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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.'

Floyd Mayweather reveals $40m offer to fight Manny Pacquiao

'Who wouldn't want to lose for $40m' Mayweather reveals his offer to Pacquiao

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UPDATED:

11:07 GMT, 18 December 2012

Floyd Mayweather has reiterated claims that he
offered Manny Pacquiao the biggest payday of his career to face him in a
$100million superfight.

Pacquiao's defeat by Juan Manuel Marquez earlier this month cast further doubt on a potential mega-fight with Mayweather materialising anytime soon.

Mayweather has two dates set for next year – in May and September – and is yet to reveal his opponents.

But he has revealed that he did make Pacquiao a lucrative offer to fight him, raising hopes that the pair could eventually go toe-to-toe in the ring.

Big money: Floyd Mayweather has reiterated claims that he offered Manny Pacquiao $40million to fight him

Big money: Floyd Mayweather has reiterated claims that he offered Manny Pacquiao $40million to fight him

'I have footage of Manny Pacquiao
talking about what I offered him. I offered him $40m and I told him to
accept that and we could talk about the rest,' said Mayweather.

'The proof is in the pudding. He
received $6m against Timothy Bradley and $8m in this one [against Juan
Manuel Marquez]. What guy wouldn't want to be in a position to take a
loss for $40m He could have made a lot more fighting me.

'I'm very, very comfortable
[financially]. I have great business outside of boxing and all I want to
do is to continue to help the young fighters who are up-and-coming so
the sport of boxing can live on.'

Mayweather returns to the
ring in Las Vegas on May 4 for his first fight since his release from
prison and he admitted that the stretch inside was difficult.

Good to talk: Mayweather claims he has already discussed a potential fight with Pacquiao

Good to talk: Mayweather claims he has already discussed a potential fight with Pacquiao

'I did my time in the hole. I was
locked up for 23 hours a day in a small box and only coming out for one
hour, and at weekends not at all,' he said.

'Not being able to see nothing, not having any contact with anyone can hurt anybody.

'That was a crucial moment for me but
I'm strong and I'm happy to be home. I've got something to live for; my
four children, I want to give them the best education.'

Rising American star Adrien Broner, meanwhile, has been hailed as the successor to pound-for-pound No 1 Mayweather – and has already taught him a lesson on the basketball court.

Broner, 23, the WBC lightweight world champion, has stopped 21 of his 25 opponents and could meet Scotland's Ricky Burns next spring in a mouthwatering unification clash.

On the ball: Mayweather takes on Adrien Broner in a charity basketball game

On the ball: Mayweather takes on Adrien Broner in a charity basketball game

But he showed he can also hold his own outside the ring with a starring role in a charity basketball game in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Nicknamed 'The Problem', Broner went head-to-head with Mayweather, mesmerising the 35-year-old with his close control before leaving him for dead and scoring a basket.

He then performed a spectacular flip in celebration during a match which also featured Amir Khan's conqueror Danny Garcia.

Lance Armstrong scandal: Matt White admits role in doping

Fallout from Armstrong doping revelations continues as cycling chief White quits

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UPDATED:

12:47 GMT, 13 October 2012

Stepping down: White has admitted his involvement in the doping scandal

Stepping down: White has admitted his involvement in the doping scandal

GreenEDGE Cycling sports director Matt White has stepped down from his position after admitting to taking part in doping during his time as a team-mate of Lance Armstrong with US Postal in the early 2000s.

White, who has now also stood down from his role with Cycling Australia's national men's high performance program, admitted doping was part of US Postal team's strategy.

The admission is another damning claim against seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong who has had 11 of his former team-mates give evidence against him to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

White issued a statement today after
earlier being accused of cheating by 2006 Tour de France winner Floyd
Landis while with the US Postal team from 2001-2003.

The statement said: 'I am aware my
name has been mentioned during talks that USADA has had with former
team-mates of mine in their investigation regarding doping activities at
the US Postal Service team.

'I am sad to say that I was part of a team where doping formed part of the team's strategy, and I too was involved in that strategy.

'My involvement is something I am not proud of and I sincerely apologise to my fans, media, family and friends who trusted me and also to other athletes in my era that consciously chose not to dope.'

White stopped racing in 2007 before moving into positions with Slipstream-Chipotle (now Garmin-Sharp) and GreenEDGE.

He said one of the main reasons he stopped racing was the desire to help change the sport with the team's founder Jonathan Vaughters and David Millar.

Scandal: The full extent of Armstrong's doping has been uncovered

Scandal: The full extent of Armstrong's doping has been uncovered

'I stopped my racing career because I had the opportunity to be part of something that had the potential to actually change cycling,' White said.

'The ideas about a clean team that Dave Millar and Jonathan Vaughters spoke to me about back then, were ones that the sport desperately needed.'

White said he understood the criticism the sport had received but believes the culture is slowly changing.

'As a sport, cycling has received a lot of criticism regarding doping and rightfully so – but certain teams have also lead the way in fighting an otherwise never-ending battle to ensure that professional cycling can stay clean,' he said.

'This battle starts from within and we have had great success in changing this in the current culture in our sport.

'I am convinced that this battle will need constant monitoring and we must learn constructively from the past.

'The approach that many riders of my generation had cannot be repeated, and I believe that cycling now has the most rigorous and complete testing regimes of any sport.'

Amir Khan reveals Virgil Hunter training plan ahead of Carlos Molina fight

I'm going back to basics: Khan reveals plan under new trainer for Molina fight

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UPDATED:

14:42 GMT, 9 October 2012

Amir Khan is looking to return to the basics under new trainer Virgil Hunter ahead of his first fight since splitting from Freddie Roach.

Khan, who will meet Carlos Molina in Los Angeles on December 15, severed his ties with Roach following back-to-back defeats and will now be aiming to return to winning ways against the unbeaten American.

Former WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion Khan cited a lack of training time with Roach as one of the major reasons behind his decision to change trainer and is hoping things will be different under Hunter.

Back to basics: Amir Khan is getting ready for his return to the rung against Carlos Molina

Back to basics: Amir Khan is getting ready for his return to the rung against Carlos Molina

He said: 'We have changed a lot of stuff for this upcoming fight, first of all the trainer which I think is a massive part of the camp.

'The reason I had to change trainer is because when you are always winning a fight you never look at the bad points but when you lose a fight you sit down with your team and you go through the whole camp and where you think you went wrong.

'Freddie is a great trainer but I wasn't getting everything I wanted.

'Freddie is a very busy guy and one of the best trainers in the world, I personally the one who called Freddie on the phone and told him I would no longer be training with him.'

The 25-year-old also confirmed he had spoken to several trainers, including Floyd Mayweather Snr, but was comfortable with Hunter and felt he was the right man to progress his career.

Talking up his chance: Khan spoke to the media at The Mayfair Hotel

Talking up his chance: Khan spoke to the media at The Mayfair Hotel

'I spoke to Virgil and the first thing I said to him was that you have Andre Ward and I hope you are not going to be busy like Freddie was with Manny Pacquiao and I do get 100 per cent of your time,' he said.

'He made it clear he is going to be with me 100 per cent and whenever I need him he is going to be there – he wants a fighter/trainer relationship where we speak together and get on well together.'

Following defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia Khan is all-too-aware that he is far from the finished article inside the ring and is ready to utilise the knowledge of his new coach.

He said: 'I'm still not 100 per cent, I've still got room for improvement and it is maybe going back to the basics and looking at where I make mistakes and improving them.

'I'm an offensive fighter and I need my trainer to teach me the defensive part of training whilst at the same time remaining as offensively good.

'So that is what we are going to be working on, we know exactly what we have to do. We have never really had a defence if you think about it.'

Khan feels that Hunter can also get him behaving like a true boxer again as opposed to letting the red mist descend if a bout is not going in his favour.

'My main style was a boxer, using my brains and stuff, and then when you start winning fights so comfortably you can forget about the meaning of being a boxer,' he said.

'What Virgil wants me to do is go back to the boxing again but be a smart boxer and understand what I have to do.

'That is a big part on Virgil too because he has to teach me what he wants me to do and it is about sticking to a gameplan because sometimes when I see red I forget about the gameplan and go all out.'

Fight night: Khan hopes to bounce back from his defeat to Danny Garcia when he takes on Molina in December

Fight night: Khan hopes to bounce back from his defeat to Danny Garcia when he takes on Molina in December

Olympic silver medallist Khan is confident he can reclaim a world title within the next 12 months and is hopeful his legions of fans will continue to support him.

He said: 'It is an ideal fight for us, we have to win this fight to come back and be right at the top.

'I can promise you next year we will fight for a world title and win a world title and become a world champion again.

'I hope the UK fans turn up, I'm sure Molina is going to bring a big fanbase and I'm sure my UK fans plus my American fans are going to turn up and we will make sure we finish the year with a bang.'

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jnr settle court case

Court settlement clears path for $200m Mayweather v Pacquiao superfight

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UPDATED:

09:11 GMT, 26 September 2012

The hotly anticipated superfight between Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao could be taking a step closer as the two fighters are close to settling a long-standing defamation case in Las Vegas.

Fight fans around the world now hope this will pave the way for the $200million showdown in Sin City to be confirmed.

Pacquiao filed the lawsuit in
December 2009 seeking unspecified damages based on allegations that
Floyd Mayweather Jnr defamed him by suggesting he used
performance-enhancing substances.

Who's next Pacquiao will face Marquez in December... but will Mayweather come after that

Who's next Pacquiao will face Marquez in December… but will Mayweather come after that

Terms of the agreement cited in
documents filed in the US District Court in Las Vegas are confidential,
said Malcolm LaVergne, a lawyer representing Floyd Mayweather Jnr's
father in the case.

LaVergne said documents filed under
seal ask US District Judge Larry R. Hicks to dismiss the lawsuit, and
that others involved in the case were preparing a public statement.
Documents filed publicly said each side would bear its own attorney fees
and costs.

In a statement the Mayweathers said: 'We wish to
make it clear that they never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has
used or is using any performance-enhancing drugs, nor are they aware of
any evidence that Manny Pacquiao has used performance-enhancing drugs.'

'The matter has been resolved,' LaVergne said. 'Any alleged terms of the resolution would be strictly confidential. Floyd Mayweather Snr is very happy that this lengthy case has finally come to a conclusion.'

Money matters: Mayweather won his last bout in May against Miguel Cotto

Money matters: Mayweather won his last bout in May against Miguel Cotto

The direction of the case took a turn against Floyd Mayweather Jnr last week, when the judge issued a ruling ordering him to pay 70,000 in legal fees and costs for avoiding questioning under oath from Pacquiao's lawyers.

Hicks faulted Mayweather for failure to comply with a court order. But he earlier rejected a bid by Pacquiao's lawyers to end the lawsuit with a more severe sanction – a default judgment for Pacquiao.

Nevada State Athletic Commission chief Keith Kizer said he wasn't aware of any talks between the two camps about scheduling a fight. But Kizer said such a fight could set records for the highest purse, gate and number of cable television paid viewers.

A Mayweather-Pacquiao fight might eclipse the Mayweather super welterweight fight against Oscar De La Hoya that drew 17,078 fans to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in May 2007, Kizer said. Paid attendance was 11.3m.

'Based on my dealings with the boxing public and boxing insiders, the proposed Mayweather-Pacquiao fight has as much interest as any fight I can remember in the last 20 years,' Kizer said. 'I think this would be our first gate over 12.3m.'

Manny Pacquiao clears way for Floyd Mayweather fight with pay offer

Over to you Floyd… Pacquiao clears way for $100m superfight with open offer on pay

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UPDATED:

08:18 GMT, 21 September 2012

Manny Pacquiao has openly told Floyd Mayweather jnr he will take a smaller purse than his rival in a bid to get their $100million superfight finally inked in.

Mayweather has long insisted that he deserves a larger payday than Pacquiao should the world's two best pound-for-pound boxers ever meet in the ring.

That has proved one of the many stumbling blocks to a deal in the past but now the Filipino superstar has gone public in saying he would take 45 per cent of the purse to allow Mayweather to pocket 55 per cent of the money.

Plenty to say: Manny Pacquiao is promoting his fourth fight with Juan Marquez

Plenty to say: Manny Pacquiao is promoting his fourth fight with Juan Marquez

Plenty to say: Manny Pacquiao is promoting his fourth fight with Juan Marquez

Pacquiao, a world champion in eight weight divisions and a congressman in his native Philippines, faces Juan Marquez for the fourth time on December 8 but already has one eye on the long-awaited bout with the unbeaten Mayweather, and is prepared to pander to his American rival's string of demands to make it happen.

'I’m waiting for that fight to happen,' Pacquiao told ESPN. 'I don’t know what’s the reason why that fight has not happened.

'It’s OK for me if he gets a higher percentage than me.'

Pacquiao spoke to Mayweather on the phone in January and was offered a flat $40m fee with no share of the revenue, which he refused.

String of demands: Floyd Mayweather

String of demands: Floyd Mayweather

'I spoke to Floyd… and he offered me an amount,' Pacquiao added. 'He didn’t talk about the pay-per-views here and that’s it. I can’t agree with that. I told him I agree with 55 and 45 (split).'

Pacquiao also insisted he would have no problem undergoing random blood and urine tests in the build-up to the fight, something Mayweather has always insisted on and which had previously been one of the near countless stumbling blocks delaying a deal.

Mayweather had accused his rival of taking performance-enhancing drugs, which led to Pacquiao taking legal action for defamation in December 2009.

Earlier this week a Las Vegas judge ordered Mayweather to pay 70,000 because he has refused to appear for a deposition with Pacquiao’s lawyers.

'No problem,' Pacquiao said when asked about whether he would undergo testing. 'Whatever he wants to do.

'Even the night of the fight. No problem.'

Pacquiao must overcome Marquez to have any hope of facing Mayweather. The Filipino has won two and drawn one of their three previous fights, but many observers – and Marquez – have contested that the Mexican deserved to win.

Ricky Hatton to return to boxing

The Hitman is back! Hatton poised for ring return after three-year exile

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UPDATED:

18:22 GMT, 11 September 2012

The worst-kept secret in sport is out. The Hitman is back.

Ricky Hatton's return to the ring three years after he was knocked unconscious by Manny Pacquiao will be confirmed officially on Friday.

After weeks of hard training and soul searching, Hatton, 33, will shake off the ring rust against a journeyman opponent in Manchester – his fanatical army of fellow Mancunians are sure to turn out in force.

Ringside: Hatton will reveal his future plans at a press conference on Friday

Ringside: Hatton will reveal his future plans at a press conference on Friday

This is the plunge Hatton vowed never to take when he formally announced his retirement last year.

The U-turn has been driven by the
itch to fight again which gnaws at all great boxers, a nagging
reluctance to go out on his back after knockouts by Floyd Mayweather and
Pacquiao, and the need to find television exposure for the stable of
youngsters he promotes.

Personal money is not the lure.
Hatton is a multi-millionaire. The urge to fight again took on the
heated proportions of a crusade when Sky Sports pulled the plug on his
shows even though proteges like Scott Quigg are closing on world title
shots.

Naturally, the prospect of the Hitman himself climbing back into the prize-ring has attracted a queue of alternative networks.

Game over Hatton was destroyed by Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas

Game over Hatton was destroyed by Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas

It is believed that a new TV deal has been brokered with Hatton committed to at least two or three fights.

In our recent poll a majority of
fight fans urged Hatton not to risk a comeback but the health issues are
not that simple in his case.

At 33 – even though those years have been lived high on the hog – he is still of a good fighting age.

Whether his punch resistance has been
weakened by his old binge-drinking and the heavy defeats by Pacquiao
and Mayweather is a question which only a return to action can answer.

The medical case in favour of him
boxing again is made by the dedication he has been pouring into his
training – rather than from a glass – during the last few months.

Ring rusty: Hatton hasn't fought competitively since he faced Pacquiao

Ring rusty: Hatton hasn't fought competitively since he faced Pacquiao

There can be no denying that Hatton's
lifestyle is much healthier when he is an active boxer. He has barely
touched hard drink while coming down to within less than a stone of his
world light-welterweight title winning poundage.

Ricky Fatton – as he humorously called himself between fights – said: 'I'm so slim now I nearly fell through a street grating.'

Clearly, that sharp-witted mind remains undamaged by the blows this warrior has taken while thrilling crowds around the world.

The duration of his comeback will be determined by the first couple of bouts.

But if his skills are undiminished
more big nights in Manchester and Vegas – even including returns matches
with Mayweather and Pacquiao – are not out of the question.

Since Hatton is more likely to damage
his well-being outside rather than inside the ring, the British Boxing
Board of Control have no grounds on which to refuse to re-license him.

And who does have the right to tell any athlete not to take part in the sport he loves

Amir Khan loses to Danny Garcia

Khan suffers stunning defeat to Garcia in Vegas as Brit loses world title again

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UPDATED:

04:13 GMT, 15 July 2012

Amir Khan's career lies in tatters after he suffered a devastating second successive defeat in Las Vegas as Danny Garcia knocked him down three times en route to a fourth-round stoppage win.

The 25-year-old Englishman admitted recently that he had endured the toughest spell of his career after a torrid six months which saw him suffer a controversial defeat by Lamont Peterson and a bitter fall-out which saw their rematch scrapped after the American failed tested positive for synthetic testosterone.

Khan, who had perhaps naively talked about fighting Floyd Mayweather in the near future, had the WBA belt he lost that night returned to him but lost that to Garcia as the American caused a huge upset to retain his own WBC crown and become a unified champion at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Down and out: Amir Khan was stopped by Danny Garcia after being knocked down three times

Down and out: Amir Khan was stopped by Danny Garcia after being knocked down three times

Danny Garcia (R) lands a right hand to the head of Amir Khan of Great Britain

Khan came into the fight with a record of 26-2 with 18 knockout wins while Garcia boasted 23 wins, 14 early, and no defeats.

Despite Khan coming off a defeat in his last bout, the Briton was a heavy betting favourite and the majority of the 7,000-strong crowd were in his corner.

Khan flew out of the blocks and barely a second had elapsed when he landed a beautiful left hook-right hand combination.

He easily won the first round with sharp, attacking jabs and hooks, while Garcia had to settle for two right crosses and a naughty low blow, for which he was warned.

Good start: Amir Khan (left) took the fight to Danny Garcia in the opening rounds

Good start: Amir Khan (left) took the fight to Danny Garcia in the opening rounds

Garcia landed a nice right in the second but Khan retaliated immediately. Khan also won the second but had to take sporadic body shots and a strong overhand right from the Philadelphian.

Garcia was cut over his right eye in the round, though it was unclear how the wound was inflicted.

Khan landed an excellent lead left in the third which Garcia shrugged off well, while the American was also having occasional successes himself. Another warning for low hitting was perhaps harsh.

The fight then exploded as a counter left from Garcia floored Khan hard. He got to his feet quickly but was clearly devoid of his senses.

Coming back: Garcia took the fight to Khan in the third round and delivered a devastating left hand

Coming back: Garcia took the fight to Khan in the third round and delivered a devastating left hand

Referee Kenny Bayless scandalously allowed it to go on – Khan had no idea where he was – and the Briton was saved by the bell as Garcia threw a massive right and a left on the bell had Khan struggling again.

After a minute to recover Khan looked in better shape for the fourth. What followed was one of the most brutal rounds in recent memory.

Garcia threw huge power shots in search of the stoppage and Khan was soon down again, this time from a right, which saw him trip on the rope.

Referee Kenny Bayless (L) holds Amir Khan of Britain after he was knocked down in the fourth round

Danny Garcia of the U.S. celebrates his fourth round victory over Amir Khan of Britain

Game over: Khan is judged to be in no state to continue (left) as Garcia celebrates his stunning victory

Khan somehow survived and amazingly began firing shots back as the two men stood and traded crashing blows. Khan actually goaded Garcia in and landed a good shot himself, hitting Garcia with an uppercut and left.

Khan was then down a third time when he was caught by a glancing left and right to the temple.

Again he got up quickly, but when Bayless stared into his eyes, the referee finally decided enough was enough.

Amir Khan v Danny Garcia LIVE

LIVE: Amir Khan v Danny Garcia – round-by-round coverage of the big fight

Amir Khan goes head-to-head with Danny Garcia in tonight's light-welterweight showdown.

You can keep
track of all the latest news and pictures from Las Vegas as Sportsmail brings you unrivalled coverage.

Khan lost in controversial fashion to Lamont Peterson in his last fight, but has since been awarded the WBA belt after the American was stripped of the title after failing a drugs test. Khan is looking to beat Garcia and add the WBC and Ring Magazine belts to his collection.

Email your thoughts on the big fight to [email protected] or via Twitter @martin_domin

4.16am: Garcia is first in to the ring, undefeated in 23 outings.

4.15am: Here they come…

4.05am: Both fighters have promised to end this bout early. Khan seems particularly fired up after Garcia's father spent the week mouthing off with some highly inappropriate comments.

4am: Derek Fay has emailed in: 'Delighted Chisora lost. Hopefully Khan puts on a display and fights Mayweather before Mayweather gets too old/slow! Fights helping the night shift stumble along.'

3.55am: Peterson did enjoy success when he marched Khan down, getting him where he wanted before unleashing his shots. Khan's speed will be crucial in this one.

3.45am: Not long until the fighters take centre stage. Very important that Khan is focused tonight and that he doesn't have one eye on Floyd Mayweather. There seems little doubt that he took Peterson lightly last year. He can't do the same tonight.

3.35am: Tobi Wee writes: 'I hope this fight will be at least half as great as the
Haye fight, I normally only stay up for the heavyweights or Mayweather, hope we
won't all be disappointed with an anticlimax. And talking of the winner, my
money ain't on anyone, I've not seen Garcia fight.'

3.25am: Garcia has only held his WBC belt for less than four months after beating Erik Morales over 12 rounds. Morales was a four-weight world champion but was past his best when defeated by Garcia. There is little doubt Khan has beaten then better fighters in his career.

3.15am: So, how do you think this fight will shape up Let me know using the details below. For me, Khan wins but I reckon he might have to go the distance against the unbeaten Garcia.

3.05am: Khan and Garcia are expected in the ring at 4.10am.

2.55am: Along with Khan's title, Garcia's WBC belt and the Ring Magazine belt will be on the line tonight.

2.45am: It's seven months since Khan was controversially beaten by Lamont Peterson in Washington as he lost his WBA and IBF titles. But after the American tested positive for testosterone ahead of their May rematch, Khan has been reinstated as the WBA's champion.

2.25am: I've raced from Upton Park where I saw David Haye deliver a stunning knockout of Dereck Chisora. Lets hope we see another cracking fight, this time in Las Vegas.

2.30am: Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of Amir Khan's fight with Danny Garcia.

Ready to go: Amir Khan (left) and Danny Garcia during the face off at the weigh-in

Ready to go: Amir Khan (left) and Danny Garcia during the face off at the weigh-in

No rush for Kell Brook world title fight, says promoter

Brook aiming for world title shot this year… but promoter Hearn says there is no rush

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UPDATED:

16:43 GMT, 3 July 2012

Promoter Eddie Hearn has called for patience as the clamour for emerging star Kell Brook to fight for a world title intensifies.

Unbeaten Sheffield welterweight Brook rose through the ranks steadily before seeing his profile soar since teaming up with Hearn's Matchroom firm.

A number of big wins over the past year, coupled with a rapidly growing fanbase, has given Brook, his supporters and the media itchy feet as he inches towards a world title shot.

Face off: Kell Brook and Carson Jones go head to head before their fight as promoter Eddie Hearn stands in the middle

Face off: Kell Brook and Carson Jones go head to head before their fight as promoter Eddie Hearn stands in the middle

However, Brook must beat American Carson Jones on Saturday before meeting Argentinian Hector Saldivia in a final eliminator for a shot at the title, which is currently held by Randall Bailey.

Hearn insists the process must take time in order to secure a mandatory title shot.

'I know everybody wants Kell Brook to go and fight Floyd Mayweather tomorrow but the guy is 26 years of age,' he said.

'There is no tearing rush. I want to make sure we're in a position this year to fight for a world title but what is so important to us is that Kell Brook becomes a mandatory challenger for a world title.

Unbeaten: Brook has a perfect record so far

Unbeaten: Brook has a perfect record so far

'We're not prepared to take two or three-fight options for small money in return for a voluntary shot. We want to work our way into a mandatory position. So if that takes an extra fight or an extra two months, it doesn't bother me in the slightest.

'I hear Devon Alexander is going to fight Randall Bailey, the champion, at the beginning of September. So that's fine.

'We'll take the winner, but we'll take them as a mandatory, so there are no ties, we don't have to take a ridiculous purse and meaning we can go and win the world title and then effectively we're a free agent.

'It's so difficult to manufacture a world title shot, particularly in this division. That's why we want to become a mandatory.

Title shot: Brook is aiming for a world title fight before the end of the year

Title shot: Brook is aiming for a world title fight before the end of the year

'It's a big fight anyway. I expect Alexander to beat Bailey so Brook v Alexander, probably some time in December, is going to be a huge fight.

'He's got to beat Saldivia first – he's got to beat Carson Jones even before that – but we're confident of winning both.'

Brook (27-0, 18KOs) and Jones (34-8-2, 24KO wins) came face to face again today for the first time since a fractious meeting when the fight was announced. And the Yorkshireman continued to try to get under Jones' skin at the final pre-fight press conference.

'I notice Carson's slimmed down and looks trim but that big head of his hasn't shrunk down,' he said. 'We're going to be hitting that big head on Saturday and hurting him.”

Addressing Jones directly, he added: 'I don't like the kid. I can't wait to knock you out. You've been beaten before whereas I don't think I've even lost a round.

'You sure aren't going to touch me. You're going to get smoked!'

Oklahoma native Jones unsurprisingly claimed his preparations have been perfect and said: 'I don't care who I'm fighting, I'm going to train like I'm fighting Floyd Mayweather.

'This guy has never been in with anybody as bad as I am.'

Demanding Brook's attention, Jones added: 'Look at me – I feel sorry for you on Saturday.'