Kevin Mitchell will face Daniel Estrada for the WBC Silver lightweight title at the O2 on January 31, live on Sky Sports.
Mitchell returns to action for the first time since his thrilling stoppage win over Ghislain Maduma at Wembley Stadium on May 31, where the Canadian gave ‘Mighty’ Mitchell all he could handle before the 30-year-old turned the tide and stopped the visitor in the 11th round.
Estrada’s last outing was a world title challenge against Omar Figueroa in Los Angeles in August on the undercard of Kell Brook’s world title win, where promoter Eddie Hearn got a first row look at the former Silver champion as he aims to make the bout a final eliminator for the world title.
“Mitchell vs. Estrada is a great fight,” said Hearn. “I was ringside in Carson when he took on Figueroa for the WBC title and he put up a great fight. We have applied to the WBC to make this fight a final eliminator for the WBC title with the winner to face the winner of Jorge Linares vs. Javier Prieto and we will be pushing the request at the upcoming convention, I expect it to be successful. It’s all part of a cracking line up at the O2.”
Mitchell’s showdown with Estrada takes place on a huge night of boxing in the capital as Olympic gold medal sensation Anthony Joshua MBE kicks off 2015 with a huge test against former world title challenger Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson. Joshua has a perfect 10 KO wins from 10 pro fights, and will put out a big statement if he can successfully defend his WBC International heavyweight title against the American and make it 11 KOs against the man that has taken Vitali Klitschko, Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora the distance.
Islington middleweight John Ryder defends his WBO Inter-Continental title and there are two cracking domestic derbies as Tommy Martin meets Ricky Boylan for the vacant English light welterweight title and John Wayne Hibbert defends his WBC International light welterweight title against Tyler Goodjohn.
Tickets go on sale at midday today (November 26) to Matchroom Fight Pass members priced £40, £60, £100 and £150 VIPs from www.matchrooomboxing.com
Tickets go on general sale tomorrow from midday with £40, £60 and £100 tickets available from The O2 at www.theO2.co.uk and on 0844 856 0202. VIP tickets are available exclusively from Matchroom Boxing.
Courtesy of the Matchroom Boxing press office