Kevin Mitchell to make appearance on Saturday

World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Lightweight title challenger Kevin Mitchell will do a pre-match pitch appearance at West Ham United’s home game against Fulham this Saturday.

The Dagenham Destroyer, a big Hammers’ fan who fought Michael Katsidis for the world title at the Boleyn Ground in May 2010, will be announced to the crowd ahead of his second world title attempt against WBO World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns at Glasgow’s SECC on September 22nd.

Mitchell says West Ham’s return to the Premier League will give him the inspiration to beat Scottish hero Burns, the tough two-time and two-weight world champion.

“It’s fantastic that West Ham are back in the Premier League again, they’ve had to fight hard to do it and I’ve had to do the same to get back to the top and challenge for a world title again,” Said Mitchell.

“Seeing the Hammers achieve that has given me a boost to beat Burns in his backyard and bring the world title back to London’s east end,”

“I couldn’t achieve my dream of winning the world title by beating Katsidis, but I would love to return to hold the belt up in front of the crowd at the next home game after I beat Burns.”

Mitchell’s highly anticipated England-Scotland showdown against Burns headlines a top quality card that also features former WBO World Featherweight Champion Scott Harrison, hot unbeaten prospect Bradley Saunders, plus Scottish stars John Thain, Stephen Simmons, Jonathan Slowey, Michael Roberts, Ryan Collins, Sammy Hill and Hugh Gray.

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