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Kell Brook world title fight with Devon Alexander pencilled in for February or March

Brook world title fight back on: Alexander showdown pencilled in for February or March

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22:08 GMT, 13 December 2012

Rising British star Kell Brook has been given a provisional New Year date for a big world title fight in America.

Golden Boy promotions are pencilling in either February 23 or March 2 as the rescheduled date for the injured Brook’s challenge to welterweight champion Devon Alexander in Los Angeles.

Date with destiny: The Sheffield boxer will get his world title shot in February or March

Date with destiny: The Sheffield boxer will get his world title shot in February or March

Unbeaten: Brook has won all 29 of his professional fights with 19 knockouts

Unbeaten: Brook has won all 29 of his professional fights with 19 knockouts

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn told BBC 5 Live: ‘Kell could have fought as planned next month but would only have been about 60 per cent fit after injury his ankle and missing road running.

'He is a little down in the dumps but in order to do himself justice, he can't fight on that day.

'I didn't want hundreds or thousands of Brits booking their flights to America and losing out.

'There's no way after all the work we've done, we can let a 60 per cent Kell Brook go into what is a 50/50 fight.

'It's not a terrible injury; he
turned it in Fuerteventura and he can't exert himself as well as the
strength and science guys want him to.'

Hearn continued: ‘We would prefer March 2 to give him more time to be 100 per cent for a fight as tough and important as this one.

'If it was up to Kell Brook, he'd fight but I have to intervene and listen to the experts.You cannot go out to America if you have any doubts in your mind.

'New York comes back into play and they're also talking about Detroit. We don't mind where we go but what does matter is that Kell is ready for the biggest fight of his life.'

Kell Brook hopes to avenge Diego Maradona"s Hand of God

Hand of Kell! Brook ready to punish Argentine Saldivia in final eliminator

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10:57 GMT, 16 October 2012

Kell Brook has promised to avenge Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal against England in 1986 by punishing Argentina's Hector Saldivia in Sheffield on Saturday.

The 26-year-old hopes to take the final step towards a world title fight when he faces Saldivia in the IBF welterweight final eliminator.

And Brook has called on the Steel City to give him a helping hand during what he expects to be his toughest fight to date.

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Payback: Brook hopes to avenge Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal

Payback: Brook hopes to avenge Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal

Brook said: 'This is going to be the toughest fight of my career. Saldivia is a dangerous opponent and I really need my fans to get behind me. Their support can spur me on to that title shot.

'There’s a strong sporting rivalry between England and Argentina, and I’m going to do my bit to settle an old score. I hope the nation gets behind me this weekend.'

Brook will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to 29 fights against Saldivia who boasts a record of 41 wins from 43 bouts, including 32 knockouts.

Raring to go: Kell Brook (left) takes on Hector Saldivia on Saturday

Raring to go: Kell Brook (left) takes on Hector Saldivia on Saturday

And the Sheffield man is calling on his supporters to send messages of support via Twitter using the hashtag #HandOfKell.

The most inspirational ones will be printed onto a limited edition set of gloves which will be awarded to the person who tweets the most inspirational message.

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Ricky Hatton to return to boxing

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

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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

George Groves expecting tough fight against Francisco Sierra

Groves preparing for toughest fight yet as Brit takes on Sierra in San Jose

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15:42 GMT, 25 July 2012

George Groves is expecting the toughest fight of his career when he faces Mexican Francisco Sierra in San Jose on Saturday.

The unbeaten super middleweight has been out of the ring since his punishing knockout win over Paul Smith last November.

But Groves is confident he will be sharp enough to deal with the hard-hitting 24-year-old.

Back in action: George Groves has been out of the ring since November

Back in action: George Groves has been out of the ring since November

‘I identified Sierra as a real threat and he could the best I’ve faced yet,’ the Londoner said.

‘He has a really good record and he’s been in with some really good fighters and he’s only lost a couple of times.

‘He usually goes the distance so I hope to wear him down but he’s got 22 knockouts from 25 fights so he’ll be looking for the KO.

‘When he looks to land the big shots, I can show my skills.

Stateside: Groves is in San Jose ahead of his fight with Francisco Sierra

Stateside: Groves is in San Jose ahead of his fight with Francisco Sierra

‘Having time out of the ring is normal; I won’t have more than two or three fights a year. You’ll see a new side to me. I’ll show more variety and a more fluid style. ‘

Groves is expected to face Scot Kenny Anderson for this British title at Wembley Arena on September 14 subject to purse bids.

The pair first fought almost two years ago when Groves was dropped for the first time in his career before recovering to stop Anderson in the sixth round.

George Groves v Francisco Sierra will be live on Box Nation on Sunday morning (ring walk 2am) on Sky channel 437 and Virgin channel 546

Manny Pacquiao beaten by Tim Bradley after controversial split decision

World's end for Pacquiao as Bradley wins controversial split decision in Las Vegas

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11:30 GMT, 10 June 2012

Manny Pacquiao has lost his WBO welterweight belt to Timothy Bradley after a controversial split decision victory for the challenger at Las Vegas' MGM Grand.

Pacquiao appeared to have done more than enough to take the decision, despite slowing down in the later stages, but was left stunned as two judges scored the bout 115-113 to the unbeaten Bradley and one handed the win to Pacquiao by the same score.

Defeat must now place the long-delayed but much-debated super-fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr in serious doubt.

World champion: Bradley celebrates after defeating Pacquiao to win the WBO welterweight championship

World champion: Bradley celebrates after defeating Pacquiao to win the WBO welterweight championship

The win improves Bradley's record to 29-0, with 12 knockouts, but there is sure to be considerable discussion about the manner of this result.

Pacquiao's entrance to the fight was delayed, with the Filipino reportedly using a treadmill working on tight calves.

When he did arrive, he started sluggishly in the opening round only to land three meaty lefts in the closing moments to apparently edge it.

What next The hotly anticipated fight with Mayweather may not happen now

What next The hotly anticipated fight with Mayweather may not happen now

What next The hotly anticipated fight with Mayweather may not happen now

Bradley was allowing too many lefts to land, but was working hard to keep himself in the game, landing decent right-hands in the second and third round.

Pacquiao nevertheless looked comfortable, boxing within himself but seemingly controlling the pace.
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On a hope and a prayer: Pacquiao has recently devoted his life to religion

On a hope and a prayer: Pacquiao has recently devoted his life to religion

Bradley enjoyed his best moments of the fight in the last three rounds as Pacquiao's control waned a little and the challenger unleashed an array of punches in the 12th to close on a high.

When the judges returned their verdicts the crowd reacted angrily and began to jeer, while Pacquiao looked incredulous.

Negative reaction from the boxing world did not take long to filter out via Twitter.

Controversy: Many spectators believed Pacquiao won the majority of the rounds and should have retained his belt

Controversy: Many spectators believed Pacquiao won the majority of the rounds and should have retained his belt

Controversy: Many spectators believed Pacquiao won the majority of the rounds and should have retained his belt

Amir Khan, who has been rebuffed by Bradley in the past, was critical of the verdict but quick to offer himself as a potential opponent.

In a series of Tweets, he wrote: 'What a robbery. Bradley did not win this fight. The crowd are booing while he's being interviewed.

'What a joke we had Manny winning by 5 rounds. Bradley how about you take the fight with me in December after I clean up the 140lbs weight.

Belt up: Bradley and Pacquiao share an embrace after the result was announced

Belt up: Bradley and Pacquiao share an embrace after the result was announced

Belt up: Bradley and Pacquiao share an embrace after the result was announced

'If Bradley wants it I'm ready, he turned me down twice. After I beat (Danny) Garcia I will offer Bradley the fight for the 3rd time.'

Khan had previously been critical of the judging in his own defeat at the hands of Lamont Peterson in December.

Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis also appeared unimpressed by the scoring.

He wrote: 'Unbelievable! PacBradley This is another stain on boxing. Even worse than my draw with Holyfield! Disgraceful.'

Disbelief: Pacquiao's hordes of fans in Marikina City, east of Manila cannot believe the result

Disbelief: Pacquiao's hordes of fans in Marikina City, east of Manila, cannot believe the result

Disbelief: Pacquiao's hordes of fans in Marikina City, east of Manila cannot believe the result

Carl Froch reveals he would have retired had he lost to Lucian Bute

Devastating Froch reveals he would have retired had he lost title fight to Bute

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UPDATED:

02:05 GMT, 27 May 2012

Carl Froch delivered a performance of devastating brutality to snatch Lucian Bute's IBF super-middleweight title before revealing he had considered retiring after losing his previous fight.

The popular Nottingham 34-year-old was regarded as the underdog heading into the contest with unbeaten Romanian Bute, who was making a rare foray outside of his Canadian stronghold.

One way traffic: Froch battered Bute

One way traffic: Froch battered Bute

But Froch proved emphatically that defeat by Andre Ward last time out was by no means the beginning of the end for him, stopping the stunned Bute in the fifth round to add the IBF crown to the WBC belt he held twice in the past.

Froch, whose record read 28-2 with 20 early wins coming into the fight, admitted in the build-up to the contest that he had much to prove after losing to Ward in the Super Six tournament final in America before Christmas.

He was at least able to rely on home support for the first time in three years after a daunting run of fights on foreign soil while Bute, 30-0 with 24 knockouts before the fight, also wanted to answer his critics who questioned his unblemished but untested record.

'My decade of training as a professional with my trainer Robert McCracken has come together tonight and it had to, because after the devastating defeat to Andre Ward I was left questioning my future in the sport,' he revealed.

'The desire has never been in question because I've always wanted to win the four belts and become a legend and remain at the top of the game until I get sick of it.

Class act: Froch and girlfriend Rachael Cordingley celebrate

Class act: Froch and girlfriend Rachael Cordingley celebrate

'I'm not sick of it yet. I still love boxing, I still love getting up in the morning and running, I love seeing my body change over the training camp. All that tonight has been brought to a head with this win.

'A lot of people, who are entitled to their opinion, had a lot to say. There's been a lot of negativity floating around but that drives me on and fuels me.

'But I did this tonight for myself. Because if I didn't win tonight, I would have been left questioning my future in the sport.

'I may have even thought about announcing my retirement. But I'm so far from that after that performance because it was so clinical and devastating.

'I felt so strong and fit, I felt like I turned back time. I knew it was do or die tonight. I knew that if I couldn't perform at this level any more then I don't want to go back to fighting for British and Commonwealth titles.

'But that was the very best of me tonight and there's a lot more to come in the future.'

Carl Froch annihilates Lucian Bute to win IBF super-middleweight title before baying Nottingham crowd

Froch annihilates previously unbeaten Bute to win IBF super-middleweight title

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00:48 GMT, 27 May 2012

Carl Froch proved himself as one of the finest fighters on the planet by destroying IBF super-middleweight title-holder Lucian Bute to become a three-time world champion in his home city.

The popular Nottingham 34-year-old was regarded as the underdog heading into the contest with unbeaten Romanian Bute, who was making a rare foray outside of his Canadian stronghold.

But Froch proved emphatically that defeat by Andre Ward last time out was by no means the beginning of the end for him, stopping the stunned Bute in the fifth round to add the IBF crown to the WBC belt he held twice in the past.

Going down: Froch launches a savage attack on Bute in the fifth round, leading to the referee to end the fight

Going down: Froch launches a savage attack on Bute in the fifth round, leading to the referee to end the fight

He said: 'It's still sinking in. I just want to say a big thank you to all the fans for coming here.'

For Froch the win was the right answer after he was criticised following the defeat to Ward.

He added: 'After the Andre Ward defeat I was very deflated. I was here tonight to put right a wrong.

'I came here more determined than I've ever been before. I've been guilty of switching off in the past but tonight I've been very focused,' he told Sky Sports.

On the attack: Carl Froch breaches Lucian Bute's defences

On the attack: Carl Froch breaches Lucian Bute's defence

Froch, whose record read 28-2 with 20 early wins coming into the fight, admitted in the build-up to the contest that he had much to prove after losing to Ward in the Super Six tournament final in America before Christmas.

He was at least able to rely on home support for the first time in three years after a daunting run of fights on foreign soil while Bute, 30-0 with 24 knockouts before tonight, also wanted to answer his critics who questioned his unblemished but untested record.

Onslaught: Froch was in incredible form, demolishing his opponent from the off

Onslaught: Froch was in incredible form, demolishing his opponent from the off

Roared on by a partisan crowd at the Capital FM Arena, Froch started positively.

After a cagey opening 30 seconds it was he who landed first, but received a warning for hitting on the break after the follow-up exchange.

zEmotion: Froch salutes the Nottingham faithful after an incredible performance

Emotion: Froch salutes the Nottingham faithful after an incredible performance

He was the aggressor throughout the first round but found Bute ready with the trademark counters.
Bute landed a strong southpaw left in the second as Froch jabbed his way in successfully.

Froch won the second round too, finishing it emphatically with a right hand, left hook combination which hurt Bute.

Mutual respect: Bute and Froch embrace after the bout

Mutual respect: Bute and Froch embrace after the bout

Bute landed a good jab and left but Froch responded immediately and hurt his man with a succession of ferocious shots.

Bute was on wobbly legs and clinging on desperately.

Celebration time: Eddie Hearn grabs Froch after a most memorable fight

Celebration time: Eddie Hearn grabs Froch after a most memorable fight

Froch mercilessly marched forward and Bute still stood despite a hurtful right uppercut.

Froch was threatening to punch himself out, winging in shots, but also paused for breath to try to find the finisher.

Outclassed: Bute was handed some harsh lessons

Outclassed: Bute was handed some harsh lessons

Bute landed two counter lefts and somehow survived the round but Froch undoubtedly sensed the finish was in his sights.

Both men traded leather in the fourth as Froch hammered home a powerful right and followed it up with a flurry. But Bute, to his credit, planted his feet and fired back wilfully.

Great stuff: Froch

Proud: Rachael Cordingley congratulates Froch

Epic: Froch hails the fans and kisses girlfriend Rachael Cordingley

Froch jumped in with a right which had Bute in peril once again and another looked like forcing the end.

Bute, however, was saved by the bell as Froch landed a fierce left hook at the end of the round.
Bute was timid and unsteady when the fifth round got under way.

Toast of the town: Froch won in fornt of a baying home corwd

Toast of the town: Froch won in fornt of a baying home corwd

A right hand rocked his head back sickeningly and another, after several unanswered shots, forced him down with only the ropes holding him up.

Referee Earl Brown began administering a count – the crowd believed he had called it off – but when Bute's corner entered the ring to spare their man further punishment, Froch's redemption was complete in spectacular style.

Amir Khan looks beyond Danny Garcia clash

Khan looking beyond Garcia clash and eyes welterweight division

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22:46 GMT, 24 May 2012

Moving on up: Khan will first have to deal with his latest challenger

Moving on up: Khan will first have to deal with his latest challenger

Amir Khan is already contemplating more lucrative bouts than his WBC light-welterweight clash with Danny Garcia on July 14 – although the Briton insists he is not taking the unbeaten American's challenge lightly.

Khan has made little secret of his desire to move up to the talent-rich welterweight division.

The 25-year-old is desperate to test himself against the very best, with both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fighting at or around the 147lb mark.

'My plan is to move up to 147 and face one of the big names up there,' Khan said.

'You've got Victor Ortiz, you've got Manny and Mayweather.

'There are super names there so I'll be in that mix and we'll sit down with (trainer) Freddie Roach and see what route we're going to take with the big names.'

Khan, however, was quick to rule out a fight with Pacquiao, who is also trained by the highly-regarded Roach.

'I'll never fight Manny Pacquiao,' Khan added. 'We get on quite well, me and Manny are good friends.

'I don't think Freddie would be happy if we fought each other in the ring.'

First, Khan will look to get back to winning ways against Garcia, who impressively beat Mexican Erik Morales in his first world title shot in March.

The 24-year-old American is unbeaten in 23 fights, including 14 knockouts, and looms as one of the toughest challenges in Khan's career, with their showdown having been confirmed on Thursday.

Controversy: Khan lost to Lamont Peterson (right)

Controversy: Khan lost to Lamont Peterson (right)

'Danny Garcia's a young fighter,' said Khan. 'He's only had 23 fights. He's unbeaten, he's strong, he's got power and he has speed.

'I think it's a bit early for him to be fighting me but him being a world champion, I think it'll be a good fight as he's never tasted defeat before.

'He's not coming into the fight just to make up the numbers, he's coming to win the fight.'

Khan was looking to regain the titles he lost on a controversial points decision defeat to Lamont Peterson in Washington last December in a re-match fight that was scheduled to take place last Saturday.

Blurred future: Khan reacts after losing a split decision to Peterson

Blurred future: Khan reacts after losing a split decision to Peterson

However, the bout for the WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles was cancelled earlier this month after Peterson failed a drugs test, with the validity of their first bout remaining under question.

A hearing next month will decide on whether to strip Peterson of the two belts and hand Khan a unification title shot against the impressive Garcia at an as-yet-unnamed venue.

'I'd love the IBF and the WBA to give those titles back or to put them up when I next fight,' added Khan. 'I think Lamont Peterson should face a ban. I think taking drugs in sport is wrong and it's not fair.'

New challenge: Danny Garcia (right) lands a right on Kendall Holt

New challenge: Danny Garcia (right) lands a right on Kendall Holt

Ricky Burns aiming for greatness after title defence

Burns aiming for greatness after first defence of lightweight title

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UPDATED:

19:04 GMT, 11 March 2012

Ricky Burns has his sights set on bigger fights after a confident if unspectacular first defence of his WBO lightweight belt.

The Scot scored a unanimous points win over Namibia-based Paulus Moses in front of a 6,000 capacity crowd at Braehead Arena on the outskirts of Glasgow.

Burns has now won six fights at world level and will discuss options with promoter Frank Warren and manager Alex Morrison early next week.

Workmanlike: Burns was made to battle to retain his title

Workmanlike: Burns was made to battle to retain his title

A fight with Londoner Kevin Mitchell, who holds the WBO inter-continental belt after a thrilling victory against John Murray, would capture the imagination of boxing fans on both sides of the border, but Burns was reluctant to name names after his latest comfortable triumph.

Burns said: 'I'm happy to get the win, it was a good fight and a good 12 rounds in the bank.

'I'll get a wee break now and sit down and talk about what happens next.
There have been a few names out there mentioned.

'I have always said I will fight whoever they put in front of me. Rather than me shout out names and who I want to fight, I'll do my talking in the ring. Whoever they want to get me to fight, it's no problem at all.

'I got the win and we can start looking at bigger fights now.'

Although Burns was never in trouble, the scorecard of 119-110 120-110 117-111 probably did not reflect the difficulty Burns had against the 33-year-old former WBA lightweight champion, who has 19 knockouts to his name.

Face in the crowd: Burns has praised the Glaswegians who cheered him on

Face in the crowd: Burns has praised the Glaswegians who cheered him on

Burns, who struggled with a minor shoulder injury in the final few rounds, acknowledged his opponent's threat had forced him into caution at times.

'Some of the rounds it was tough,' Burns said. 'He could punch, he caught me with a few good right hands.

'I've always said I can take a good shot. I shrugged it off and got on with the fight.'

The Coatbridge boxer, who dominated the first five rounds, added: 'A few times I banged them (body shots) in, a couple of times I thought I hurt him.

'But he was taking them well and I didn`t want to dive in because I didn't know if he was trying to draw me in.

'He was looking for the counters all the time and the right hand over the top, which he caught me with a couple of times.

'I thought I was doing all right but maybe I shouldn't have got caught those couple of times.

Tough cookie: Moses was difficult for Burns to overcome

Tough cookie: Moses was difficult for Burns to overcome

'But I'm still learning and I've always said there are still more improvements to come. I can look onwards and upwards now.'

Whatever the profile of the next opponent for Burns, who gets married next month, he has proved he can draw an increasingly large crowd.

Braehead had been only half full for his previous two fights there despite his stunning victory over Roman Martinez at the smaller Kelvin Hall.

After fights in Liverpool and Wembley, Burns sold out the arena and the atmosphere at times evoked that memorable night against the previously unbeaten Martinez, when Burns upset the odds to win the WBO super-featherweight title.

The 28-year-old said: 'I just want to thank everyone that has come down. I couldn`t believe it when I walked out.

'The fans were fantastic and I hope they all had a good time. When I walked out the changing room, you could hear them all singing.

'Everyone says the Glasgow crowd are excellent and they proved that again.'

Wladimir Klitschko wants Jean-Marc Mormeck to be his 50th career knock out

Klitschko aiming to make Mormeck his 50th career KO in title showdown

Heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko is targetting his 50th career knock out when he takes on outsider Jean-Marc Mormeck in Duesseldorf on Saturday.

Ukrainian Klitschko, whose older brother Vitali beat Dereck Chisora on points earlier this month to retain his WBC crown, holds the IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA versions of the title.

'I am ready for this challenge,’ Klitschko said. ‘I still have the hunger and I do not take this fight lightly.

Belts on the line: Ukraine's boxer Wladimir Klitschko is up against Jean-Marc Mormeck

Belts on the line: Ukraine's boxer Wladimir Klitschko is up against Jean-Marc Mormeck

'When you see how he talks, looks and moves then that shows he has the will and determination to become the first world heavyweight champion from France.’

The 35-year-old warned the Frenchman, nicknamed ‘Mini Tyson’ because of his build, would be no pushover even though he was 17 centimetres shorter at 1.81 metres than the Ukrainian.

'It is extremely difficult to box against a man who is a lot shorter,’ said Vladimir. ‘It does not make my job easier.’

Respect: Klitschko and Jean-Marc Mormeck shake hands

Respect: Klitschko and Jean-Marc Mormeck shake hands

Klitschko has notched 49 knockouts in his 59 professional fights, and has lost three.

The fight had to be rescheduled from its original December date after Klitschko pulled out to undergo surgery to remove a kidney stone.

Mormeck, the 38-year-old former cruiserweight world champion, said he did not fear the Ukrainian, who will have a much bigger reach.

'I have an iron will and am tough. I fear no one and that is my mental strength,’ he said.

Big difference: Klitschko towers over Mormeck at the stare down

Big difference: Klitschko towers over Mormeck at the stare down

‘Does he have that as well'

Compared to brother Vitali's controversial bout against Chisora, which featured Chisora slapping the WBC champion during the weigh-in and exchanging punches with fellow boxer David Haye in a post-fight press conference, preparations for this bout have so far been peaceful.

'But it is still Monday and a Vitali's press conference also was peaceful. Let's see what happens at the weigh-in,' Klitschko said.