So, Kevin Mitchell stepped back into the ring on Saturday, facing the somewhat formidable Felix Lora. Emphasis on somewhat here. Lora is by no means a fantastic boxer. A record 14 wins and 8 losses (coming in) doesn't exactly ooze success. Upon closer examination it becomes evident that Lara has fought no body of note at all. He's not a contender.
Thus I feel that given these circumstances, and given the fact the Mitchell failed to shine in the way that a world class fighter should against such an inferior opponent, that he in no way has the right to say “I’ll be a world champion in the summer, I promise you.”
I think Ricky Burns is a great fighter, he has no gaping weaknesses, he has fought at world class level for sometime now, he handled Katsidis well unlike Mitchell and has in my opinion, proven himself as a top level boxer.
Therefore, although i welcome Mitchell's comeback to the ring, I do not feel that he is nearly ready to compete at Burn's level, given his most recent performance. Give Mitchell at least 2 more fights before a stab at Burns and I'll reassess my position on the matter then.