Crunch time for @KevinMitchell6

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Londoner in must-win clash against Estrada

Kevin Mitchell says Saturday night’s clash with Daniel Estrada for the WBC Silver Lightweight title and final eliminator for the World crown is the biggest fight of his career.

Mitchell meets Estrada at The O2 live on Sky Sports, with the Mexican gunning for a second shot at the belt he fought for in August against former champion Omar Figueroa. The strap has since changed hands with Jorge Linares picking up the vacant title in December, and the popular Londoner says this is his last chance to avoid a ‘massive regret’ and become a World ruler.

“I have been fighting now for 20 years and my dream has always been to be a World champion – now is the time for that shot at the title,” said Mitchell. “I am mature now. I have no longer got any boyish ways about me and I am ready for that title.

“Time is running out. I have 40 fights, I am nearly 30 – this is my last shot. If I can get that World title, then I might have another three or four more years left in the game to make some serious money and call it a day. But right now it’s make or break for me, I know that and that’s what makes it more interesting.

“If I can’t beat this kid, I might as well go and get a day job. If I lose this, there won’t be much more left in the sport for me. So it’s 100 per cent a fight I have to win and I really do fancy myself to beat him. My maturity of mind will be a strong asset for me.

“I am ready now, I am mature enough and man enough for them now. Before I don’t think that I was, now I know I am. It’s the last straw and that’s what is making even hungrier for it. I am at my peak now, based on my maturity and experience.

“I should have been a World champion years ago and I should be made for life now, but things happen in your life and career, that’s what makes the story of a fighter. I wouldn’t change the way my life has gone one bit, I messed up when I was young, had a few problems at home, made comebacks, got beaten by Ricky for a World title, come back again. That journey is what makes a fighter. It would be easy for me to call it a day and get a job – I don’t want to do that, I want to fight and win a World title – that’s not easy, it’s not easy being in the gym, putting your body through a camp, sparring these young and hungry lads when I am 30 – it’s not easy but I love it.

“Not winning a World title would be a massive regret. My trainer Tony Sims has said to me that if I don’t win a World title it would be unbelievable. I am heavy handed, I am talented, I work hard – I have had my ups and downs but right now is my time to make sure that I don’t have to live with that regret. Ghislain Maduma is probably the best opponent I have been in with – tricky, heavy fast hands – and I took him apart. I am at the stage now that I am ready for a World title fight.”

Mitchell’s clash with Estrada is part of a huge night of action in Greenwich as John Ryder defends his WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title against Billi Godoy.

There’s a tasty pair of Light Welterweight bouts as John Wayne Hibbert and Tyler Goodjohn meet for Hibbert’s WBC International strap and Tommy Martin and Ricky Boylan square up for the vacant English title.

Team GB star Charlie Edwards makes his hotly anticipated pro debut on the bill, as does Cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain, as Ohara Davies, Ben Hall and Lee Markham make their first appearances in 2015.

Only £40, £60 and £100 tickets are available for the show at http://www.theO2.co.uk and on 0844 856 0202.

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@jmmarquez_1: Estrada here for the W

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Mexican legend in town and expects a great fight on Saturday

Juan Manuel Marquez has backed Daniel Estrada to defeat Kevin Mitchell when the pair clash at The O2 on Saturday night (January 31), live on Sky Sports.

The Mexican legend is part of Team Estrada as he takes on Mitchell for the WBC Silver Lightweight title in a final eliminator the World strap.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Matchroom Boxing met Marquez ahead of this weekend’s action: http://youtu.be/OOpw0r6AF5I

Estrada challenged Omar Figueroa for that title in August in Los Angeles, giving the champion everything he could handle in an entertaining nine round fight on the undercard of Kell Brook’s World title win over Shawn Porter, and four-weight World king Marquez is backing his man to land a second shot at the crown – but knows that Mitchell poses a tough challenge.

“That’s a dream that Daniel has,” said Marquez. “He fought for the World 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, to win and then to fight for the World title again. I think that Mitchell wants the same thing.

“The most important thing here is to come and win with the mentality that he wants to fight for the World title. He comes motivated and with this big hope to win. Every fighter’s dream is to fight for the World title. That’s why he is here in England.

“Mitchell 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.”

Marquez joined Estrada in his ten week training camp with hall of fame trainer Nacho Beristáin, and he is in no doubt that ‘Tremendo’ is in the best shape possible to earn the win.

“I trained or went running with him often and it was a good training camp,” said Marquez. “He comes here in good condition, he comes to win, like all fighters do. He’s doing very well in terms of his condition. It was a tough and hard training camp and he’s here to put on a great fight.

“Daniel wanted to run in the mountains to be in great shape and get that strength and we’re hoping to see the results of that on Saturday.

“I form part of his team and I also have something to do with the promotion of Daniel with Fernando Beltrán and Zanfer Promotions. At the same time I support him in terms of training and what he has to do as a boxer. We help him outside of boxing as well.”
Estrada’s clash with Mitchell is part of a great line-up of action at The O2 as John Ryder defends his WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title against Billi Godoy.

There’s a tasty pair of Light Welterweight bouts as John Wayne Hibbert and Tyler Goodjohn meet for Hibbert’s WBC International strap and Tommy Martin and Ricky Boylan square up for the vacant English title.

Team GB star Charlie Edwards makes his hotly anticipated pro debut on the bill, as does Cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain, as Ohara Davies, Ben Hall and Lee Markham make their first appearances in 2015.

Only £40 tickets are available for the show at http://www.theO2.co.uk and on 0844 856 0202.

#CapitalPunishment Preview by Paul Ready

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The first show of 2015 is upon us, later than envisaged after the horrific injury to Anthony Crolla cancelled his 23rd Jan title shot.

You have to go back 8 weeks to December 6th for Matchroom’s last show – Prizefighter at York Hall. 10 weeks ago was Cleverly Bellew 2 – which only seemed like yesterday.

An injury sustained to Anthony Joshua resulted in him having to pull out of the scheduled bout with Kevin Johnson at the O2 this Saturday- so let’s look at who is fighting in more detail:

 

Kevin Mitchell v Daniel Estrada – Vacant Lightweight WBC Silver title

After missing the fight morning check-weight of his IBF final eliminator in May – The Hammer(38-2: 28KO’s) has another and some believe a final chance to become world champion.

Standing in his way is Mexican Estrada (34-3: 24KO’s) a man who was stopped in the 9th against WBC champion Omar Figueroa – on the Kell Brook v Shawn Porter undercard.

Another intriguing aspect to this contest is the 29 yr old “Tremendo” has recently linked up with Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain – arguably the greatest Mexican trainer of all time.The 75 yr old has trained the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, Daniel Zaragoza and Abner Mares.

Mitchell’s trainer Tony Sims will relish the opportunity to pit-his-wits against such an illustrious name in the opposite corner – Sims I have spent time with and his knowledge for the sport is second to none. In what is expected to be an explosive affair in stages, the winner could well boil down to the man who executes his trainer’s game-plan to sublimity.

A truly mouth-watering encounter and one I cannot wait to see unfold – I’ve got Mitchell by a close decision.

 

John Ryder v Billi Godoy – WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title

Another late change of opponent for Ryder (19-1: 11KO’s) is something unfortunately he has become accustom to. On this occasion it is not politics but a pull-out from Australian Les Sherrington.

His replacement is Argentinian Billi Godoy (31-3: 15KO’s) who has previously beaten Jorge Sebastien Heiland – ironically the 1st choice opponent for Ryder on this date.

I watched Godoy v Martin Rios last night, Godoy lost via stoppage and whilst I did see a tricky foe for The Gorilla – it is a fight I believe he can look great in. The 28 yr old will stand in-front of the Islington man and there will be ample opportunities for Ryder to get inside & go to town.

I’m going for a 7th round stoppage for the 26 yr old Brit and then attention can turn to climbing the WBO rankings or a big name.

I’m going to put this out there – I’d love to see Ryder v Macklin on May 9th in Birmingham. Judging by the manner of his defeat last year to Heiland, Macklin needs a tough fight to prove to himself and his doubters that he isn’t finished – who could be better than Ryder?

It’s a dangerous fight for both men but I would favour John going in to this as I do see Macklin as vulnerable – it could be the great break-out fight for him. Failing that happening, either Willie Monroe Jr #7 or Lajos Mark Nagy #5 in WBO would be the level of opposition required for The Gorilla to progress towards a mandatory position.

 

John Wayne Hibbert v Tyler Goodjohn – WBC International Light-Welter title

This is the one I am really looking forward to. They can’t stand each other and both have big followings who will be attendance on Saturday evening.

Hibbert (14-2: 8KO’s) holds the WBC International belt and he will have his work-cut-out against a revitalized Goodjohn (11-3: 4KO’s). El Tornado beat Ricky Boylan in a near shut-out back in October to capture the English title. Goodjohn won plenty of new fans and plaudits alike for his master-class performance – which was tactically perfect from trainer Peter Sims.

The 30 yr old Hibbert is a man not to be underestimated – all four of his past fights have come by way of knockout and he believes this fight will be no different.

Both men have aspirations of winning the British title in the foreseeable future, a defeat here would put a severe dent in their chances. Pride on the line and high stakes in a domestically deep division. I’m backing 23 yr old Goodjohn to take a win by decision.

 

 

Ricky Boylan v Tommy Martin – Vacant English Light-Welter title

In another fantastic trade-fight this Saturday we have “Pretty” Ricky Boylan facing Tommy “The Gun” Martin fighting for the vacant English Light-Welter strap.

Boylan (12-1: 4KO’s) will be hoping it is second time lucky in his quest to capture the English title – for Martin (10-0: 3KO’s) it is an opportunity to see how good he really is.

Pretty Ricky is being trained by Jamie Moore for the second consecutive fight and sacrificed life with his young family in Surrey – travelling up to Moss Side Fire Station for this camp – he needs to demonstrate it has been worthwhile.

Boylan looks in unbelievable condition for this fight and he will need to get out of the blocks much faster against Martin than he did against Goodjohn – Ricky didn’t win a round for me until the 8th.

Martin is still raw and there is an unknown quantity with him that will be fully tested this weekend – can he mix it in the domestic Light-Welter scene?

I’m going for a Boylan late stoppage – I think he has forged a great bond with Moore and the fight has come maybe a tad too soon for Martin.

 

Charlie Edwards and Issac Chamberlain make their professional debuts, Light-Middle prospect Ben Hall faces his toughest test to date against Southpaw experienced Ryan Toms and O’Hara Davies will be looking to go 5-0 against Lee Gibbons.

 

All fights will be live on Skysports from 8pm.

 

@PaulReady

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@CEdwardsBoxing destined for the top according to Magri

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British legend says amateur star is a World champion in the making

Charlie Magri has tipped Charlie Edwards to go all the way in the professional game as he makes his debut in the paid ranks at The O2 on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.

Magri famously won the British Flyweight title in just his third fight when he was 21, the age that Edwards is as he enters the ring in Greenwich this weekend. ‘Champagne Charlie’ went on to win World and European titles after a fine amateur background himself, and with Edwards carrying an impressive CV from Team GB into the pros, Magri believes he can emulate his success.

“He’s got a great chance to become a World champion, he looks the part and you can feel it just talking to him,” said Magri. “He’s got a wise head on young shoulders. I used to know if I was going to have a hard fight or it just by talking to a fighter and looking at how they carried themselves, and Charlie has that confidence already. He looks like a he loves to train and you can see that he wants it, he’s got everything.”

Magri met Edwards ahead of Saturday night’s action and gave the Croydon youngster some pointers ahead of his big night at The O2.

“Charlie looked at me and said he could tell I was a fighter just by the look and shape of me,” said Edwards. “He gave me some good tips, telling me not to headhunt, tell me not to kill myself at the weight, look at moving up if the weight is becoming an issue, he said he felt strong in sparring bigger guys but always had in his head that he was a Flyweight, it was great to see him and hold his WBC World title belt, that was a thrill and that’s the belt everyone wants.”

Edwards’ professional debut is part of a great night of action at The O2 as Kevin Mitchell faces Daniel Estrada for the vacant WBC Silver Lightweight title and an eliminator for the World title and John Ryder will defend his WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title against Billi Godoy.

There’s a tasty pair of Light Welterweight bouts as John Wayne Hibbert and Tyler Goodjohn meet for Hibbert’s WBC International strap and Tommy Martin and Ricky Boylan square up for the vacant English title.

There’s a debut for Cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain, as Ohara Davies, Ben Hall and Lee Markham make their first appearances in 2015.

Only £40, £60 and £100 tickets are available for the show at http://www.theO2.co.uk and on 0844 856 0202.

@frankiegavin1 signs for Matchroom and is gunning for Brook

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Gavin headlines May 9 NIA card with Macklin, Yafai brothers and Eggington

Frankie Gavin has signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing and will headline a show at The Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on May 9, live on Sky Sports.

Gavin will fight under Hearn for the first time on the undercard of Kell Brook’s IBF Welterweight World title defence against Jo Jo Dan at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on March 28 before heading home in May in front of a huge crowd with a brilliant line-up in support.

World rated Middleweight Matthew Macklin boxes in Birmingham for the first time in almost five years as he looks to bounce back from defeat to Jorge Sebastian Heiland, unbeaten Super Flyweight sensation Kal Yafai will be in title action on the card and his brother Gamal will continue his rise in the pro ranks and all-action Stourbridge youngster Sam Eggington will be hoping for a major title bout on the bill should he beat Shayne Singleton in Hull on March 7.

It’s the first major show in the second city for Matchroom Sport for 13 years since Nigel Benn and Prince Naseem Hamed featured on a bill in May 1992, and Hearn is delighted to be bringing big-time boxing back to Birmingham.

“I can’t wait to get going with Matchroom,” said Gavin. “I don’t think many people have seen me fight recently but I am back in Birmingham and back on Sky Sports and the sky is the limit.

“The fight against Kell Brook is the aim for me. I am number five in the IBF rankings and he is the champion, hopefully by the end of the year or the start of 2016 I can fight him for the title.

“You’ve got Matthew, the Yafai brothers and Sam on the May 9 bill already – we’re all from different parts of Birmingham and we’re all going to bring great support to the shows, there’s going to be space for a lot of young local lads to get on the bill and make a name for themselves so it’s great news for boxing in Birmingham.”

“Firstly to Frankie Gavin – welcome to the team!” said Hearn. “Frankie has long been one of the most talented fighters in the country and now it’s time to shine. I haven’t seen him smile for a long time and now it’s ‘Funtime’; time to enjoy his career, the exposure and the big lights. Frankie will defend one of his three titles on the huge Kell Brook card on March 28 at Sheffield Arena and then headline at the NIA in Birmingham on May 9. I have lost count of the number of tweets and messages I have had asking us to come to Birmingham and now the waiting is over!”

Tickets will go on sale to Matchroom Fight Pass members on Monday February 16 and on general sale the following day – further information on prices will be released soon.

Godoy: Heiland and Baldomir wins mean @_John_Ryder_ is no problem

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Argentine’s prize scalps see him confident of success in London

Billi Godoy says he’ll draw on his wins over Jorge Sebastien Heiland and Carlos Baldomir as he challenges John Ryder for the WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title at The O2 on Saturday (January 31), live on Sky Sports.

The Argentine is looking to upset Ryder’s plans of bursting into the top ten of the WBO rankings and charging to a title shot this year, and the visitor believes beating former World champion Baldomir and fellow countryman Heiland proves he has the class to defeat the Islington favourite.

“I am in good shape for this fight because I’ve had some good wins,” said Godoy. “I had a high ranking when I beat Carlos Baldomir and Heiland. I have belief that if I win on Saturday I’ll be up there in the rankings again.

“I was already training for a fight in Argentina but they called me to fight over in England for a title, which interested me. So we accepted the fight. I know John is a southpaw, he has good technique and he’s a good boxer so I’ll have to be very intelligent in the way that I fight him.

“Fights are fights. I always respect my rivals. I have my experience and a lot of confidence. I’m sure it’s going to be a great fight, I’m going to win as I always do.

“It was a very strange sensation being in the ring with Baldomir who was like an idol to me. He’s fought the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Arturo Gatti and Zab Judah so I never thought I’d be facing him in the ring in my life! Anyway, I had to fight him, he was my rival and I had to treat him as such.”

Godoy is no stranger to fighting in Europe after spending a lot of his early career in Austria and Germany after a chance meeting.

“I went to Austria just for a holiday where I then met a businessman, we got on well, he was involved in boxing and he liked how I fought so he offered me a chance to stay in Austria,” said Godoy. “I won four fights, I then went to live in Hamburg working with Universum Boxing. I was in Europe for nearly three years. It was a very good experience. My Dad took Aldo Nazareno Ríos to England to fight Ricky Hatton and then also to fight Jason Cook, but this is my first time in England.”

Godoy’s clash with Ryder is part of a great line-up in London as Kevin Mitchell faces Daniel Estrada for the vacant WBC Silver Lightweight title and an eliminator for the World title.

There’s a tasty pair of Light Welterweight bouts as John Wayne Hibbert and Tyler Goodjohn meet for Hibbert’s WBC International strap and Tommy Martin and Ricky Boylan square up for the vacant English title.

Team GB star Charlie Edwards makes his hotly anticipated pro debut on the bill, as does Cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain, as Ohara Davies, Ben Hall and Lee Markham make their first appearances in 2015.

Only £40, £60 and £100 tickets are available for the show at www.theO2.co.uk and on 0844 856 0202.

@Brian_Lion_Rose: “Must win against Jones”

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Brian Rose says his clash with Carson Jones on February 14 at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool live on Sky Sports is a must-win contest if he wants to fulfil his World champion ambitions.

Rose meets the American for the vacant WBC International Light Middleweight title but the Blackpool ace says there is more on the line than just the belt as he aims to get back into range of another World title shot.

The 29 year old challenged Demetrius Andrade for the WBO crown in June in New York, and was stopped by the Rhode Island star in the seventh round. Rose admitted he froze on the big stage, but with that experience in his locker, he believes he can make a second chance count – providing he gets past Jones.

“Boxing only lasts so long, I want to give it one more big push to win a World title so February 14 is must win,” said Rose. “I won’t step back down to British title level, no disrespect to the guys there, but I am finished with that level. So if I get beaten at this stage then I am done as I want to be a World champion. I have given myself a level to operate at, and that is World level, losing to Carson Jones means it is not worth carrying on as I am not going to stick around to get beaten. I am that confident though of beating him and going on to get a World title shot and this time performing to my best.”

Rose’s clash with Jones tops a big night of action in Blackpool as eight contenders battle it out in the 35th edition of Prizefighter, with the Middleweights line-up featuring five fighters putting their ‘0’ on the line in Tom Doran, Mick Hall, Craig Cunningham (all 11-0), Luke Keeler (7-0) and Blackpool’s own Jack Arnfield (17-0). They are joined by Cumbria’s Liam Conroy (7-2), Peterborough’s ‘Dangerous’ Cello Renda (25-10-2) and Warren Tansey (10-1).

Only £40 tickets remain available to buy at www.MatchroomBoxing.com.

@SpecialKBrook faces Jo Jo Dan

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Sheffield star meets his mandatory in first defence

Kell Brook will defend his IBF World Welterweight title against number one mandatory challenger ‘Jo Jo’ Dan at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on March 28.

The Sheffield star landed the title in August with a career-high win over Shawn Porter and makes a long-awaited return to action in his hometown, with his first defence of the title being his first fight in the Steel City since he stopped Vyacheslav Senchenko in October 2013.

Brook dives straight into the deep-end following his life-threatening injury when he was attacked whilst on holiday in September as he meets the Canadian-based Romanian Dan, who edged out Kevin Bizier in a final eliminator for ‘The Special One’s’ title in December.

“After everything that’s happened over the last six months, it feels incredible knowing I will be defending my World title in Sheffield,” said Brook. “I want to get this mandatory out of the way and then target those mega fights that are out there in the division. There is no chance that I will be underestimating Jo Jo Dan though as I know how he will be feeling having worked so hard to get into the mandatory position just like I did, but I will be working twice as hard to keep the belt that I earned.”

Brook’s first World title defence is supported by a great undercard as talented Steel City favourite Adam Etches defends his IBF International Middleweight title against Sergey Khomitsky, Gavin McDonnell continues his fairy tale story challenging Ukrainian Oleksander Yegorov for the vacant European Super Bantamweight title. Kal Yafai continues his march towards a World title, GB Podium squad member Charlie Edwards fights for the second time in the paid ranks on the bill. There will be a major announcement early next week regarding a further addition to the stacked card.

“To see Kell walk out in front of a sold-out crowd in his hometown of Sheffield is going to be an emotional night,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Kell has gone to America and beaten an American to win the World title – it’s a massive achievement and it shows that he is a very, very special fighter. Jo Jo Dan is a tough fight, there’s no way that Kell can be anything but 100 per cent to beat him – and I have no doubt that he will be. There are some massive fights out there for Kell if he can take care of Jo Jo, but his focus is solely on Dan and I expect him to shine on March 28.”

Tickets are on sale now to Matchroom Fight Pass members at http://www.matchroomboxing.com priced at £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 and £250 for VIP tickets.

Tickets go on general sale at midday the following day (January 23) with tickets priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 available from the Motorpoint Arena on 0114 2565656 and at http://www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk. VIP tickets at £250 are exclusively available from Matchroom Boxing at http://www.matchroomboxing.com.

Godoy replaces Sherrington for @_John_Ryder_

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Argentine test for ‘The Gorilla’ at The O2

Billi Godoy has replaced Les Sherrington as John Ryder’s opponent in his first defence of his WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title at The O2 on January 31, live on Sky Sports.

Godoy will proved a stern test of Ryder’s ambitious plans for 2015 with the Argentine holding a victory over fellow countryman Jorge Sebastien Heiland who stopped Matthew Macklin in November. Godoy claimed the vacant WBC International belt with that win, a title he successfully defended against Mateo Veron, and he has the chance to take Ryder’s belt after Sherrington was forced out of the contest with a foot injury.

“Godoy is a great opponent for John,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Billi has operated at a good level, he’s a tough Argentine that will ask John plenty of questions. We are looking to let John off the leash this year, Tony Sims has told me he is in great nick in the gym and I am expecting him to excite the fans on a big night in London.”

Ryder’s clash with Godoy is part of a great line-up of action at The O2 as Kevin Mitchell faces Daniel Estrada for the vacant WBC Silver Lightweight title and an eliminator for the World title.

There’s a tasty pair of Light Welterweight bouts as John Wayne Hibbert and Tyler Goodjohn meet for Hibbert’s WBC International strap and Tommy Martin and Ricky Boylan square up for the vacant English title.

Team GB star Charlie Edwards makes his hotly anticipated pro debut on the bill, as does Cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain, as Ohara Davies, Ben Hall and Lee Markham make their first appearances in 2015.

Only £40, £60 and £100 tickets are available for the show at http://www.theO2.co.uk and on 0844 856 0202.

Estrada: @jmmarquez_1 Support priceless against @KevinMitchell6

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Legend flying in to support Estrada in London

Daniel Estrada has warned Kevin Mitchell he is in for a tough night at The O2 on January 31, live on Sky Sports, and he’s got the backing of Juan Manuel Marquez to drive him to victory.

Estrada and Mitchell clash for the vacant WBC Silver Lightweight title in an eliminator for the World title with the popular Londoner confident of landing a third World title shot.

The visitor from Mexico has other ideas though as he looks to land a second shot at the belt he challenged champion Omar Figueroa for in August. Estrada has teamed up with Juan Manuel Marquez’s Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain and will be accompanied and supported by the Mexican legend in London, and that boost could give him the edge in this crucial bout.

“Working alongside Marquez and the rest of his team will help me do something different in the fight,” said Estrada. “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 are 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.

“I’ve had the chance to fight for this Silver title before but I couldn’t win it. I like fighting for titles and I want another world title chance.

“I accept that Omar Figueroa beat me, I recognise my defeat and I have no excuses, I just want to get another chance.”

Estrada’s clash with Mitchell is part of a great line-up of action at The O2 as John Ryder defends his WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title against Les Sherrington.

There’s a tasty pair of Light Welterweight bouts as John Wayne Hibbert and Tyler Goodjohn meet for Hibbert’s WBC International strap and Tommy Martin and Ricky Boylan square up for the vacant English title.

Team GB star Charlie Edwards makes his hotly anticipated pro debut on the bill, as does Cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain, as Ohara Davies, Ben Hall and Lee Markham make their first appearances in 2015.

Only £40 tickets are available for the show at www.theO2.co.uk and on 0844 856 0202.