Warren expects Glasgow classic

  • Last Updated: September 22 2012, 7:59 BST

Promoter Frank Warren has predicted the fight of the year when "true warriors" Ricky Burns and Kevin Mitchell meet in all-British world title fight on Saturday night.

Burns and Mitchell do battle in Glasgow

WBO lightweight champion Burns is looking for his seventh consecutive victory in a world title fight while Mitchell is aiming to seize his second chance on the biggest stage.

Burns, who will have home advantage at the SECC in Glasgow, has produced his best performances when faced with his toughest challenges.

The 29-year-old Coatbridge fighter scored well-deserved points wins over the otherwise unbeaten Roman Martinez and hard-hitting Australian Michael Katsidis to claim world titles at two weights and has been largely untroubled in his defences.

That could change tonight with Mitchell a dangerous opponent who possesses the power to trouble any fighter.

Warren said: "This is a fight that is so eagerly anticipated, the fans want to see and everyone in the trade.

"We call it a trade fight because it is two guys who have got great skills, great talent and great determination and heart and styles that are going to turn this into what I believe will be the fight of the year.

"They have only lost three fights and they have had 67 between them.

"Ricky is the most improved fighter in the country in the last 18 months or so.

"He has gone from strength to strength and finally, and I'm hoping finally, he is getting the accolades he truly deserves.

"He has been a fabulous double-weight champion and done everything asked of him.

"He has fought people like Katsidis and you look at the way he fought that fight, it was a fabulous win."

Mitchell's only defeat came against Katsidis in three rounds at Upton Park in a chance to claim the interim WBO lightweight title, but the Dagenham fighter admitted he only had himself to blame after being distracted by personal problems in the build-up.

Warren said: "There were a lot of things that went on behind the scenes. He didn't give 100% and basically cheated himself. That's why he got the 'L'.

"But I know that he and Jimmy and Mark Tibbs have been in a serious camp in the last eight weeks or so.

"You only have to look at Kevin, he is in great condition, he is coming into the lions' den as far as the crowd is concerned and that tells you what he is.

"He is a fighting guy like Ricky, both true warriors.

"For me this is a fight where you could just toss a coin. I think there is a case for both of them to win it and one thing is for sure, you will see a competitive fight."