News March 2008

31.03.08 Kristjansen unimpressed by Khan

Khan wants a world title tilt before the year is out

Martin Kristjansen says he will expose Amir Khan's lack of experience when the two meet in an eliminator for the WBO lightweight belt in Bolton on Saturday.

The Dane, who has 19 wins from 23 fights and who has never been stopped, is determined to dash the world title ambitions of the 21-year-old Khan.

Khan in training :-

Kristjansen said: "I've seen his last three fights and I'm not impressed.

"He is strong and fast but is still young and does not have the experience that I have. I will expose him."

The pair had been scheduled to meet on 2 February, but illness forced the Slagelse native to withdraw, meaning Gairy St Clair was named as a late replacement.

The 30-year-old faces a stern challenge against Khan, who produced an accomplished points performance to beat former IBF super-featherweight champion St Clair.

But Kristjansen believes Khan and his home fans are in for a nasty shock at the Bolton Arena on Saturday.

"Khan is saying that this will be the easiest fight of his career and if he believes that then he is going to be in for a big surprise on the night," said Kristjansen.

"He might think that he can stop me inside three rounds and I will let him carry on thinking that. But I've trained for a long hard fight so he had better be prepared.

"Khan is the big star in Britain and wants to fight for the world title but he won't be getting past me."

Promoter Frank Warren is currently exploring opportunities for Khan to succeed Naseem Hamed as the youngest British world champion of all time.

Nate Campbell holds the WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight titles following his defeat of Mexico's Juan Diaz earlier this month, while fellow American David Diaz is the WBC champion.

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31.03.08 Mayweather Big Show result

There were chairs, brass knuckles, yet not an illegal tactic in the bunch, as Floyd Mayweather's WrestleMania XXIV appearance ended like most of his prize fights -- with a knockout victory Sunday over Paul "Big Show" Wight.

Mayweather came back to the ring -- with Wight's assistance -- after an early onslaught, then used some help from his cornermen to get a metal folding chair (with which he landed a series of shots) and a pair of brass knuckles (which he snatched off a fallen cornerman's necklace).

He wrapped the brass knuckles around his right hand and landed one punch, prompting a 10-count victory before before a crowd of 74,635, which produced a WWE-record live gate of $5.85 million.

The match lasted 11 minutes, 44 seconds, and was highlighted by Big Show alternatively stomping on the boxer's hands, standing on his chest, and running him out of the ring when cornermen tried to hustle the boxer away.

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31.03.08 Mayweather press for Big Show

On Sunday night Floyd 'Money' Mayweather faces his biggest ever challenge when he gets into a wrestling ring with The Big Show at Wrestlemania XXIV.

In a surprise press conference, just one day before the 'granddaddy of them all', Mayweather refused to comment about a re-match with Ricky Hatton but couldn't help himself in sending a message to his former opponent.

Mayweather said: "Ricky Hatton, what does he do? He's a boxer, he's one-dimensional. Floyd Mayweather 'the entertainer': versatile. So he'll be sitting at home, and if you're listening, tune in and buy the pay-per-view (on Sky Box Office)."

Hatton wasn't the only Boxer the 'Pretty Boy' decided to belittle. Oscar De La Hoya will have a return match against Mayweather in September who didn't seem too worried about the fight.

"When you mention Oscar De La Hoya you mention an ordinary fighter. When you mention Floyd Mayweather you mention an entertainer who isn't afraid to go out there to take a chance, take a risk, to go out the box," he said.

Mayweather did seem to be focused on the current task ahead however, that of slaying the giant: The Big Show. During his press conference Mayweather came across as a massive fan and enthusiast of World Wrestling Entertainment.

"I've always been a fan of the WWE. How do you think I know about the 'Mouth of the South' Jimmy Hart, the Hart Foundation, King Kong Bundy, the Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Hillbilly Jim, Jake 'The Snake' Roberts, Mr Perfect? And the list goes on and on," Mayweather told

Tensions have been very high in the WWE locker-room since the arrival of Mayweather promotions yet the Cruiserweight Boxing Champion had nothing but praise for the WWE's Superstars.

"Wrestling is truly unreal. I don't just look at them as the best entertainers but as the best athletes.

"I want to push myself to the limit. I want to give the WWE my best."

Win, lose or draw, Mayweather's match against The Big Show may not be his only bout for Vince McMahon's company.

"This could be another branch to my career. We do not know what the future holds. I will always stay in touch and continue to support the WWE."

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30.03.08 Abraham retains IBF strap

Arthur Abraham retained his IBF middleweight title with a 12th-round knockout victory over Elvin Ayala in Kiel.

Abraham, who stopped Britain's Wayne Elcock in his previous contest, took his unbeaten record to 26 with 21 by way of knockout after Ayala failed to beat the count inside the final minute of the contest.

'King Arthur' was always in control of the fight despite a plucky challenge from the American, who went down in the fifth and was always fighting a losing battle thereafter.

Abraham is now slated to make the eighth defence of his title at New York's Madison Square Garden in June against an as-yet un-named opponent, while a unification bout with Kelly Pavlik could happen at a later date.

"Kiel was bigger for me than New York, but now that's over, I am looking for a big fight in the United States later this year," said the 28-year-old German. "I want to show the fans there what I can do."

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28.03.08 Lucian Bute to fight Mads Larsen

Lucian Bute looks set to fight Mads Larsen in Denmark in a voluntary defence of his Super Middleweight title.

Larsen,a southpaw with a record of 49-2 (37ko) is aged 35 with notable experience. He handed prospect Danilo Haussler his first defeat and has gone the distance with Sven Ottke (losing a razor thin split decision).

The event likely to be promoted by Interbox and Sauerland events, should take place around June time.

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28.03.08 Witter offer to fight Hatton for FREE

Junior Witter recently told Setanta Sports that he'd happily fight the Manchester favourite for FREE :-

The WBC light-welterweight champion is likely to defend his title against Timothy Bradley in May but, like so many British fight fans, is impatient that a bout with Hatton has never materialised.

Hatton's main reason for not fighting Witter is that he does not want to give a man who has "slagged him off" throughout his career the biggest pay-day of his life.

Witter says money is not his biggest motivation for fighting Hatton though, and is so confident that beating the 'Hitman' will make his name, he will forego a pay-cheque for a contest with the Manchester-based fighter.

"I'm gutted that the fight hasn't come off," Witter told "He's scared. He knows I'd whoop his ass. He's good, but he knows I'm better.

"I'm a fighter, I want to prove I'm the best out there.

"He's had 101 excuses. I haven't got a title, I have a title.

"I'm not box office, I am box office - I'm the WBC champion. I'm the best light-welterweight in the world. He's number two, three or four.

"He's now saying he doesn't want to give me a pay-day. Pay my training expenses and I'll come round and kick your ass in front of everybody for free.

"My people have got to get paid, my training expenses have got to be paid, but I'll do it for free.

"I can do that because I know I'm going to win."

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28.03.08 Witter to fight Bradley on Froch card

Rumours are circulating that the WBC light Welterweight Champion, Junior Witter will be facing his mandatory challenger Timothy Bradley on the Carl Froch vs Denis Inkin 'High Stakes' card on the 10th May at Nottingham Arena.

The fight will be televised across ITV and Showtime in the States.

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27.03.08 David Haye talks to Tim Westwood

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