The show, topped by Watts and Mitchell is set to feature two bouts contested for a regional belt. Both Kane and Jayde will be competing for an interim WBA Oceania title in their respective weight divisions- with Watts set to take on Uruguayan Yuberti Suarez Diaz (8-5) and Mitchell taking on Chilean Arnoldo Poblete (10-8-1).
Ahead of his clash on Saturday night against Arnoldo Poblete for the interim WBA Oceania Super Middleweight Title, Jayde Mitchell sat down with Australian Boxing Central to discuss that night in Tokyo, his upcoming fight against Poblete, and plans for a big 2017.
In your last fight, you travelled to Tokyo to take on the OPBF Super Middleweight Champion Shintaro Matsumoto. How was the experience of fighting in a foreign country, and how did you rate your performance in that fight?
Mitchell: "It was awesome mate. Great experience, Japan was great and the people were amazing. My performance in the fight was good. I hurt my shoulder a couple weeks out from the fight. Then I hurt it again in the second round. I really reckon I would’ve stopped him if it hadn’t of been for that- as it was all one-way traffic all night. He’s a big puncher- very strong, but those guys suit me. They’re in your face and keep coming- very easy to manipulate. It was a very dominant performance over there and I think the best of my career to date."
Tomorrow night you're fighting on the Peninsula Pride card alongside your good mate Kane Watts and are fighting for the interim WBA Oceania title. How has training camp been in the lead up to the fight?
Mitchell: "It’s been good mate; it’s been all about rehabbing my shoulder and getting that right. That’s 100% now. I haven’t sparred since 2 or 3 weeks before the Japan fight. I’ve just changed my training up a bit. The conditioning and fitness I’ve picked up this year has been great. This will be my 3rd 10 round fight I’m getting ready for, and I got ready for 12 rounds for the Japan fight. I was already fit when this fight was organised so it’s just a case of maintaining and making sure my body is right so I don’t re-injure the shoulder again. We want to stay fit over summer and are looking towards a big 2017."
2015's fight of the year between yourself and the newly crowned IBF Australasian Champion Ryan Breese is a rematch on many of the fans minds. Do you expect you two to get it on next year?
Mitchell: "That fight’s been on my mind since I lost it. I feel now Ryan needs that fight more than I do. I’m on to bigger and better things. We got offered the fight with Renold Quinlan that I had to decline because of my shoulder. For me, hopefully the Quinlan fight comes up in 2017. That’s the sort of fight that I’m not gonna take just cause I got offered it- I want to be in the best shape and without injury. My mandatory for my OPBF is Bilal Akkway who has got the interim OPBF with the win over Kerry Hope. If I win the interim WBA then I’ll actually become Bilal’s mandatory so that’ll be a good fight as well. It’s definitely a fight I’m interested in."
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