Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez backs Daniel Estrada to beat Kevin Mitchell
Last Updated: 29/01/15 1:45pm
Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez has backed Daniel Estrada to "put on a show" against Kevin Mitchell on Saturday night.
Marquez has seen first-hand how hard Estrada has prepared for an O2 date that he hopes will be a stepping stone to a second shot at the WBC lightweight title.
An August challenge for former champion Omar Figueroa's belt ended in a ninth-round stoppage but, according to Marquez, that experience has only made Estrada hungrier.
“That (world title) is a dream that Daniel has,” said Marquez, a four-weight world champion whose four-fight series with Manny Paqcuiao will go down as one of boxing's great rivalries.
Marquez is now involved with Estrada's training and promotion, and he said: "Daniel fought for the title against Omar Figueroa. It didn’t go well but he wants to vindicate himself with the WBC Silver belt which will open the door to another world title fight. He comes with that dream."
Mitchell has also failed once at world level, going down to Ricky Burns in four rounds in 2012, and Marquez said: "I think that Mitchell wants the same thing. He is a good fighter, he’s a man who has kept himself at a good level in terms of his style of boxing.
"I think it’s a difficult fight for Daniel, difficult because of Mitchell’s style and also because the fight is in his country. It’s an interesting and important fight and it will be good for the fans watching.
"I always say that when a Mexican is in the ring he’s going to put on a good show, and he wants the victory, that’s why fans enjoy fights involving Mexicans.”
Mitchell-Estrada tops a Capital Punishment bill also featuring middleweight prospect John Ryder's 10-rounder againt Billi Godoy and the professional debut of Team GB flyweight Charlie Edwards.
Watch this Saturday's Capital Punishment bill live on Sky Sports 1 from 8pm.