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Mitchell Stops Murray To Win WBO Title

Year away, same destructive form from Mitchell

Posted Jul 19, 2011 by Chris White

Kevin Mitchell returned from a year out to beat John Murray

A stunning performance from Kevin Mitchell saw him walk away from the Echo Arena on Saturday with the WBO inter-continental lightweight title, having been away from the ring for over a year.

The 26-year old from Dagenham unleashed some huge punches on John Murray, forcing the referee to stop the fight in the eighth round, meaning Mitchell would take the vacant belt.

Murray seemed to have one up on his opponent in the early stages, but Mitchell seemed in no mood to suffer his second career defeat – the first coming against Michael Katsidis the last time he was in a boxing ring. Mitchell upped his game as the rounds progressed, having Murray rocking in the seventh round before the bell called time on his assault.

That just seemed to delay the inevitable, however, and the referee brought the fight to an early end in the next round, sending Mancunian Murray to the canvas.

Murray was certainly the most aggressive of the pair, but Mitchell was more destructive. The Manchester fighter landed more punches than Mitchell, but only a couple seemed to have the Dagenham man in trouble, whereas Mitchell’s shots seemed to rock Murray each time. If the fight was going on punches landed, Murray would have been a winner without a doubt, but unfortunately for him, that’s not how boxing works.

On the same evening, Ricky Burns beat Nicky Cook in the first round of their clash, with Cook appearing to injure his back while trying to avoid a punch, and Tony Bellew beat Ovill McKenzie to add the British light-heavyweight title to his collection, and could now face Nathan Cleverly for the WBO light-heavyweight title. Frankie Gavin secured a split points decision victory against ex-footballer Curtis Woodhouse on the same night.

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