Kevin Mitchell will face Marco Lopez for the IBF Inter-Continental Lightweight title at The O2 on October 5, live on Sky Sports – and hopes victory will catapult him to a World title clash with IBF king Miguel Vazquez.
Mitchell returned to action in July with a points win over Sebastian Benito at York Hall in July, his first fight since challenging Ricky Burns for the WBO title last September.
A win for the 28 year old would catapult him into the reckoning for a second crack at a World title next year, with Vazquez defending his title on September 28 against Ammeth Diaz, but Vazquez’s fellow Mexican Lopez (23-2) will have designs on the belt himself – and Mitchell says that will make it a barnstorming clash.
“It’s a great chance for me to get right on track for another World title shot,” said Mitchell. “Things are going great with Tony Sims and I’m ready for a test like this at The O2. I am determined to get back into the reckoning for the big prize next year and I’m sure Marco wants to do the same so it’s going to be a massive night.”