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30.10.2006 International

Boxing-Ashie, Baba Lose In London, US

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Kevin Mitchell won the Commonwealth super featherweight title with a hard-earned points victory over Ghana's George Ashie at London's York Hall.

Mitchell overcame some stubborn resistance from the African before taking the decision by scores of 117-113, 116-113 and 116-112.

It was the 2003 ABA featherweight champion's 22nd straight victory since turning professional.

But Ashie took the Englishman the distance for the seventh time.

Mitchell said: "I was trying to box more so that when the time comes to move up and fight better guys, I know I can go the distance.

"If you go bang, crash, wallop and knock them over, you don't learn anything.

I still lose my focus a bit and go in to have a fight but I'm getting better at that."

The win means Mitchell, who celebrates his 22nd birthday on Sunday, remains on course for a fight against Amir Khan but promoter Frank Warren insists that is in the future.

"There's a little way to go and some more learning to be done," he said.

"Kevin and Amir Khan would be a massive fight down the road if they stay at the same weight."

Mitchell's next bout will be on Warren's show at London's ExCel Arena on Saturday, December 9.