Nothing has ever been handed to undefeated contender Ghislain "Mani" Maduma (16-0, 10 KOs). Unable to get a world title shot, the Congo-born, Montreal fighter is forcing the issue, fighting "Mighty" Kevin Mitchell (37-2, 27 KOs) in his backyard on May 31 on thed Carl Froch-George Groves II undercard at Wembley Stadium in London.
The 29-year-old Maduma is world rated by the World Boxing Council (WBC) at No. 3 and No. 4 by the IBF. Only IBF No. 5-ranked Mitchell, who has failed in two previous world title fights, stands between Maduma and his ultimate goal of a showdown with IBF 135-pound champion Miguel Vazquez.
The largest crowd Maduma has fought in front of has been 8,000 at Bell Centre (Montreal) earlier in his professional career. He realizes that, as a hometown favorite, Mitchell figures to greatly benefit from fans there for Froch and Groves alike.
"This is a very, very big fight for me.
"I want to be known in boxing circles and this fight in front of 80,000 fans in the stadium...