Froch v Groves II: Kevin Mitchell determined to gain title shot by beating Ghislain Maduma at Wembley
Kevin Mitchell is determined to seize his chance when he faces Ghislain Maduma in an IBF final eliminator.
Last Updated: 28/05/14 5:27pm
The 29-year-old from Dagenham is confident of taking the Canadian's unbeaten status away on the undercard of Carl Froch v George Groves II and can call upon the support of 80,000 home fans to help him book a clash with world champion Miguel Vazquez.
Speaking at the open workout at Westfield in west London, Mitchell told Sky Sports News: "It's a great opportunity for me. It's a world title eliminator and after this I've got Vazquez in my sight. What a platform to do it on - it's the biggest show in history!
"I've put my whole year into this training. I've made my comeback properly, training solidly for a year and having regular fights for Eddie Hearn with Tony Sims, who's been working wonders with me in the gym.
"I've been sparring the likes of Martin Ward, Ricky Burns. It's been going brilliantly. All the boys like Anthony Joshua are alongside me in the gym. I'm flying for this fight.
"Everyone's buzzing. We're happy. You've got to work hard in this game and working alongside other athletes like that shows you how hard you have to train. We're all working harder to get faster times and it's great.
"I've seen quite a few fights of Maduma's and he likes doing things his own way. He's got fast hands and I imagine he'll be very fit for this fight but if it has to be a war, that's how it will be.
"I've been in a few wars. I've been beaten in two but I wasn't prepared for them. Trust me, when I'm prepared the way I'm prepared now, I'm ready for whoever it has to be.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime crowd. I don't think we'll ever see it again. I said to Anthony Joshua a couple of months back that the only person who could get this kind of crowd again would be him in a few years' time for titles at world level."
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