Kevin Mitchell wants to stay active after his comeback this coming Saturday
Kevin Mitchell is looking to mix it with the best domestic lightweights over the coming year.
Last Updated: 03/07/13 4:20pm
The Essex banger has already had two tilts at the WBO strap, losing to Michael Katsidis and Ricky Burns, but has been largely inactive due to personal problems and promotional issues.
Still only 28, Mitchell is looking to make a fresh start when he returns at the York Hall on Saturday night after re-joining his old trainer Tony Sims.
He has been working hard in the gym and says sparring has really brought him on.
"Tony's been working on my defence and combinations and it's been great," he said. "Tony's gym is fantastic, the sparring is brilliant - you've got lads like Martin J. Ward and Ryan Taylor plus all the other Matchroom lads that come down, it keeps me on my toes.
"I did some sparring with Luke Campbell last week which was great, he's quick, very good defence and he's top, top class so I'm in a very good place.
"Basically I want to keep active, warm-up fights, no big names. You can't keep having fights after lots of time out, you can't keep doing it.
"I just want to stay in the gym and maybe have another couple of fights before Christmas, and see where we go from there.
"In 12 months, who knows, perhaps their could be a title there. Eddie (Hearn)'s guidance is brilliant. I'll go with his and Tony's guidance.
"I want to get back up there, I want be world champion. I'm not playing games and being stopped in four rounds. I want to be in it for the long haul and beat these guys again."
Mitchell is looking forward to his low-key return when he appears on the latest Prizefighter bill this weekend, before bigger assignments later in the year.
"After the big shows being on a small show is a blessing in disguise," he added. "I can just get my head down and be in a fight where there's no pressure, I can go in there and relax and shed a bit of ring rust.
"York Hall will be lovely and it's my home of boxing. I had my first win there when I was 12. It's always explosive so I'm going to put on a big performance.
"Anthony Crolla just beat Gavin Rees and they both interest me and I'll be keeping a close eye on the Derry Mathews and Tommy Coyle fight next week - there are some big British dust-ups out there, and I love those fights as much as the fans and TV do."
Mitchell will take on Frenchman Sebastien Benito in a 10-round contest on Saturday, with Benito (10-6) having lost his last two fights on points.