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Kevin Mitchell dominates Daniel Estrada; Jorge Linares next?

Kevin Mitchell put a beating on Daniel Estrada tonight in London, and is targeting WBC lightweight titleholder Jorge Linares next.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Kevin Mitchell pretty much had his way with Daniel Estrada today in London, dominating and stopping the Mexican in round eight to earn a likely shot at the WBC lightweight title held by Jorge Linares.

For Mitchell (39-2, 29 KO), this may have been his best night as a professional to date. He started fast, lacing Estrada (32-4-1, 24 KO), and Mitchell indeed said that it was "the best I've ever fought." After two rounds went Mitchell's way convincingly, he dropped Estrada in the first minute of round three, and really just never relented, winning every round of the fight before referee Ian John-Lewis stepped in to stop a one-sided fight.

Mitchell, 30, has stumbled before on the doorstep to the top of the lightweight division. In 2010, he was mauled by Michael Katsidis in a three-round stoppage, and in 2012 he was thrashed by Ricky Burns, stopped in the fourth round in Glasgow. But on this night, Mitchell looked better, sharper, and even more fit than ever, and if there's going to be a time for him to challenge for a world title, it's probably now, with his confidence high and a really strong win in his rearview.

Undercard Results

Tommy Martin kicked off the show with a nice junior welterweight win over Ricky Boylan, a 10-round decision on scores of 97-93, 97-93, and 99-92. Martin (11-0, 3 KO) won the vacant English title with the win. Boylan drops to 12-2 (4 KO).

John Ryder (20-1, 12 KO) stopped Argentina's Bill Godoy (31-4, 15 KO) in the 10th round of their middleweight contest, which was set for 12. It's the third loss in five fights for Godoy, with his two wins in that stretch against opponents with losing records. Ryder, 26, is a legitimate prospect who has flown under the radar a bit with Billy Joe Saunders (Ryder's lone defeat) and Chris Eubank Jr taking more headlines as UK middleweight prospects. But the fight was far from a sensational performance, even with the TKO win, which was arguably a bit premature.

John Wayne HIbbert (15-2, 9 KO) stopped Tyler Goodjohn (11-4, 4 KO) in round eight of their junior welterweight fight.

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