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Nicky Cook Ready For Steven Luevano

Nicky Cook promised to make pie 'n' mash of WBO featherweight title rival Steven Luevano today when he dropped in for a bit of a knees up at world famous Roy's Pie and Mash shop in Hornchurch. Undefeated Cook, who meets Luevano at the O2 Arena on Saturday night in a challenge for the vacant belt, was also presented with a special meat pie in order to commemorate the fight..

But the 27-year-old cockney was forced to pass up the opportunity of tucking into his favourite food ahead of Friday's weigh-in.

" Being an East ender I'm a massive fan of meat pies and this one smelled particularly delicious," said Stepney-born Cook, who now lives in Dagenham, Essex.

" I was tempted to dig in there and then, but I'd have paid for it on the scales come Friday.

" Fortunately I've been told it will keep until after the fight, so I'm saving it until then.

" The only thing that will taste better on Sunday morning is the victory I know I'm going to get over Luevano.

" He may be good but talk of him winning our fight is pie in the sky. I'll make mincemeat of him!"

Cook, a former European, Commonwealth and British champion, finally gets a crack at the WBO title after bitter rival and then champion Scott Harrison pulled out of their December clash on 36 hours notice.

" I'll just be glad when Luevano finally steps through the ropes," said Cook, who has been studying videos of his American opponent.

" Having Harrison drop out at the last minute was my lowest point in boxing, but winning the title on Saturday will be my highest.

" I've recently become a father, so I've got even more incentive to go on and win this world title.

" If I do, I'll be joining the big league and earning money I could only dream about when I was coming up through the ranks."

Cook-Luevano headlines the big 'London's Burning' show on Saturday night, with Matt Skelton defending his Commonwealth heavyweight crown against Michael Sprott.

Chief support features boxing superstar Amir Khan challenging for Willie Limond's Commonwealth crown.

A great scrap between Commonwealth Light-Middleweight Champion Bradley Pryce and Anthony Small could be one of the fights of the night on the show and there is real battle of the 'little men' between Matthew Marsh and Rocky Dean for the Vacant Southern Area Super-Bantamweight Championship.

Graham Earl, Steve Foster Jnr, Matthew Hall, Vinny Mitchell and the pro-debut of 2006 Commonwealth Games Champion Jamie Cox complete the card.

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Article posted on 10.07.2007



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