Daniel Estrada will be backed by Juan Manuel Marquez when he battles Kevin Mitchell
Last Updated: 21/01/15 8:33am
Daniel Estrada has taken inspiration from ring legend Juan Manuel Marquez as he prepares for his crucial lightweight clash with Kevin Mitchell.
The Mexican has linked up with famed trainer Nacho Beristain for his upcoming world title eliminator against Mitchell at London’s 02 Arena on January 31, live on Sky Sports.
During his long ring career, Beristain has worked the corner of Marquez, a multi-weight champion who has agreed to join his compatriot on the trip to the capital.
The winner of his meeting with Mitchell will earn a crack at WBC champion Jorge Linares and Estrada is determined to derail the Dagenham fighter’s career in front of his own support.
“Working alongside Marquez and the rest of his team will help me do something different in the fight,” he said. “I've been doing my running in some mountains near Mexico City called Nevado de Toluca. It's the first time I've worked with Beristain but we’re getting on well and I feel in great shape for this fight.
“I'm in the best shape of my life. I have lots of experience and I've had difficult opponents, even if Mitchell has had more fights than me. I feel this fight is at the right time for me.
“I think that in a fight the only thing that matters is the two boxers in the ring. If people chant things at me, I don't care, it doesn't intimidate me.
“I know what I have to do in the ring and I'm not scared of fighting in his home town in front of his fans. We know that we need to take the fight to him, that's my plan, look for the knockout. I don't want to leave it in the hands of the judges.”
Mitchell-Estrada tops an exciting bill of boxing as John Ryder will be hoping to move further up the middleweight rankings with a win over Argentinian Billi Godoy.
Two exciting light-welterweight contests are also included on the card, with John Wayne Hibbert taking on Tyler Goodjohn and Tommy Martin will battle Ricky Boylan.
Team GB star Charlie Edwards makes his eagerly anticipated professional debut, while exciting lightweight Ohara Davies returns to action.
You can watch Kevin Mitchell's clash with Daniel Estrada on January 31, live on Sky Sports.