Kevin Mitchell has promised to ‘Smash’ John Murray ’to bits’ when they face each other for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title at the ExCel Arena in London’s Dockland on July 9.
Mitchell, 31-1-(23),has not fought since being stopped inside three rounds by Australian tough guy Michael Katsidis in May 2010 but is confident he will inflict The first defeat on Murray’s 31-0-(18), record.
"We’ll get John Murray out the way, smash him to bits, and then win a world title, " Mitchell told Sky Sports.
"I want to get back to the top and that’s where I want to mix it. John is tough but there’s nothing there to worry me. I’ll knock him out.
"He’s aggressive and has been getting away with it at domestic level, but let’s see how he reacts when he walks onto my shots.
Regarding his third round defeat to Katsidis, Mitchell added: "The Katsidis fight didn’t go according to plan, but things were going wrong long before the fight happened," insisted Mitchell.
"It was more due to my lifestyle and things that were happening in my life. My family life wasn’t right.
"I’ve got those things straight now, which is the main thing. If I hadn’t sorted them out I’d never have boxed again.
"Things had to be put right. It was the first time that what was going on in my life then had happened to me.
"It won’t be happening ever again. I’m most definitely in a better place.
Elaborating on his family life Mitchell told Sky Sports: News. "I’ve had 80-odd fights in my life and I’ve only ever lost six times. That was the first(Katsidis fight) I’d lost since I was 15 or 16.
"Now I’m happy and am happy in training."
"After the fight I jumped on the booze for six months. That’s the truth. My mum came into the pub, pulled me out and said ’right kid, you’ve got to get yourself back on track’.
"She said ’you’re better than this, it’s time to sort your head out - you’ve had your time messing around’.
"And she was right. I had my time messing about. My dad was there too.
"So I got back into the gym a month before Christmas, started ticking over and boom, here I am.
"Seeing my mum and dad together, getting me out of the pub and saying buck your ideas up, it gives you a big kick up the backside. The penny dropped ,really."
June 17, 2011