The upcoming Ricky Burns vs. Kevin Mitchell lightweight bout seems to have been on the roadmap for quite some time. However, for one reason or another it hasn’t come into fruition until now. Having grown into his champion’s status, Burns has shown consistency and epitomizes what hard work and determination can do for a fighter on the cusp. In the other corner, you have the “Dagenham Destroyer”, who was on a world championship tilt until those plans were derailed by the dangerous Michael Katsidis.
Having put that fight to rest, we now have a legitimate title challenger in Mitchell who has seen off John Murray and Felix Lora to earn a crack at Burns’s belt. So, as we approach this great domestic fight let’s take a look at the 5 keys for victory for each combatant.
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5 Keys to victory for Ricky Burns
Reach – Burns is the taller of the two, and will go into the bout with a few inches of reach over Mitchell. Therefore, if he uses the jab effectively it...