Kevin Mitchell (39-2, 29 KO’s) put on a master class performance tonight, at the O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich, London, outclassing a very brave Daniel Estrada from the start, until the stoppage was called in the eighth round.
Mitchell was very calm and focus in executing his brilliant boxing and counter-punching techniques. His lead uppercuts finding home on Estrada’s really bloody face. His head movement, footwork was too coordinated in evading Estrada’s powerful punches. Mitchell let Estrada pay for every mistakes made, busting the visiting Mexican.
It seemed Estrada (32-4-1, 24 KO) did not win a round, who also visited the floor early in the third round from Mitchell’s right hand. His feet squared up during the exchanges. And he was not able to withstand the impact when the right hand came in.
In the eight, the referee had seen enough, stopped the contest, and saved Estrada from more punishment. A right uppercut momentarily stunned Estrada that made the referee to step in. I think it was a brilliant stoppage right there as Estrada was in no position to defend himself.
With the win it seemed Mitchell is targeting for a showdown with WBC lightweight belt-holder Jorge Linares next.