Bushey boxer Miles Shinkwin says he can improve by 80 per cent ahead of his fight with Mitch Mitchell at York Hall

Miles Shinkwin faces Mitch Mitchell this Saturday. Picture: Ken Mears

Miles Shinkwin faces Mitch Mitchell this Saturday. Picture: Ken Mears

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Miles Shinkwin takes on Mitch Mitchell at York Hall on Saturday and the boxer has an ominous warning for his opponent: "I’m undefeated but I’ve not been truly tested. There’s still 80 per cent more to come."

Since turning professional last year, the 25-year-old Bushey boxer is unbeaten with seven victories - the last of which came in March against Josef Krivka.

With that impressive record it is understandable why Shinkwin, who trains at Pro SW Gym in Loughton, is confident ahead of his bout with Mitchell.

He explained: "I was meant to be facing Danny Couzens but he pulled out with a hand injury last week and the opponent was changed.

"It doesn’t particularly bother me because it happens a lot. As long as the guy has two arms and two legs then he will give me a fight.

"But I have faced Mitchell before and won. That was last year at Wembley Arena and I have improved a hell of a lot since then.

"He will see a completely different boxer now. I think he will be shocked."

Since his last fight Shinkwin has been busy working in the gym. He says he has had just one day off this year and that was after his bout with Krivka.

The former Bushey Boxing Club fighter is feeling "really good" ahead of Saturday’s bout and has no injury issues to contend with.

But while he is focused on Mitchell, a Southern Area title bout is looming in July.

Shinkwin had been chasing a title shot for the best part of a year but was continuously left frustrated. The light-heavyweight was finally made a mandatory challenger in February but was unable to find an opponent.

However, his patience will be rewarded on July 12 when he faces Joel McIntyre for the vacant belt at York Hall.

"The fight in July is one that I am really looking forward to, that is a big fight for me," Shinkwin admitted. "I don’t want to disrespect the guy on Saturday and I am not looking past him but as soon as this fight is over I’ll be focused on McIntyre."

He continued: "I love the pressure of being unbeaten, some people may think that is a bit abnormal.

"Whether I am boxing or just playing golf, I really enjoy pressure and I try and use it to my advantage.

"To be honest, I think I have a lot more to give. I haven’t really been pushed to my best yet and I have always stepped out of the ring knowing I could have done better.

"I’m undefeated but I’ve not been truly tested. There’s still 80 per cent more to come.

"We always look at the negatives because that is the way you can improve, I know I have been nowhere near my best but I’ve won every round in every fight.

"It’s an old boxing cliché but the better the opponent the better you perform. I have been a professional now for 18 months but still feel that I can push myself and get much better. If I have to do that against McIntyre then that is what I will do."

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