Emerging Mitchell too good for Mendoza
A quick return to the ring for Kevin Mitchell, who has quietly gone about his business over recent years and is finally emerging as a fighter who will surely be taking a tilt at higher honours in the near future.
Mitchell has been keeping himself busy following a lay off of nearly a year and this will be his fourth fight since May 2009.
The first two opponents were little more than warm-ups for the 25 year old Dagenham native, but the same could not be said of Breidis Prescott, the man who ended the unbeaten run of Amir Khan in chilling fashion 54 seconds after the opening bell sounded in their 2008 contest.
Mitchell, acting as chief support to Khan last December served up a display of patient, tactical boxing to clearly outpoint the dangerous Colombian in his career-best performance.
The Prescott contest was, pre-fight, a hard one to call. The same cannot be said here; Mitchell is in the best form of his life whilst Mendoza's level of competition of late has been poor.
If you look at the opponents he's faced since 2006, of the fights he's won, his opponents have won a collective 33 fights, but lost 63.
Mitchell looked like a fighter used to the 12 round distance against Prescott, and he's now done the full twelve on three occasions, winning them all (Mitchell is undefeated.)
Mendoza however has never won on the two occasions he's fought 12 (he managed a draw in one), which can be added to a further two decision losses and two stoppages.
Can a case be made for Mendoza? I don't think so.
If anything, after the Prescott win this fight looks like a step backwards for Mitchell against an opponent that he holds every possible advantage over.
With 18 stoppages from 27 wins Mendoza has some power, but a fearsome knockout artist in the Prescott mould he is not, and Mitchell dealt with that threat without any real trouble anyway.
Up until the Prescott fight Mitchell had enjoyed a run of seven straight stoppages, and I think that run continues here with Mendoza finally caving in sometime around the eighth (Mitchell to win in the 8th - 11/1).
Bout betting prices: Mitchell 1/9, Mendoza 5/1.
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