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Gavin Rees vows to knock out Adrien Broner

Underdog Rees pledges to KO 'cocky' Broner in Atlantic City showdown

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

01:07 GMT, 13 February 2013

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UPDATED:

08:18 GMT, 13 February 2013

Gavin Rees has promised to knock 'cocky' Adrien Broner out cold and become a two-weight world champion in Atlantic City on Saturday night.

The Welsh lightweight will be a huge underdog against the 23-year-old hailed as the heir to Floyd Mayweather Jnr's throne.

But Rees, who was clearly riled during Tuesday's press conference, is confident he can put an end to the hype.

Vow: Gavin Rees (right) is determined to knock out Adrien Broner this weekend

Vow: Gavin Rees (right) is determined to knock out Adrien Broner this weekend

The 32-year-old won the WBA light-welterweight belt in 2007 when he stunned Souleymane M'Baye only to lose in his first defence to Andriy Kotelnik the following year.

Rees then dropped down a division, winning the British and European titles before accepting the clash with Broner.

'I'm looking forward to knocking your head off because you're one cocky f***,' he said, addressing his opponent.

'You'll be lower than me when I knock you out cold. You do all the talking but we'll see if you can back it up on Saturday night.'

Broner, who claimed throughout the conference not to know Rees' name, is renowned for his brash attitude and post-fight antics which include having his dad brush his hair.#

And unsurprisingly, he was confident of recording his 22nd knockout from 26 professional contests.

'I respect him as a fighter because only a boxer knows what we go through when we get in that ring,' he said.

'Cocky': Adrien Broner is widely considered to be favourites for the bout

'Cocky': Adrien Broner is widely considered to be favourite for the bout

'At the end of the day, we're going to have fun. I've never seen him fight but he's been world champion so he's not a lookover.

'He's going to sleep. I'm not going to miss the boulder on his shoulders; it's not going to last long.
'I'm not looking past the fight but I wanted to fight Ricky Burns but he put on his track shoes and ran away from me again.

'We're going to take care of business on Saturday night.'

Rees' promoter Eddie Hearn meanwhile admits he was insulted by the odds being offered on his charge winning with one British bookmaker quoting him at 25/1.

'He's been written off and some of the odds that are flying about are quite abusive,' he said. 'He's a former British, European and world champion. He won't be overawed going into the fight.

'It will be the toughest fight of Adrien Broner's career and Gavin deserves a hell of a lot more respect than he's been getting.

'We believe we will cause a massive upset and make a huge statement for British boxing.'

Wladimir Klitschko appoints Johnathon Banks as trainer

Heavyweight champ Klitschko appoints Banks as full-time trainer after death of Steward

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UPDATED:

23:54 GMT, 7 November 2012

World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has confirmed the appointment of Johnathon Banks as his new full-time trainer following the death of Emanuel Steward last month.

Klitschko, who is preparing to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO belts against unbeaten Pole Mariusz Wach in Hamburg on Saturday, had been training with Steward's former assistant Banks since Steward was taken ill in September.

There had been much speculation over Klitschko's move to replace Steward given that Banks, 30, is six years Klitschko's junior and is still an active heavyweight fighter himself.

New man in: Wladimir Klitschko (left) has appointed a new trainer after the death of Emmanuel Steward

New man in: Wladimir Klitschko (left) has appointed a new trainer after the death of Emmanuel Steward

Klitschko said: 'I knew from the beginning it was going to be Johnathon Banks. He is a man who has learned a lot from Emanuel and whom I met on the same day as I first met Emanuel nine years ago.

'Of course he is not Emanuel Steward but he is Johnathon Banks, and everyone has their own way of doing things. Considering everything, this camp has gone very well.

'We are all missing Emanuel, who was a great friend and one of the geniuses of the sport. But his spirit is with us and I know he is around us and looking forward to this fight.'

Banks, who has won 30 of his 32 professional contests and is due to fight in Atlantic City on November 17 against Seth Mitchell, said he is keen to make the most of a unique situation.

Banks said: 'It's an amazing situation on both sides but I don't feel any extra pressure. It's not like I'm training a guy for a golf tournament. I'm with a fighter who has a fight, and I have a fight coming up too.'

You're up: Klitschko poses head to head with Mariusz Wach ahead of their bout

You're up: Klitschko poses head to head with Mariusz Wach ahead of their bout

Moving on: Steward died, aged 68, last month

Moving on: Steward died, aged 68, last month

Rory McIlroy supported at Irish Open by Carloline Wozniacki

McIlroy finds form thanks to some home comforts… and a visit from Wozniacki

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UPDATED:

09:18 GMT, 29 June 2012

Like young lovers throughout the ages,
Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki turned a blind eye to all the
criticism on Thursday.

More speculation that their blossoming romance was doing little for their careers was greeted by a
public display of togetherness at the Irish Open at Royal Portrush.

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Team McIlroy: Rory, dad Gerry and Wozniacki (left)

Team McIlroy: Rory, dad Gerry and Wozniacki (left)

Caroline Wozniacki (L) walks with her boyfriend Rory McIlroy (R) and his father Gerry McIlroy (C)

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'How did you get inside the ropes' asked a smiling McIlroy of Wozniacki, down the opening hole. The former tennis world No 1, whose poor form continued with a first-round defeat at Wimbledon, might have temporarily lost her forehand but clearly not her resourcefulness.

Swapping one great sporting stage for another appeared to do Wozniacki the world of good. While her boyfriend knocked in a birdie putt at the second she happily signed autographs and chatted with the locals.

McIlroy's parents are clearly taken with her. With one armband between them, mum Rosie kept her company for a few holes before giving way to dad Gerry.

'What's your lowest score round here' I asked Gerry – a scratch golfer himself, back in the day – down the fifth. Clearly aware that Rory once carded a 61, Wozniacki quickly interjected. 'A 62, Gerry' she asked, smiling.

Watch the birdie: McIlroy tees off at the 1st watched by Martin McGuiness (second left), the deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, and Peter Robinson, the First Minister of Northern Ireland

Watch the birdie: McIlroy tees off at the 1st watched by Martin McGuiness (second left), the deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, and Peter Robinson, the First Minister of Northern Ireland

Relaxed: Wozniaki watches the action

Relaxed: Wozniaki watches the action

At the sixth, there was a sight you don't see every day. McIlroy was playing one way and the photographers all had their cameras trained in the opposite direction.

Anyone who knows this gorgeous par three will have an inkling why. There was Wozniacki behind the tee, with the Atlantic Ocean in the background. Does it get any better for a cameraman than sun, sea, and a pretty blonde

So Wozniacki showed up here and so, too, did glimpses of the real Rory.

He came home to Northern Ireland having missed four of his last five halfway cuts but here, before a sell-out 27,000 crowd, were plenty of signs that the good times will soon return, both on the course and off it.

Alas, the sun didn't last very long. Play was suspended for almost two hours owing to a thunderstorm, splitting McIlroy's round almost equally in half. A couple of late three-putts turned a good 68 into a respectable two-under 70.

Off course: Wozniacki had suffered an early exit from Wimbledon

Off course: Wozniacki had suffered an early exit from Wimbledon

A slow-running links and holding greens thanks to all the rain, together with little wind, proved a mouth-watering combination for some of Europe's finest. Of the 69 players out in the first wave of play, only 17 failed to break par.

Best of all were the 65s composed by Frenchman Gregory Bourdy and Jeev Milkha Singh, the first Indian golfer to make the European Tour. It can't be easy growing up being the son of India's most famous athlete – Milkha Singh's rise from abject poverty to win a gold medal at the 1968 Commonwealth Games has been made into a Bollywood movie – but gentleman Jeev can be proud of a pioneering career of his own that has yielded 19 victories to date.

Singh is staying with Portrush patriarch Darren Clarke, who gave him a 21-year-old bottle of malt, made down the road at Bushmills. 'I'm going to hold on to it and share it with my dad when I get home,' said Singh.

Unlike McIlroy, Clarke was grateful for the break in play, grabbing three birdies when he returned for a 71, the same score as fellow Portrush native Graeme McDowell.

Best Irish score, however, didn't belong to one of the friends from the north but the renaissance man from the south, Padraig Harrington. Fourth at the US Open, he's growing rapidly in confidence. Get a bet on him for The Open at Lytham now, before his price comes down rapidly.

London 2012 Games: Argentine president issues Falklands warning to London athletes

Argentine president issues Falklands warning to London athletes

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UPDATED:

07:55 GMT, 27 June 2012

President Cristina Fernandez has cautioned Argentine athletes travelling to the London Olympics about doing anything provocative in Britain, which is engaged in a renewed dispute with Argentina over the Falkland Islands.

As Fernandez was giving some athletes a send off on Tuesday, she also defended a TV ad that ran two months ago on state-run television linking the London Olympics to the Falklands dispute.

The International Olympic Committee immediately denounced the ad and warned Argentina about using the games as a political platform.

Nothing to chance: President Cristina Fernandez checks a team jacket at a reception for the Argentine Olympic team

Nothing to chance: President Cristina Fernandez checks a team jacket at a reception for the Argentine Olympic team

'We will show with pride, with honour, that we are Argentines,' Fernandez said.

'We don't need to do anything that conflicts with sports norms to show our rights.'

Fernandez has intensified a campaign to pressure Britain into sovereignty talks, which it has pushed in every international forum.

Argentines insist Britain has illegally occupied the South Atlantic islands since 1833. Britain accuses Buenos Aires of ignoring the wishes of the island's population of about 3,000 people, most of who have said they want to remain British.

'They (British) are waiting for us to do something stupid, but we're not stupid,' Fernandez said.

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Fernandez called the controversial TV advertisement 'divine.'

'No matter who was bothered by it, to me it was creative, important,' she said.

An Argentine legislator had suggested that athletes wear a logo on
their Olympic uniforms that would carry the message 'Las Malvinas son
Argentinas' (The Falklands are Argentine). The proposal failed to gain
traction.

The Argentine
Olympic Committee has promised it will abide by the IOC's rule and not
use the games as a platform for 'political gestures.' It has also
defended the right of freedom of speech for its athletes.

Tony Pietrantonio takes brutal blow from Lavarn Harvell

Forget jelly legs – Pietrantonio's face turns to mush after brutal blow from Harvell

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UPDATED:

10:36 GMT, 30 April 2012

This brutal knockout blow turned a boxer's face to mush – making him look more like jelly than a prized jouster.

Tony Pietrantonio came crashing to the canvas in the 31st second of the third round following the devastating right-hander from fellow U.S. light heavyweight Lavarn Harvell.

Harvell, 23 – dubbed Baby Bowe because of his resemblance to former heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe – said: 'I felt that punch all the way up my shoulder and back, so I knew he wasn’t getting up.

Knockout blow: Boxer Lavarn Harvell (right) smashes a mashed up Tony Pietrantonio (left) to end their light heavyweight bout

Knockout blow: Boxer Lavarn Harvell (right) smashes a mashed up Tony Pietrantonio (left) to end their light heavyweight bout

End of the game: Harvell (right) won the bout with this devastating blow to Tony Pietrantonio (left)

End of the game: Harvell (right) won the bout with this devastating blow to Tony Pietrantonio (left)

'I was so excited that I did a little dance for the fans, but that was before I saw how badly he was hurt.'

Pietrantonio, who only agreed to Saturday's fight three days previously, was unconscious as he hit the Atlantic City, New Jersey floor.

Referee David Fields stopped the bout and ushered in doctors, but the bruised boxer soon sat up, climbed onto a stool and left the ring under his own steam.

Harvell added to pressofatlanticcity.com: 'I’ve fought at the Hall before, but it was in the ballroom upstairs. It was a pretty special feeling to fight in the main room in front of all those people.'
Smash and grab: The bout ended in the third round after Pietrantonio (left) came crashing to the floor

Smash and grab: The bout ended in the third round after Pietrantonio (left) came crashing to the floor

Wiped out: Pietrantonio did manage to get up and leave the ring on his own following his knockout

Wiped out: Pietrantonio did manage to get up and leave the ring on his own following his knockout

Papiss Demba Cisse talks to Colin Young

Nine questions for Newcastle's new No 9 ahead of derby showdown

As Newcastle prepare to entertain fierce rivals Sunderland at St James' Park on Sunday, Sportsmail's Colin Young caught up with the latest player to wear the Magpies' famous No 9 shirt, Senegal striker Papiss Demba Cisse.

1) What are your memories of growing up in Dakar, and when was the first time you played with a real football/in real boots

Dakar, as you know, is the capital of Senegal and the largest city in the country. It sits next to the Atlantic Ocean and as such is a major port. It is a thriving city but also has some areas of poverty. I played football from a very young age, all my friends did, as it was very popular in the city. We didn’t have boots when we were young children but I wore them when I joined the local academy.

Boot-iful: Cisse started playing football as a child without boots

Boot-iful: Cisse started playing football as a child without boots

2) How did you end up moving to Europe

I played at the Academy in Dakar (Generation Foot) and then with AS Douanes in the Senegal Premier League. I did well enough there to be taken to Metz in 2004 which was a good move for me.

3) You were very successful in Germany. What is the main difference between the Bundesliga and Barclays Premier League

The Premier League and Bundesliga are not that different. Maybe the pace and physicality is a little more intense in England but the two leagues have a lot in common. There is maybe more strength in depth in the teams in England and maybe more overseas talent, players like Sergio Aguero for example, but they are both good leagues to play in.

4) Had you heard of Newcastle United as a boy When did you first learn about the club

Newcastle are a very important and famous club. I knew about them before I left Senegal when they played in the Champions League. Since then I knew they played in the UEFA Cup for a few seasons when I was playing in Metz.

Dream debut: Cisse scored against Aston Villa on his Newcastle bow

Dream debut: Cisse scored against Aston Villa on his Newcastle bow

5) How different is Newcastle to the other places you have lived

Newcastle is nice and I like it. It is an interesting City with some lovely buildings and shops I like all the bridges along the river too. The people are very friendly as well and that is important to me.

6) What experience of derby matches have you had in your career

In Germany there were no other teams really close to us in the south of the country with Stuttgart, Hoffenheim and Munich being the three closest cities so I suppose they were close rivals, but nothing like Newcastle and Sunderland!

7) Have you been told about the importance of the game against Sunderland and are you prepared for the atmosphere on Sunday

The manager, the coaches and my team-mates have been talking about it all week and believe me, they have drummed into me exactly what it means to the club and especially the supporters. It is the biggest game of the season and I cannot wait for Sunday to come around.

Brothers in arms: Cisse plays alongside compatriot Demba Ba at Newcastle

Brothers in arms: Cisse plays alongside compatriot Demba Ba at Newcastle

8) Demba Ba has done very well at Newcastle. What are his main strengths as a striker

I could say a lot of things about Demba. He is strong, has good pace, can shoot with both feet, strong in the air, very technical and is a great team player to have on your side.

9) The No 9 shirt is very special in England, and particularly at Newcastle United. Do you understand the importance of the shirt to Newcastle fans

Yes I do. I have been told all about Alan Shearer, and of course I know what a good player he was for England too, There are others too and I know what a special number it is and how privileged I am to be wearing it.

Mark Cavendish makes Sky debut Tour of Qatar

Cavendish climbs from sickbed to make Team Sky debut in Tour of Qatar

Debut: Sky's Mark Cavendish

Debut: Sky's Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish made his first competitive appearance in a Team Sky jersey in the Tour of Qatar on Sunday.

The Manxman, who switched to the British-run team after winning the Tour de France's green jersey and the world championships last year, had fallen ill on the flight to Doha but was given the all-clear by team doctors.

Team Sky sports director Steven de Jongh said: 'Our medical team have done a fantastic job in looking after him and Mark has followed their advice to the letter.

'Clearly, he's not going to be at his best in the next few days but we're hoping he'll get stronger with every passing stage.

'We'll continue to keep a very close eye on him but hopefully he's over the worst of it now.'

Unsurprisingly, Cavendish did not feature in the first stage, a 142.5 kilometres ride from Barzan Towers to the College of the North Atlantic, which was won by Belgian former world champion Tom Boonen.

The Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider took
the line ahead of Adam Blythe (BMC Racing) and Peter Sagan
(Liquigas-Cannondale) in third.

Countdown: Bernard Eiseil and Cavendish prior to the first stage

Countdown: Bernard Eiseil and Cavendish prior to the first stage

De Jongh added: 'He (Cavendish) was helping out his team-mates during the race, which was a pleasant surprise because we'd told him he didn't have to do anything if he didn't feel he was up to it after his illness.

'Our only goal for him was that he finished the stage today, and he did that comfortably.'

Carl Froch home and away fights with Lucian Bute home and away planned

Froch considering 'home and away' double bash with Bute

Carl Froch is closing in on a novel 'home and away' fight deal with IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute as he plots his ring return.

The Nottingham fighter lost his WBC title to WBA champion Andre Ward in December's Super Six final in Atlantic City.

However, talks with Canada-based Romanian Bute began on the morning of the Ward fight and Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn believes negotiations are nearing a conclusion.

He said: 'We're speaking to Bute's people about a two-fight deal, April 14 in Montreal and then end of July or early August in Nottingham.

Recovery: Carl Froch's last appearance was an unhappy defeat against Andre Ward

Recovery: Carl Froch's last appearance was an unhappy defeat against Andre Ward

'Those talks started on the morning of Carl's fight against Andre Ward.

'Because, win or lose that one, they wanted to fight Froch.'

Froch has not fought in Britain since his defeat of Andre Dirrell in the Super Six tournament opener in 2009.

Hearn therefore wants to give his man a chance to compete in England but knows Bute is notoriously reluctant to venture outside Canada.

'My big concern is that I want a home fight for Carl,' he said.

'I will only do that fight with Bute if we get the home and away part agreed. They are up for that.

'But what they are saying, which makes sense, is that if the first fight is a stinker, or someone knocks someone out in two rounds, then we can't really do the rematch. We all know that.

'The way around it is to put something in the contract that says for example if there is a knockout within six rounds, there will be no return match.

Spoiling: Bute was ready to fight Froch whether or not he beat Ward

Spoiling: Bute was ready to fight Froch whether or not he beat Ward

'If it is a points decision wider than six rounds, there is no rematch.

'But you run that risk. Don't forget, Carl is the challenger now. You lose a bit of negotiating power. People Tweet me saying 'Don't do that! Don't go and fight him over there!'

'Well you can't go 'you come here' to Bute because he'll go 'hang on a minute mate, I'm the champion'.

'They will make us an offer this week, probably, then we'll look at the money.

'They will know the kind of money we've got, they will know the kind of money we expect, so I don't think the money will be a major problem.'

Hearn added: 'It's just whether we do that or do we do a big fight in Nottingham at the end of April, a homecoming. Which route do we go for

'But he's just sitting at home chilling, waiting for that dreaded call that says 'mate, you've got to go back to work!'.

Double: Now Froch is looking at a double-header against Bute

Double: Now Froch is looking at a double-header against Bute

'Carl has got a lot of nice options.'

One of those could be a rematch with Mikkel Kessler, who beat him in a close fight in Denmark in 2010.

'Kessler's team would love the Kessler-Froch fight,” said Hearn. 'Kessler fights on April 14 against Robert Stieglitz for the WBO title and we'd love to do something at the end of the summer with Kessler, for his first defence.

'I think to be honest Ward, Bute, Froch and Kessler are the four super-middleweights that anybody is really interested in. There will just be a kind of round robin in the next two years between them.

'It's like the old days of Benn, Eubank, Watson, McClellan, Collins, that sort of thing. It can go round and round and round.

'George Groves and James DeGale may come into the mix later on.'

Andre Ward beat Carl Froch with broken hand

I beat Froch with one arm! Superstar Ward reveals he fought with broken hand

American Andre Ward has revealed he beat Britain’s Carl Froch in the Super Six super-middleweight final earlier this month despite breaking his left hand in two places in training.

Ward, who recorded a clear points win in Atlantic City on December 17, told ESPN: ‘Early on, the adrenaline was working. But in the sixth round, when I hit him on top of the head, I hit a wall in terms of the pain. But we got through it.’

Champ: Andre Ward was a comfortable winner despite his broken hand

Champ: Andre Ward was a comfortable winner despite his broken hand

Carl Froch has offers to fight Lucian Bute and Mikkel Kessler

Froch receives support and fight offers from rivals after Ward defeat

Carl Froch has received support from the unlikeliest sources after rivals Lucian Bute, Mikkel Kessler and Saturday”s conqueror Andre Ward all offered him lifelines following his crushing defeat by the American.

The Englishman was outclassed by unbeaten WBA champion Ward in Saturday”s Super Six final in Atlantic City, losing his WBC super-middleweight title in a unanimous decision defeat.

Nottingham native Froch was visibly devastated by the result but will perhaps be cheered this week by words of support from unexpected allies.

Outclassed: Carl Froch was beaten by Andre Ward on Saturday, but his career is far from over

Outclassed: Carl Froch was beaten by Andre Ward on Saturday, but his career is far from over

IBF champion Bute is open to a fight with the Englishman if a unification bout with Ward cannot be made quickly and talks are believed to have already begun with Froch”s team.

Kessler, who beat Froch in a close thriller in Denmark last year before pulling out of the tournament with injury, would also be interested according to his promoter Kalle Sauerland.

And even Ward is open to a rematch with Froch, despite the decisive nature of his win.

Sauerland, who hopes Kessler takes the WBO title against Robert Stieglitz in April, said: “It”s funny because the final at the weekend was not really the end of the Super Six. There are so many questions left.

“Froch and Kessler is a fight we”ve got to see again. Wherever the venue is, it is the sort of fight that is made for fans.

Super slick: Andre Ward celebrates defeating Carl Froch and winning the Super Six tournament

Super slick: Andre Ward celebrates defeating Carl Froch and winning the Super Six tournament

“I think you could even do a part two and a part three with one in the UK and one in Denmark, wherever it makes sense and you”ll get a big crowd.

“I would obviously love for Mikkel to get a belt around his waist again but I also think Froch v Kessler is a fight that doesn”t need belts to sell. It”s a war.

“Carl has come out of the tournament with a big name. His brand value has increased hundred-fold so I think he should still see himself as a winner, not a loser.

“The fairest option could be one in England and one in Denmark.”

Ward fighting against Canada-based Romanian Bute would seem to be the logical next step but neither man likes to concede home advantage.

Re-match One of Froch

Re-match One of Froch”s options could be another fight with Mikkel Kessler

Bute against 34-year-old Froch would sell huge numbers in Quebec or England, however.

“I”m Carl”s best opportunity now,” said the unbeaten IBF champion.

“He put in a good fight, with 115-113 by two judges, and he reached the Super Six final between the best super-middleweights.

“Right now I”m his biggest payday but I”m the champion right now and if Carl Froch wants to become a world champion again then he”s going to have to fight me.”

Bute added: “It would be logical for me to fight Ward and Kessler and Froch to fight, then the winners meet, but sometimes boxing is political rather than logical so it”s about money, timing and TV, so we”ll see.”

Froch said: “I”d definitely take the fight with Bute, 100 per cent. It”s a fight I”d want.”

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He”ll be back: Froch has vowed to return to the ring and fight again

Despite being comprehensively beaten by American Ward – albeit with two judges scoring it too close at 115-113 – Froch has gained huge respect around the world for his performances over the last three years.

Indeed, he remains more of a box office draw than the awkward and under-appreciated Ward.

Ward himself said he would be “absolutely” open to a rematch with Froch despite the ease of his victory while the Briton is understandably keen for a chance to address the defeat.

“When you get beaten you always want to avenge the loss,” Froch said.

“Because you come away from the fight and see where you went wrong and now I need to go back and have a look at it.

“Obviously as a fighter, a warrior and a man who is proud, then I want to try to put it straight. But the fight has just happened, it”s been and gone and we can”t yet talk about it happening again. Andre has won the fight fair and square but certainly it”s something I”d like in the future.

“You”ve not seen the end of me, that”s for sure.”