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Lincoln boxer Mitch Mitchell relishes being the underdog

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 26, 2012

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Mitch Mitchell insists fighting in enemy territory is perfect for "psyching himself up" as he vowed to build on a promising start to his career.

The light-heavyweight prospect produced a stunning performance recently when he defeated the previously unbeaten Adrian Clegg with a brilliant knockout victory.

Mitchell, dubbed Mad Dog, stopped Clegg in the third round of their contest in Sheffield with a devastating finish to underline his potential.

He is now hoping to follow that display with further victories in two fights at the end of this month and early December.

Again he will venture into his rivals' backyard, but says his performance against Clegg is proof that he relishes being the underdog.

"He was six unbeaten and given I lost my first fight, they assumed I would be another scalp," he said.

"All of his fans were there roaring him on and I had no support there barring a couple of lads who came with me from Lincoln.

"But I don't mind that. It made me focused and determined to do a job.

"I put him down in the second round and once I had seen him wobble, I knew I could finish him off.

"I had him out of there in the third and I am looking for similar performances in the next two fights.

"Again I will be in their backyard, but I love being the underdog. It brings out the best in me.

"It's perfect for psyching yourself up, because you know nearly all the crowd want you to lose."

Mitchell, who spent five years as an amateur, is managed and trained by former world title challenger and European champion Esham Pickering.

He trains in Newark along with another Lincoln prospect, Luke Walker, who is yet to make his debut.

Mitchell would love to fulfil an ambition of fighting for a major title at some point during his career.

But for the time being he is focused on improving his profile and his record.

"I love the sport and of course I would love to fight for a title somewhere down the line," said Mitchell, who is sponsored by his father's company, L&G Landscaping.

"That would be a dream, but I have only had two fights so far, so it's still very, very, early.

"What I have to do is go out there and make a name for myself. If I can keep on reproducing the level of performance like I did with Clegg, then people will sit up and take notice.

"Esham has lined me up two fights in quick succession so at least I will be keeping busy.

"He's been there, seen it and done it at the very top level so it's great to have him around to listen to and get advice from."

Pickering said he was thrilled with Mitchell's performance against Clegg and praised him for the way he came back from his debut defeat to Jody Meikle.

"He boxed absolutely brilliantly," he said.

"It was a terrific performance and Mitch showed just what he is capable of. It was a great way to respond from the defeat to Jody."

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