Last night at 02 Arena, Kevin Mitchell produced one of his best performances to record an emphatic victory in his WBC lightweight eliminator against Mexico's Daniel Estrada at a lively O2 arena on Saturday night.
Mitchell (134lbs. 1 oz) picked off Estrada (134lbs. 3 oz) from the opening bell, scoring repeatedly with a lead left uppercut and negated Estrada's superior reach with good head movement.
Mitchell dropped Estrada in the 3rd with a left hook followed by a right hook and an early night looked possible. Kevin charged in looking for the finish but loaded up a bit too much and missed with some wild swings. Estrada then landed a straight left of his own that momentarily bothered Mitchell.
Mitchell returned to the successful formula of leading and countering with the big left, landing it almost at will over the next few rounds and the cumulative effect started to take its toll on the face of Estrada.
Daniel did score with his own left occasionally but Kevin slipped the majority by crouching low and keeping his head moving. Kevin often followed the left uppercut with three and four punch combinations to further confound the Mexican. Estrada started to look tired and bereft of ideas in the 7th as Kevin continued to score with hurtful lefts. In the 8th a two fisted barrage bloodied the face of Estrada and caused referee Ian John Lewis to take a look but allowed the action to continue. Mitchell, fittingly, then landed one last big left uppercut and the referee called a timely halt to the delight of the large contingent of Mitchell fans in the crowd.
Mitchell now becomes mandatory challenger to WBC strap holder Jorge Linares. Another performance of this ilk might just be enough to finally capture a world title for Kevin Mitchell.
Earlier in the evening, Tyler Goodjohn and John Wayne Hibbert served up a crowd pleasing toe to toe scrap at light welter. Both brought a vociferous support but the Hibbert supporters had more to shout about. Tyler had his moments and never took a backward step but John Wayne was always landing the more meaningful punches and eventually forced a stoppage in the the 8th round.
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