Kevin Mitchell healing well from facial injuries (photo)

Phil Jay 04/06/2015

Following his brutal battle with WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares at the weekend, world-rated contender Kevin Mitchell is recovering rapidly from gruesome injuries to his face.

Mitchell, 30, looked deformed at the time of his tenth round stoppage defeat to the hardened Venezuelan after suffering a badly swollen eye the Londoner says was caused by early headbutts from the belt holder.

A visit to the hospital for a patch-up job that included several stitches to his wounds has done the trick for Mitchell and the two-time world title challenger is already eyeing a rematch with Linares once he is fully healed.

Considering how Mitchell looked at the end of the O2 Arena bout, he has made remarkable progress just five days on (Picture: @KevinMitchell6).

‘The Hammer’ and Linares engaged in a bloody see-saw clash that came to a head late on when Mitchell could no longer see out of his left eye and tentative contact has already been made about a return that would certainly be most welcome.

Promoter Eddie Hearn put the idea to Golden Boy almost immediately after the final bell, although it is thought that Mitchell would be forced to travel to the US if he is to gain another opportunity to take Linares’ title.