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Rabchenko vs. Nicchi

Fighters wrap up preparations: Golovkin vs Ishida; Rodriguez vs Maderna, Rabchenko vs Nicchi; Erdei vs Grachev

Monte Carlo – Gennady Golovkin is in peak physical condition ahead of the seventh defence of his WBA and IBO middleweight titles in Monte Carlo on Saturday.

The unbeaten Kazakhstani yesterday went through his paces during a public 45-minute workout at the suitably grand Monte Carlo Casino.

With his short off, he looked lean and ripped as he worked the pads with top trainer Abel Sanchez. “I’m ready to go,” said Golovkin. “I had an eight-week camp and all has gone according to plan.”

He defends against Nobuhiro Ishida, a fighter he isn’t underestimating.

“We’re expecting a hard fight,” said manager Tom Loeffler. “Ishida is tall and has some power, but Gennady is in tremendous shape.” Continue reading

Adriano Nicchi an underdog against Sergey Rabchenko

Italian light middleweight champion Adriano Nicchi is perfectly aware that the boxing world sees him as an underdog in his upcoming European title challenge against Sergey Rabchenko in Monaco on March 30.

Rabchenko represents a serious step up in competition and will be the best opponent the Italian will have faced. A decorated amateur, the UK-based Belarussian is unbeaten in 22 professional bouts and hasn’t come close to defeat. Continue reading

Hatton hoping Rabchenko impresses against Nicchi on March 30th

SERGEY RABCHENKO is quickly closing in on a world title shot, but cannot afford to overlook his next task, says trainer Ricky Hatton.

The unbeaten Belarusian, 26, will make the second defence of his European light-middleweight crown against Italian champion Adriano Nicchi in Monte Carlo on March 30.

And the Hitman believes it’s a challenge his charge has to be fully focused on or a potential showdown with World Boxing Council (WBC) kingpin Saul “Canelo” Alvarez can be kissed goodbye. Continue reading