10th February 2012
The Dagenham Destroyer Kevin Mitchell overwhelms Dominican Felix Lora and seals an emphatic points win before a full house at York Hall.
Lora was no match for Mitchell's dynamic movement and lightning jab. The Dagenham-fighter's speed was too much for his opponent who, after slipping in the first, was downed in the second by a powerful flurry of body punches followed by a smart left hand.
Although the now 14 - 9 - 5 Dominican made the count, he simply survived the remainder of the round by holding on, while Mitchell combined aggression and patient ring craft to extend a commanding lead.
Lora rallied in the fifth, launching a volley of all-or-nothing punches, although many of these failed to meet their target. There was a heated exchange between the two at the end of the round as Mitchell slipped on a damp patch in the Lora corner.
The fruits of the home fighter's labour began to show in the seventh as Lora completed the round with a bloody nose.
And Mitchell continued to dominate into the late rounds, keeping the fight ticking over as he cruised to a comfortable points victory.
The London lightweight will now set his sights on Ricky Burns' WBO World Championship as he hopes to line up a massive summer bout.
East End favourite Kevin Mitchell is relishing his London return on Friday 10th February at a sold-out York Hall.
The Dagenham Destroyer will face Barcelona based Dominican Republican Felix Lora over ten rounds at lightweight in his first fight since his thrilling win over John Murray last July.
Mitchell's fight against Lora will be shown live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).
With a potential showdown with Scottish rival and WBO World Champion Ricky Burns in the pipeline, WBO Intercontinental champion Mitchell is looking to put on a sparkling performance.
"It's going to be a massive East End crowd at the York Hall and I can't wait to put on a knockout show in front of my fans against Lora," said Mitchell.
"This is the first time since the Michael Katsidis fight in 2010 that I've fought in London and I've had a cracking win against Murray in Manchester so this will be a nice homecoming for me,"
"A fight with Burns is a massive incentive to make sure I'm looking at my best on the night and it's a fight I'd love to have next."
Mitchell will also be raising money on the night for his cousin's son Mitchell Huth who suffers from a rare cancer called neuroblastoma.
He hopes that the money raised will help towards sending the youngster to America for vital treatment.
Mitchell added, "This young lad is the real hero, forget what I've done in the ring, to see Mitchell, who's only six years old, fight his illness is a real inspiration to me and I hope everyone will contribute on the night."
The show will also feature hot unbeaten super-middleweight prospect Frank Buglioni against Ryan Clark over four rounds. The Enfield puncher will be looking to make Clark his third first round win after blasting out Sabie Montieth and Paul Morby.
2008 Olympian Bradley Saunders makes his glittering professional debut and goes straight into a six-rounder at light-welterweight against the experienced Jason Nesbitt.
The card also features rising unbeaten talents Ediz Hussein, Billy Morgan and Gary Corcoran
Amateur ace Bradley Saunders is looking to make a big impact when he makes his highly anticipated professional debut on Friday 10th February at London's sold-out York Hall.
Light-welterweight Saunders skips the traditional entry of four-three minute rounds by going in at six rounds against the experienced Jason Nesbitt on Kevin Mitchell's undercard, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).
Saunders, regarded as one of Britain's best ever amateurs, had a sparkling amateur career that saw him capture bronze at the 2007 World Championships in Chicago; represented Great Britain at the Beijing Olympics and landed silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
The 25-year-old from South Durham said, "I've won everything as an amateur and faced the best in the world so the step next was for me to turn pro and now I'm really looking forward to my new career,"
"For the last few years in the amateurs I've been cruising it and getting the wins and getting the experience, but I've found a new motivation and lease of life in the pros and I'm really enjoying my training and boxing again,"
"I'm 25 now so I've matured and strengthened into a man and I'm going to be a strong light-welterweight, I'm not expecting it to be easy ride though once the head guard comes off, it's going to be a tough learning curve starting with Nesbitt."
The show is headlined by Kevin Mitchell's ten round international lightweight contest against Felix Lora and the undercard feature hot unbeaten super-middleweight prospect Frank Buglioni against Ryan Clark over four rounds and rising talents Ediz Hussein, Billy Morgan and Gary Corcoran.