Kevin Mitchell Vs Jorge Linares – Preview and Prediction

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Kevin Mitchell looks to fulfil a lifetime ambition and become a world champion at the 2nd attempt this weekend, he has a tough task ahead against the classy, hard hitting counter puncher Jorge Linares.

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THE STORY ON – KEVIN MITCHELL

Mitchell is coming in off the back of a career best performance against the tough Mexican Daniel Estrada back in January, a sensational display of boxing ability from Mitchell who cut through Estrada with surgical precision over 8 rounds, forcing the referee to jump in and stop what was becoming a massacre.

Many questioned the ability of Estrada who looked pretty awful at times, but this was a seasoned and hardened veteran with 32 wins on his record, yes he wasn’t the best and his record was a little padded, but Mitchell probably made him look worse than he was.

It hasn’t always been a bed of roses for Mitchell who has suffered with depression and once blew £100k on booze and just wasn’t living right outside of the ring.

Mitchell seems reformed and in a good place dedicating himself to the sport, if he is good mentally and can perform like he did against Estrada, he has every chance of becoming a world champion this weekend.

Mitchell is technically a great boxer who can box on the front and back foot well, but he also has that equalising power that can turn a fight in an instant, Linares has shown in his career he can be hurt and can go, but the same applies to Mitchell, he hasn’t shown a granite chin either.

If either fighter lands their best shot on the other this weekend it could be enough to win a world title.

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THE STORY ON – JORGE LINARES 

Linares is a classy operator the Venezuelan is the youngest boxer in his country to become a three division world champion and only the second Venezuelan to accomplish the feat.

Linares has fought at a higher level to Mitchell with 7 world title fights to his name, he is experienced and technically a very well rounded boxer. Linares will undoubtedly be the toughest opponent of Mitchell’s career.

Linares had a good amateur background winning national titles and he now lives and trains out of Tokyo, Japan and was once trained by Freddie Roach.

Linares has speed and skill in abundance and is a dangerous counter puncher who also clearly has the power to turn a fight on it’s head, evident in the 3 clean knockouts wins scored in his last 4 fights.

PREDICTION – LINARES TKO6

This is an extremely difficult fight to predict both are very talented fighters with all the skill in the world, but both have defensive lapses and look fragile when taking big shots.

This may well turn out to be fight of the night, and my bet is it may also end in a knockout, which fighter will land that blow is any ones guess as for me this fight is another pick em fight. If I have to make that pick however, I will go Linares who on his night is a very classy operator and difficult man to beat.

However I really hope I am wrong and Mitchell is the one landing and he has every chance, for me I think there is some value in the under 9.5 round market and that is where my bet is going.

BETTING TIPS 

£20 on under 9.5 rounds bet365