Mitchell ready for big time
London-based fighter wants to rule lightweight ranks
Last Updated: 15/05/10 4:05pm
Mitchell: Eying breakthrough win
British fighter Kevin Mitchell says he is ready to join the elite boxers of the world by defeating Michael Katsidis on Saturday night.
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The interim WBO lightweight title will be at stake when the two face off at Upton Park, but Mitchell is looking beyond the belt.
Katsidis is a seasoned campaigner at world level, having battled the likes of Juan Diaz and Joel Casamayor.
And Mitchell is hoping that claiming the big-name scalp will raise his profile within the lightweight ranks.
"I'm approaching this as a world title fight, but it doesn't bother me if it's a non-title fight. I've got my mind set on it," the 25-year-old Londoner said.
"Katsidis is highly thought of but when I win it will make me a bigger name and I'm ready to step up. This is what I dreamt of as a kid.
"People will sit up and take notice of me when I beat him because he's a name.
"Katsidis has fought in Las Vegas and on top bills against some great fighters like Juan Diaz.
"He's lost twice but has always given a good account of himself. He's tough and if I take him out in style it will show what I've got.
"He's strong and is a tough man but that will be his downfall, I'll walk through him.
"He's an aggressive tough guy who will walk forward for 12 rounds but I've got the tools to beat him."
Mitchell has already set his sights on fighting either Juan Manuel Marquez or Juan Diaz, who face each other in July.
He added: "I'll probably end up meeting the winner out of that in a unification bout.
"I'd love to fight Marquez most of all - he's the biggest dangerman out there."