Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Boxing: It could be all about Round Ten says Liam Desmond

Liam Desmond: “Kevin Mitchell’s last round is worthy of a place in boxing history”

Round 10 – when you type these two words into YouTube it brings up one of the greatest rounds in boxing history.

Diego Corrales, suffering from a severely swollen eye, fought back from two knockdowns to defeat Mexican opponent, Jose Luis Castillo in May 2005 to a thunderous eruption of wild applause to lift the WBC and WBO World lightweight titles.

Ten years on and Essex boxer Kevin Mitchell was involved in his own action-packed round 10 when he challenged for the same WBC World lightweight title in front of 20,000 fans at The O2 Arena in London against Venezuelan champion, Jorge Linares.

Mighty Mitchell was leading on two of the judges’ scorecards but a clash of heads in the fourth round caused a cut above the West Ham fan’s left eye which eventually prompted the stoppage in the later rounds, clearly in no state to continue.

Mike Costello live on BBC Radio 5 described it as ‘one of the best rounds we’ll ever see in a British ring’.

“It was brilliant, obviously a lot of energy got used from both fighters in that round,” said unbeaten middleweight boxer, Liam Desmond from Corringham. “Linares is strong and he took Mitchell into the trenches, he got caught with that punch and one punch can change everything.

“It can literally change in seconds and that what’s so good about the sport,” he continued. “You can have someone dominating the fight and then get caught with that one shot, it’s weird the way that it works out sometimes.”

This was the Dagenham lightweight’s third failed world title attempt.

“Mitchell is a warrior, he deserves the rematch and hopefully he’ll get the win next time.

“The round is definitely worthy of the comparison to Corrales v Castillo and it’s weird how it both came in the tenth round, for the same title, and in the same month but ten years apart.

“Gatti v Ward is another one where the round will forever be remembered, they needed a sledgehammer to stop each other in that fight. There’s people even younger than me that know of that fight,” remarked the 21-year-old.

“All those fights inspire me and I want to be remembered as someone who never gave up and gave the best account of himself in every fight.”

Desmond next enters the square ring himself on June 20th at Grays Civic Hall, the same setting for all his fights since his debut in March 2014.

Currently undefeated in four fights, the young prospect faces a tough test in his fifth outing when he takes on the seasoned Chris Jenkinson 8-18-2 on a Carl Greaves Promotions show.

To follow Liam Desmond on Twitter click here @liam_desmond

Liam would like to thank his sponsors Sealtite Sealants Luminous Design David Islip Photography Impulse Leisure and PR Manager Tim Rickson


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