Boxing Preview – Kevin Mitchell vs Jorge Linares

Boxing Preview – Kevin Mitchell vs Jorge Linares

9pm) Kevin Mitchell vs Jorge Linares

Next in line for a World title on the night is the man from West Ham, Kevin Mitchell, who has turned a corner in his career and is probably at the height of his game right now. His dream is to earn a World title, and after failing the first time, he will be motivated this evening, but that won’t be an easy task as he has to rip it from the clutches of the hard hitting WBC World lightweight champion, Jorge Linares.

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Jorge Linares has been on a warpath since late 2012 after suffering two stoppage losses to Antonio DeMarco and Sergio Thompson. The Venezuelan was once tipped as Boxing’s next best thing, and he does have the the experienced credentials in the form of seven World title fights. He won every round against the tough Jap Nihito Arakawa in March 2014, knocked out Ira Terry in the second in August before winning the belt he holds now in four rounds, knocking out Javier Prieto. Linares has 38 wins and and 25 stoppages to his name, but all three losses were also by stoppage too.

Linares has an imposing technical ability which is a product of his amateur career, but he has also learned to be a dangerous puncher from deadly combination punching, putting a little bit of bang behind his strikes. Linares, as aforementioned,has bags of experience and that will pay dividends as he has likely faced opponents of Mitchell’s standard before. Linares has displayed a reluctance to cumulative shots and he has folded whilst under pressure which is how Mitchell has won his previous few bouts.

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Mitchell has turned a corner in a big way in his career. After struggling with depression and alcohol related problems which put a bump in his career, it seems like Mitchell is finally taking things seriously with his ultimate goal being a World championship, and he has shown World champion material in his previous three performances. He stopped Mikheil Avakyan in two rounds, before then stopping the unbeaten Ghislain Maduma after being down on the cards going into the 11th round at Wembley. He earned his shot after beating Juan Manuel Marquez’ training partner Daniel Estrada in January, stopping him in the eighth.

Mitchell has a fair technical ability, but has shown that his strengths are the way he sets up his angles, and his forward and lateral movement. He employs a very rough style and while his technical ability serves him well, he does well by slipping power punches on the inside, forcing the opponent to an uncomfortable brawl. He has some power which can finish fights, shown by his stoppage streak he’s currently on, and his cumulative punching will serve him well against Linares. He has shown his chin isn’t titanium however and he has a tendency to get outboxed by better all-round Boxers which Linares is.

 

This is a hard fight to weigh-up, and one of the few on the night where either man can win. Both men have very reckless styles on there night and that’s why I personally don’t think this fight will see the last quarter. With both men looking likely to resort to a brawl, I see the referee stepping in at some point. If I had to pick, I’d go with Linares to take the win who has proven his worth as a stylish Boxer and a man who has prided himself on being very hard to beat. Mitchell struggled to outbox Maduma, and Linares is a level above Maduma. I expect the action to resume from the opening bell, with the stoppage coming in the middle rounds to the ninth.

Dan Glozier.

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