Former WBO world lightweight title challenger Kevin Mitchell has failed the check weigh-in ahead of his fight this evening.
Mitchell, 37-2 (27), will fight Canadian Ghislain Maduma (16-0, 10KOs) in an eliminator for Miguel Vazquez’ IBF lightweight title at 135lbs, but after this morning’s failure to make the British Boxing Board’s fight day check-weight there could be complications in the future for the 29-year-old should he win at Wembley tonight.
A win on the undercard of Carl Froch’s WBA and IBF super middleweight title rematch at the national stadium in front of 80,000 people would see Mitchell placed in the mandatory position to face 27-year-old Vázquez of Guadalajara, Mexico in his very next fight.
That said, Vázquez, 27, who is 34-3 (13), could now reject the challenge of Mitchell and does not have to face the West Ham United fan, regardless of his mandatory position, if he doesn’t wish to.
The final eliminator for the IBF title is still on and Mitchell’s opponent, Maduma, will get the mandatory slot should he earn a victory in the capital.
Should Mitchell have his hand raised at the end of the fight, which will be his 40th as a professional, the IBF will ‘consider the position’.