Kevin Mitchell plans comeback

Lightweight contender Kevin Mitchell, who is coming off a fourth-round knockout loss to Ricky Burns in a September world title fight, is scheduled for his return, although it comes under the cloud of a possible lawsuit.

Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn, England’s most significant promoter, announced Tuesday that Mitchell (33-2, 24 KOs), 28, of England, would headline a July 6 card in London that will also feature a junior welterweight edition of the popular “Prizefighter” tournament.

The opponent for the scheduled 10-round bout has not yet been determined, but Mitchell said he is looking forward to getting back on track.

“It’s great to get back to action,” he said. “It’s a new chapter in my life, and I’m so excited to be back at the York Hall. There are some massive domestic battles out there for me later this year, and I’m looking for a world title shot in 2014.”

However, Queensberry Promotions issued a statement claiming promotional rights to Mitchell, which could threaten his return.

“We have put Eddie Hearn on notice that should he continue to interfere with Queensberry Promotions’ contractual rights, then we will take immediate action through the courts,” the statement said.