened at the passing
on of soccer legend, Adam Ndlovu, who was taken away from us in the
horror crash that left his young brother, Peter, in hospital,'
Tsvangirai said.

'I wish Peter a speedy recovery.
'Adam and Peter were part of our national football Dream Team in the
1990s and have continued to impart their skills to other young
Zimbabwean footballers. They have made a significant contribution to
culture in Zimbabwe.

'My prayers are with the Ndlovu
family, the football fraternity and the nation at this sad loss. 'On
behalf of my Office, my family and on my own behalf, I join with so many
others who knew Adam, in offering our deepest sympathy on his passing.'

VIDEO: A classic Peter Ndlovu goal from 1995 – a contender for MOTD goal of the season…

Mitchell Cole, brother-in-law of Joe Cole, dies aged 27

Joe Cole's brother-in-law dies aged 27 after retiring from football with heart condition

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UPDATED:

12:26 GMT, 1 December 2012

Former West Ham youth team player and Joe Cole's brother-in-law Mitchell Cole has died.

Cole, who was 27, had been forced to retire as a professional player in February last year owing to a deteriorating heart condition.

Writing on their official twitter feed, the League said: 'We are sad to hear former Southend, Stevenage and Oxford player Mitchell Cole has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.'

Tragic: Mitchell Cole died aged 27

Tragic: Mitchell Cole died aged 27

A CAREER CUT SHORT

Mitchell Cole started his career at West Ham United as an academy player.

He was released in 2004 and joined Grays Athletic. He had short stints at Southend and Northampton before joining Stevenage in January 2007.

Here he established himself as a competent midfielder, and scored 20 goals before leaving for Oxford in June 2010.

It was at Oxford where he was convinced to retire altogether from professional football due to a deteriorating heart condition.

Cole, who was married to the sister of England international Joe Cole, scored for Stevenage against Kidderminster at Wembley in the 2007 FA Trophy Final.

He said last year he would be risking death if he were to play again.

In an interview with The Sun he said: 'A few players around the world die of this every year. The specialists told me that every day I have a one percent chance of dropping dead and sport quadruples that risk.

'When he gave me the numbers and showed me images of my heart, it hit me hard.'

Despite retiring from the professional game last year, Cole did make a handful of non-league appearances, some of which came for Arlesey Town.

However, according to their director of football, Gary King, watching Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffer a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup tie with Tottenham in March convinced Cole to give up the game for good.

King said: 'We were watching that game in the clubhouse and he turned to me and said “I'm not playing again”, although I'm told he might have been playing five-a-side in London last night.'

The PFA joined the Football League in expressing their condolences, tweeting: 'The PFA is deeply saddened by the loss of 27-year-old Mitchell Cole, our thoughts are with his friends and family.'

Shocking: Mitchell Cole was married to Joe Cole's (right) sister

Shocking: Mitchell Cole was married to Joe Cole's (right) sister

It was during Cole's second year as an academy player at West Ham that he discovered the heart problem during a routine scan.

West Ham this morning tweeted: 'Everyone at West Ham United has been saddened to learn of the death of former Hammers Academy player Mitchell Cole at the age of 27. RIP'

The winger said in 2011 that he feared suffering the same fate as former Manchester City midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe, who collapsed and died on the pitch in 2003, aged 28.

Like Foe, Cole suffered from the same heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Upon hearing the tragic news, Arlesey tweeted: 'Have just been informed of the sad news that Mitchell Cole passed away last night the thoughts of everyone at Arlesey are with his family.'

Cole had tweeted last night about playing football.
On @mitchcole21 he wrote: “London tonight for the usual kick about with the lads!”

Alex Corbisiero hungry for England return v South Africa

Alex wants pizza the action! New diet means England prop is hungry for return (let's hope he'll eat Springbok forwards for breakfast!)

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UPDATED:

23:14 GMT, 21 November 2012

They have named a pizza after Alex Corbisiero at his favourite Italian restaurant, where his strict gluten-and wheat-free diet is catered for. The owners would be well advised to stock up with the necessary ingredients before Saturday evening.

After a match, the prop heads there for a slap-up meal and Saturday's opponents are sure to leave him with a major appetite. Corbisiero will return to the England front row, charged with galvanising the scrum and playing his part in quelling the might of imposing – and famously carnivorous – Springbok forwards.

The 24-year-old, who was born in New York, says he is in prime condition after overcoming a knee injury, thanks to the benefits of his regulated eating habits. The pizza named in his honour conforms to his precise requirements.

Using his crust: Alex Corbisiero is back to take on the Springboks

Using his crust: Alex Corbisiero is back to take on the Springboks

'There's a restaurant in Kingston called Bruschetta – it's a gluten-and wheat-free Italian restaurant,' said Corbisiero. 'A few of the boys go there now. After a game, when I want to have my “bad” meal, there are not many options so I usually go there. That's the pizza I always get and they've put it on the menu.

'It has a gluten-free base, with buffalo mozzarella which is free of cow's milk, Italian sausage, chicken and pepperoni. It's a nice one.'

Explaining the circumstances behind his healthy eating, he said: 'It's been a year-and-a-half now. I had a blood test – recommended by the nutritionist at London Irish – and it said I was highly intolerant to wheat and gluten. I cut them out and I feel so much better. It's been a massive gain for me and it's helped me keep strict with it rather than breaking it. I've lost a lot of body fat. I'm still heavy, but I've definitely lost excess fat.

'I don't eat wheat or dairy so that cuts out a lot of bad stuff. It keeps me on the straight and narrow. I always felt a bit uncomfortable on game days, especially my stomach. It took a few months, but I'm feeling better, not as lethargic. Digestion, gas, things like that are a lot more comfortable.'

Lifting his game: The prop is on a strict diet

Lifting his game: The prop is on a strict diet

Corbisiero's return to the England team is a big plus for head coach Stuart Lancaster, who needed some encouragement in light of the defeat against Australia last week.

Injury restricted the loosehead to one replacement appearance on tour in South Africa in June. He was forced to pull out of the last Test – which England drew in Port Elizabeth – at the 11th hour, so he harbours a hunger to confront the Boks at Twickenham.

Insisting that he is ready for the ordeal, after two LV Cup games for his club, Corbisiero said: 'When you come into Test rugby you're always going to have to get certain things right as a pack – scrum and lineout, breakdown, physicality. That's especially relevant when you're playing South Africa. We need to make sure we give ourselves the best platform to win.'

His international recall comes at the expense of Joe Marler, who suffered an injury and a few indignities last weekby end, when England's scrum was trumped by an unheralded Australian pack. Corbisiero understands the scrutiny that he and the rest of the home forwards will be under. He knows there is pressure to make amends.

'We have a point to prove,' he said. 'That's going to spur us on. We're going to focus on our attention to detail and our mindset to make sure we rectify that.

Point to prove: England want to make amends for defeat to the Wallabies

Point to prove: England want to make amends for defeat to the Wallabies

'It's not going to be easy against South Africa but we've got to prove that we are a good scrum. Hopefully we'll show that. The boys were a little beaten up but we've got our sleeves rolled up and we know we've got to put a lot of things right. Everyone's really positive and motivated and we're back on the horse.

'South Africa have a heavy pack. They're physical, they're strong, they work together and they work hard. They're very efficient, very confrontational and direct. They're one of the bigger-sized packs in world rugby and you need to meet that challenge.'

Corbisiero will set about putting his words into action, knowing that when he's done and whatever the outcome, a few miles down the road there is a pizza with his name on it.

Ken Norton suffers heart attack in Las Vegas

Ring legend Norton, who once beat Ali and broke his jaw, suffers heart attack in Vegas

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UPDATED:

11:08 GMT, 1 October 2012


Hospitalised: Legendary boxer Ken Norton suffered a heart attack

Hospitalised: Legendary boxer Ken Norton suffered a heart attack

Former world heavyweight champion Ken Norton is in a 'delicate condition' in hospital after suffering a heart attack in Las Vegas.

The 69-year-old memorably inflicted the second defeat in Muhammad Ali's career in 1973 earning a 12th round split decision victory after breaking Ali's jaw.

He completed a tough trilogy against 'The Greatest' by going the distance but losing twice – the last of which in 1976 at the Yankee Stadium in New York.

He was taken ill, however, at the weekend and was unable to attend a WBC 'Legendary Night' in Nevada.

Ring warriors: Norton famously fought Muhammad Ali three times, losing the third of their battles at the Yankee Stadium in 1976

Ring warriors: Norton famously fought Muhammad Ali three times, losing the third of their battles at the Yankee Stadium in 1976

WBC president Jose Sulaiman visited Norton and said: 'I went to visit him at the hospital and he’s not good, though the doctor said to me that he will be OK.'

Norton, who was handed the WBC title in 1978 but lost after 15 brutal rounds on his first defence against Larry Holmes, eventually retired from the ring in 1981 after his first round stoppage to Gerry Cooney at Madison Square Garden.

The defeat saw his illustrious career end with a record of 42 wins (33 by way of knockout), 7 losses and a draw.

Glove story: Norton was the WBC champion but lost on his first defence to Larry Holmes at Caesars Palace

Glove story: Norton was the WBC champion but lost on his first defence to Larry Holmes at Caesars Palace

Hoffenheim midfielder Boris Vukcevic in critical but stable condition after car crash

Hoffenheim midfielder Vukcevic in critical but stable condition at hospital after car crash

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UPDATED:

13:56 GMT, 30 September 2012

Hoffenheim midfielder Boris Vukcevic remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital following a car crash on Friday.

The 22-year-old is still in a coma after two nights in a Heidelberg clinic following the accident, which occurred while the player was on his way to training on Friday.

He remains in intensive care, his club confirmed today, and his condition 'remains critical', but he is in 'the best possible hands,' according to Hoffenheim's general manager Andreas Muller.

Critical: Boris Vukcevic of Hoffenheim is in a critical but stable condition

Critical: Boris Vukcevic of Hoffenheim is in a critical but stable condition

'We have discussed how we should deal with the situation. We know that Boris is in the best possible hands and all we can do is hope that his condition stabilises itself further,' he said.

Hoffenheim fulfilled their Bundesliga fixture against Augsburg yesterday, managing a 0-0 draw, and the players have now been given two days off before returning to training on Tuesday.

'The players should remain with their families and try to clear their minds as much as possible,' said Muller.

'Of course they have the opportunity of coming into our training centre whenever they want.'

Wreck: The midfielder's car was seriously damaged during the crash

Wreck: The midfielder's car was seriously damaged during the crash

Tributes: Hoffenheim fans held up shirts and banners for their midfielder before the game against Augsburg

Tributes: Hoffenheim fans held up shirts and banners for their midfielder before the game against Augsburg

Boris Vukcevic crash: Hoffenheim play Augsburg

Hoffenheim to face Augsburg despite Vukcevic lying in coma after smash

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UPDATED:

12:06 GMT, 29 September 2012

Hoffenheim's players have been told to go out and play for Boris Vukcevic by the parents of the midfielder, who is still in intensive care in a Heidelberg hospital following a road accident on Friday.

Hoffenheim host Augsburg on Saturday afternoon aware that the 22-year-old remains in a critical condition after suffering serious head injuries in the crash.

However, Vukcevic's parents, who are keeping a bedside vigil, say Boris would want them to fight for him.

Crash: Bors Vukcevic is in a coma after suffering life-threatening injuries

Crash: Bors Vukcevic is in a coma after suffering life-threatening injuries

'This is the most difficult situation the team has ever been in,' the club's general manager Andreas Muller said.

'We would have been able to call the game off, but the team decided unanimously to play.

'We want our positive energy to be transmitted to the lad. We want to fight for Boris because he is also a fighter.'

Their decision to take to the field at the Rhein-Neckar Arena was taken after receiving a message from the player's parents.

Destruction: Vukcevic was involved in head-on collision on Friday

Destruction: Vukcevic was involved in head-on collision on Friday

'After receiving that, the team and the club decided to play,' Muller added.

Vukcevic is in an induced coma after undergoing emergency surgery.

The former Germany Under 21 international's car collided head on with a lorry on a main road near the club's training ground and he had to be cut free by firefighters before being airlifted to hospital.

The driver of the lorry also needed hospital treatment for minor injuries.

Boris Vukcevic in coma after car crash

German star Vukcevic in coma after suffering 'life-threatening' injuries in car crash

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UPDATED:

16:04 GMT, 28 September 2012

Hoffenheim midfielder Boris Vukcevic is in an induced coma in a Heidelberg clinic after receiving 'life-threatening' injuries in a road accident on Friday.

The 22-year-old's car was involved in a collision with a lorry on a main road not far from the club's training ground in Sinsheim.

He was airlifted to hospital after receiving life-threatening head injuries, according to a statement from the Bundesliga club.

Crash: Vukcevic is in an induced coma after suffering 'life-threatening' injuries

Crash: Vukcevic is in an induced coma after suffering 'life-threatening' injuries

Vukcevic underwent surgery immediately upon arrival at the clinic and is reported to be in a 'critical condition' with no prognosis for recovery.

Vukcevic has been a regular in the Hoffenheim side since making his debut in May 2009, playing a total of 78 times, and he has also been capped by Germany's under-21s.

'This news has shaken us,' said Hoffenheim's general manager Andreas Muller. 'The team, the coach and everybody here are shocked.

'Our thoughts are with Boris and his family.'

Hoffenheim are due to play Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon.

Kevin Mitchell sober and ready to face Ricky Burns

Sober Mitchell ready for Burns night as he faces old friend in Glasgow bout

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 21 September 2012

Where better for a good old-fashioned brawl than Glasgow on a Saturday night Mix in some traditional Anglo-Scottish rivalry and the punch-up should be even feistier.

Although Ricky Burns is from Coatbridge and Kevin Mitchell an East Londoner they are pals in normal life, but for an hour or so this evening they will be Auld Enemies.

Had they been forced into this scrap a few months ago strong drink would have inflamed the situation.

Ready for action: Kevin Mitchell has kicked the drink

Ready for action: Kevin Mitchell has kicked the drink

Mitchell, however, has renounced alcohol in the knowledge that he is entering, ironically, the Last Chance Saloon.

While his mate Ricky was slipping soberly under the radar to win his world championship, Mitchell knew he had to drag himself out of the bar if he were ever to realise his life-long title ambition.

So now their differing paths cross in the ring amid anticipation that this could be as explosive as the night 22 years ago when Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn produced an British world title classic.

If it is to live up to that exalted billing, the challenger for the WBO lightweight crown must be Mitchell the committed fighting man who pounded tough John Murray into submission, not Kev the matey lad from the local who blew a gasket against Michael Katsidis.

Mitchell swears we will see the best of him, going so far as to threaten to retire at 27 if he loses to his bruising buddy.

Friends: Mitchell and Ricky Burns are buddies outside of the ring

Friends: Mitchell and Ricky Burns are buddies outside of the ring

Since we can be sure that the dedicated Burns will turn up in prime condition let’s get ready to rumble, as American announcer Michael Buffer will excite all those in attendance at the SECC and the thousands watching on BoxNation television.

The contrasting styles are equally promising.

Mitchell at his best is an all-action fighting machine ready to go to war. Burns is the more complex technical boxer. Yet the challenger can box a bit, too, while the champion is willing to mix it when the going gets tough.

Both insist they will refuse to back down so much as an inch when it comes to the crunch.

Thus we are promised as fight as furious as it should be close. Burns has home advantage and the raucous atmosphere may give him a slight edge with the judges in the event of a close decision.

Tough to beat: Burns will have home support

Tough to beat: Burns will have home support

Mitchell is burning up inside with the desire to become a world champion and he will not be intimidated by the patriotic Scottish crowd.

The extent of each man’s appetite for battle is likely to be decisive.

Burns will not want to disappoint his fans, let alone forfeit his hard-won title, and he is hungry to become recognised alongside such greats as Ken Buchanan and Jim Watt in the legend of the Scottish ring.

Mitchell, however, is ravenous for that belt. If his preparations have been as good as his word he is capable of putting a slightly early end to a wild night in Glasgow.

Burns-Mitchell is live on BoxNation via Sky Ch 437 and Virgin Ch 546