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Rabchenko Targets British Champ

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 the Manchester Arena on Saturday.


Rabchenko (21-0) is trained by Ricky Hatton, who headlines Saturday’s card when he returns in a 10 rounder against former WBA welterweight champ 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 European crown.


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


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


The stacked title card also sees Scott Quigg (24-0-1) face Rendall Munroe (24-2-1) in a vacant WBA interim super-bantamweight title return match up. Their summer showdown ended in a technical draw after three rounds when Munroe was accidently cut on the right eye 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), Scott Jenkins (6-0), Mitch Buckland (3-0) and Sam O’Maison (3-0).


November 19, 2012

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