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UK Boxing: Sergey Rabchenko; Sam Webb; Gary Cornish



SERGEY RABCHENKO wants to face British light-middleweight champion Brian Rose.

The Manchester based Belarussian makes the first defence of his European crown against Frenchman Cedric Vitu (35-1) at Manchester Arena on Saturday.

Rabchenko (21-0) is trained by Ricky Hatton who headlines Saturday’s card when he returns in a ten rounder against Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Rabchenko, 26, said: “While I respect the value of Vitu, who has an excellent pedigree, I am totally confident that I shall win and keep my European title, thanks to the preparation for this challenge under the guidance of Ricky Hatton and Mike Jackson.

“We’ll sit down, after this, with Ricky Hatton, Philippe Fondu and Valery Kaplia to see what will be the best possible opponents to go further with my career.

“Personally, I would love to box the winner of Brian Rose v Sam Webb, as this is certainly a fight that the British public would like to see.

“I’d be happy to give the British champion an opportunity to compete for the European title”.

Rabchenko who has knocked out 16 of his opponents stopped Ryan Rhodes in seven rounds in June to claim his Euro crown.

He added: “I might be talking of Rose and Webb but I am not overlooking Vitu.”

There is world title action on the bill when Martin Murray (24-0-1) boxes Venezulan Jorge Navarro (12-0) for the vacant WBA interim middleweight crown.

Also Scott Quigg (24-0-1) meets Rendall Munroe (24-2-1) in a vacant WBA interim super-bantamweight title return match. Their summer showdown ended in a technical draw after three rounds because of Munroe’s cut right eye.

There is more title action when Gary Buckland (26-2) put his British super-featherweight crown on the line against Stephen Foster Jr (30-3-1).

Also in action are Hatton Promotions hopefuls Ashley Theophane (32-5-1), Zhanat Zhakiyanov (18-1), James Dickens (12-0), Adam Etches (9-0) and Scott Jenkins (6-0), Mitch Buckland (3-0) and Sam O’Maison (3-0).

Ricky Hatton vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko will be shown live on Primetime, Channel 498 on Sky and Virgin-On-Demand, on Saturday 24th November for only £14.95. To order call 0871 200 4444 or go online to www.primetimeboxing.co.uk.

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WEBB RELISHING ‘THE LION’S’ DEN CHALLENGE

In what could prove to be a potential fight of the year, Sam Webb is relishing the chance of upsetting hometown favourite Brian Rose when he challenges the Fylde Coast fighter for his British light-middleweight crown at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on December 14.

Webb, a former holder of the belt, knows he will be stepping into a red hot cauldron when he climbs through the ropes to face Rose, but the confident Londoner insists he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“A ring’s a ring at the end of the day, it makes no odds to me,” said Webb, 31. “When he’s got all those people there screaming and shouting for him then it’s more determination for me. It gives me that extra motivation. A lot of fighters fold but it has the opposite effect on me, and it always has done. I don’t need motivating for a British title fight but if I did need a bit of a kick up the backside then that’s it.”

Sam lost the 11st British title when he was stopped in an epic battle with Manchester’s Prince Arron in 2011. Rose subsequently beat Arron and now, after two successful defences, has the chance to win the Lonsdale Belt outright if he defeats Webb.

On his last appearance at the Winter Gardens in October, Brian notched the sixth KO of his 23-fight career when he bulldozed former world champion Vivian Harris in three rounds. Now, after teaming up with strength coach Kerry Kayes, Rose, 27, says he feels stronger, is punching harder, and insists that Sam will also be an early night’s work.

“That’s his opinion and if he feels like that then that’s good,” responded Webb, who has lost two of 20. “I’m pleased he thinks that. If you can’t hit a light-welterweight [Vivian Harris] and can’t knock them out when you’re a big 11st fighter then there’s something wrong.

“No doubt he is [hitting harder] but I’ve been in with big punchers like Matthew Hall, Anthony Small and Gilbert Eastman, and none of them have troubled me.”

Webb and Rose used to get on but a combination of boxing politics and the resulting exchange of bitter barbs between the pair has cooled their once warm relationship. Sam, nonetheless, still respects Brian as a boxer and knows beating ‘The Lion’ won’t be an easy task. He remains convinced however that he will be crowned the new British champion after their clash.

“It’s a tough fight; he’s a good fighter. We used to get along but there’s a bit of needle now because I’ve said a few things he didn’t agree with and vice versa.

“So I think it’s a hard fight and that’s what I’m training for. I’m very confident. I’m as confident as I’ve always been. I’m more than happy it’s where it is and I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Sam Webb challenges Brian Rose for his British light-middleweight title at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on Friday December 14. The quality undercard includes Blackpool fighters Jack Arnfield and Matty Askins; Middleton’s Warren Tansey; Colne’s Shayne ‘The Pain’ Singleton; Lancaster’s Tomi Tatham; Southport’s Scott Moonan; Heywood’s Mark Thompson; Chorley’s Jack Caterall, and Lancashire’s Isaac Lowe.

Tickets, priced at £40 (General), £50.00 (Balcony) and £80 (Ringside) are available from all boxers (balcony seats from the venue only), from Ticket Master, or at www.vipbe.co.uk

Keep updated on VIP Promotions’ news by visiting www.vipboxing.com or follow on Twitter @vipboxing and Facebook. Currently, you can also watch free fights at www.vipboxing.tv

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No Laughing Matter

Inverness Heavyweight Gary “The Highlander” Cornish will box experienced Bulgarian Yavor Marchinchev on the Norscot sponsored Chris Gilmour promotion at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness, on Friday 7th December 2012.

The skilled Bulgarian is coming to the Highlands having won his last 3 contests. Garys Manager Tommy Gilmour says:

“Marinchev boxes under the nickname “The Hyena” but this is no laughing matter. The Bulgarian lost a points decision against David Price, the Current British & Commonwealth Champion so we cannot underestimate him. Gary has shown great progress during 2012 and hopes to finish the year on a high.”

Gilmour stated

“2013 will be a big year for “The Highlander” as we move closer to the dream of Scotland having a Heavyweight Champion”

Cornish, who is making his 3rd appearance at the Drumossie will be joined by local favourite Alastair “Jasper” Chisholm in a night to support Caley Jags Together.

Jasper is hoping to get back to his winning ways after his recent highly controversial loss to Paisleys Craig Kelly. Jasper, whose style excites the fans, said:

“I was disappointed in the loss to Craig but it was a great contest, perhaps had I listened more to my corner then I may still have an unbeaten record. The main thing now is focussing on getting back to winning”

The 3rd fight on this Christmas Cracker sees Glenrothes based British Masters Champion Andrejs Podusovs making his1st appearance in Inverness. Andrejs, who recently defeated Newcastles Dougie Curran for the Title was delighted to be added to the show, he said:

“I have attended the shows in Inverness as a spectator and enjoyed the atmosphere, it will be amazing to be introduced in my fight as a Champion and I hope to put on a great performance”

Tickets are priced at £1000 for a table of ten or £100 per person and include a champagne reception and three-course dinner. Contact Laura on 07769 697899 / laura@ictst.co.uk for further information.