Foster Wants Arthur vs. Cook Winner; Media Alert: Fri Nt Fts Boxers Meet Fans in Little Village on Thursday

Steve Foster Jnr says victory against Femi Fehintola in Manchester next month will propel him to another world title opportunity. The Salford star was narrowly beaten by Alex Arthur on points in December in a challenge for the interim WBO World Super-Featherweight crown in Edinburgh.

And he had the Scotsman down and in trouble in the 11th round.

Foster returns to action for the first time since that fight in a challenge for Fehintola's English title on Frank Warren's blockbuster show at the M.E.N Arena, Manchester on September 6.

Arthur is joint top of the bill, defending his full WBO crown against Nicky Cook - and Foster says he wants the winner.

"I have to win this fight if I'm to stay in contention," said Foster. "Fehintola is a good technical boxer and I know its going to be tough because both of us will be really up for it.

"But the Arthur fight gave me a taste of the big time and I want to get to world level again.

"I'm not too sure who will win out of Arthur and Cook - the only thing I'm certain of is that I want the winner.

"I can mix it with the best, and if I can't get Arthur or Cook then I want British and Commonwealth champion Kevin Mitchell. I'll fight whoever they put in front of me.

"Sometimes I look back at that 11th round when I had Arthur on the floor, and wish I could have finished him off. The fight has gone now, so there's no point looking back, but it's made me even more determined to fulfil my childhood dream of winning a world title."

Foster, 27, was a featherweight during the early stages of his career, but says moving up to 9'4 has worked wonders.

"That Arthur fight showed how strong I can be at super-featherweight," said Foster.

"It was a big, big struggle getting down to featherweight, but I feel so much better now. I'm punching harder than ever in the gym, and people are going to see an explosive display when I take on Fehintola.

"Looking at his record he doesn't look like a puncher, but if you get whacked in the face it still hurts, so I'm taking nothing for granted!"

Arthur-Cook joint headlines 2 Hot 2 Handle alongside Amir Khan's fifth defence of his Commonwealth lightweight title.

Tickets for 2 Hot 2 Handle, priced at £30, £40, £50, £100, £150 and £200, are available from and the following outlets:

M.E.N Ticketmaster
0870 190 8000

0871 871 2932

Khan Boxing
01204 535 332

See Tickets
0871 220 0260

Ticket Factory
0871 945 6000

Media Alert: Fri Nt Fts Boxers Meet Fans in Little Village on Thursday

Fight Fans Invited this Thursday to Meet ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” Boxers
Former World Champion JULIO CESAR GONZALEZ
Hosted by Univision Radio’s GOYO at La Kermes in Chicago’s Little Village

WHO: Goyo- Univision Radio

Main Event Boxers- 12 Rounds, IBF Light Heavyweight Championship Eliminator
Julio Cesar Gonzalez (41-5, 25) Tavoris Cloud (18-0, 17)
Guerrero Negro, MX/Huntington Beach, CA Tallahassee, FL
Former WBO World Champion
1996 Mexican Olympian

Co-Main Event- 8 Rounds, Welterweights
Carlos Molina (11-4-1, 4) Donald Camarena (19- 4, 9)
Michoacán, Mexico/Chicago Denver, CO
Fought to a Draw with Julio Cesar
Chavez Jr. in Monterrey,MX. Lost Majority Decision in re-match with JCC Jr.

8 Rounds- Lightweights
Oscar Leon (27- 9, 18)   ; Zaid Zavaleta (17- 4-2, 11)
Cartagena, Columbia Guadalajara, MX
Former IBA Featherweight Champion Practicing criminal attorney

6 Rounds- Light Welterweights
Nick Casal (17-3-1, 13) Frankie Zepeda (16-6, 9)
Niagara Falls, NY Cocula, JA, Mexico/Indianapolis

WHAT: Univision Radio Sport’s Director, GOYO, will host a 2-hour live Meet and Greet with Julio Cesar Gonzalez and other boxers who are fighting this Friday night.

WHEN: Thursday, August 7, 2008 from Noon until 2 p.m.

WHERE: La Kermes, 3002 W. 26th St. (at Sacramento) in Chicago’s famed Little Village neighborhood.

OTHER: Public is also invited to Thursday’s official fighter weigh-ins at 5 p.m. at Beef & Brandy, 127 S. State St

WHY: Now in it’s10th Anniversary season, ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” broadcasts live this Friday, August 8th, from Chicago’s Aragon (1106 W. Lawrence). ESPN boxing expert Joe Tessitore calls the action from ringside with former Heavyweight Champion
Shannon Briggs.

Six world-class bouts before, during and after the broadcast. Doors open at 6 pm. First bout at 7 pm.

TICKETS: $50, $75 and $100, available at any Ticket Master location or at the Aragon.

CONTACT: Trayce Zimmermann, TZPR

Article posted on 06.08.2008

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