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I'd have fought Kevin Mitchell but money wasnt enough


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GLASGOW lightweight Willie Limond has told fight bosses he doesn't come cheap after snubbing an offer to fight WBO Intercontinental champion Kevin Mitchell.


Manager Alex Morrison claimed Limond was too busy working as a joiner to take time off to prepare for the Wembley scrap in February.


But the fighter himself insisted the real reason for refusing the bout was the size of promoter Frank Warren's offer - believed to have been s10,000.


And Limond is furious over reports he pulled out AFTER accepting a deal to challenge the Dagenham Destroyer - who out-pointed Bredis Prescott this month to claim the vacant crown.


The 30-year-old is adamant he was never prepared to put his reputation on the line against the undefeated Englishman for that kind of money.


But he insisted: "I would have been up for it had I been made a realistic offer.


"However, that was the same as what I was paid for fighting Alberto Lopez of Spain five years ago.


"Lopez was a 35-year-old but Mitchell is the mandatory challenger for the WBO title and is undefeated in 30 fights.


"I was interested initially when Alex phoned me. However, as soon as he told me what they were offering I said there was no way I was fighting for that sort of money.


"But what has angered me most has been reports that I agreed to the fight then withdrew just a few hours later. It was never on."


Limond, beaten only twice in 35 bouts, has held five different titles at various times including the WBU lightweight crown.


But he believes his achievements are being undervalued and said: "It was a half-hearted attempt to make the fight with Mitchell.


"Had they been genuine they would have come up with a half-decent offer."



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