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Carl Frampton stops Kiko Martinez to claim European title

Frampton wins European title and becomes first man to stop Martinez with dominant win

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

23:44 GMT, 9 February 2013

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UPDATED:

01:13 GMT, 10 February 2013

Carl Frampton sent out a chilling message to the super bantamweight division by becoming the first man to stop Kiko Martinez and rip the European title from the stunned Spaniard in Belfast.

Frampton, 25, had twice seen a meeting with the champion postponed when Martinez pulled out and had promised to make his adversary pay the ultimate price.

And he did just that, knocking the 26-year-old out with a bludgeoning right hand in the ninth round.
Martinez is no stranger to Ireland having stunned Bernard Dunne inside one round in Dublin six years ago and he had promised to silence the fervent home crowd once again.

Champion: Carl Frampton stopped Kiko Martinez in the ninth round to claim the European title

Champion: Carl Frampton stopped Kiko Martinez in the ninth round to claim the European title

Frampton meanwhile delivered a
career-best performance in September when disposing of two-time world
champion Steve Molitor in six rounds.

But the Canadian was clearly past his
best on that occasion and Martinez, who shares a trainer with world
middleweight champion and namesake Sergio, was expected to pose an
altogether tougher test.

And so it proved as he went in search
of his younger opponent in a cagey first round. Frampton, content to
box on the back foot, landed the first meaningful punch with a solid
left hook to the body.

Martinez was quick out of the blocks
in the second stanza, forcing the home favourite back on to the ropes.
While Frampton stuck to the game plan for the most part, boxing at range
and picking his punches; when he did engage at close quarters, he was
given a sharp reminder of the visitor's knockout power.

Team: Frampton celebrates with his manager Barry McGuigan and trainer Shane McGuigan

Team: Frampton celebrates with his manager Barry McGuigan and trainer Shane McGuigan

Frampton picked up the pace in the
subsequent round, delivering impressive combinations before withdrawing
to the outskirts of the ring.

By the middle of the fourth session, a
bad cut had opened up under Martinez's left eye and Frampton
immediately set to work with his right hand. But the Spaniard remained
dangerous, landing a solid left jab, perhaps sensing that his days were
numbered, only to be pinned against the ropes as Frampton sensed the
finish.

Although Martinez continued to stalk
his prey in the fifth, Frampton was proving more and more elusive,
slipping and sliding out of range as he moved further ahead on the
scorecards. A quieter sixth round followed but Frampton upped the pace
again as the fight entered its second half.

Martinez, whose cut opened again, was more reluctant to come forward and the Belfast favourite landed several plum shots.

Finally: Frampton had twice seen his meeting with the Spaniard postponed

Finally: Frampton had twice seen his meeting with the Spaniard postponed

Frampton was drawn into a toe-to-toe
brawl at the start of the eighth round but slipped on to the back foot
as the session progressed, allowing him to pick his shots with unerring
accuracy.

Martinez had shown exactly why he had
always heard the final bell when he shipped several huge shots at the
start of the ninth but his resistance proved futile when a huge straight
right left him floundering on the canvas.

The Spaniard rose unsteadily but
after staggering back towards his corner, the referee waved the fight
off. Frampton, who was ahead on all three scorecards by four rounds
(twice) and two rounds on the third, extends his unbeaten record to 16
professional contests.

Frampton, who will likely return to
Belfast on May 11, potentially in a final eliminator for the IBF world
title, said: 'I can't remember much about the [knockout] punch. It was a
decent shot.

'I proved I've got a good chin. I
could feel his power but he didn't hurt me. He didn't make my legs
wobble but you can see from face that he hits hard.

'He's not been wobbled before but I
took him out. The plan was to box from the outside but when we traded, I
felt I got the better of him.

'I want to be a world champion. I
feel the buzz and its getting better. The best man won on the night but
he's a tough man. I was hitting him and he was coming back.'

PSG and former Chelsea performance chief Nick Broad killed in car crash

Cole and Reid lead tributes after PSG and former Chelsea performance chief Broad killed in car crash

By
Dave Wood

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23:16 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

23:16 GMT, 18 January 2013

Former Chelsea Head of Sports Science Nick Broad was killed in a car crash on Friday. He was 38.

The Englishman was part of Carlo Ancelotti's backroom staff during his two-year spell at Stamford Bridge from 2009. His role spanned both the coaching and medical departments.

Wel, respected: Nick Broad pictured with Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain

Wel, respected: Nick Broad pictured with Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain

He then followed the Italian to Paris St Germain, where he was the club's performance manager.

Broad, who began his career as a
sports nutritionist at Blackburn Rovers, died in hospital after a road
traffic accident on the outskirts of Paris.

West Brom defender Steven Reid, who
worked with Broad at Blackburn, tweeted: 'Absolutely shocking news that
Nick Broad has died in a road accident.. Worked with Nick at BRFC..
Thoughts go out to his family!! #legend.'

And former Blackburn and Manchester United striker
Andrew Cole added: 'Just heard the news about nick broad shocking news
worked with him at blackburn rovers. Heart goes out to his family.'

The French football league reportedly rejected a request to
postpone PSG's match with Bordeaux on Sunday.

Santi Cazorla exclusive: The making of Arsenal"s mini marvel

Cazorla, the mini marvel! Arsenal lost their crown jewel when RVP left, but they unearthed another gem

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 1 November 2012

At the small school on the outskirts of the village of Lugo de Llanera in northern Spain, there was recently some news which shocked pupils and teachers alike: football had been banned.

The official reason was that the health-and-safety brigade thought too many children were getting hurt during their kick-abouts in the concrete playground that surrounds the Colegio Publico Lugo de Llanera. The real reason, no doubt, is that they have given up trying to produce another Santiago Cazorla.

Cazorla was a football-loving short kid who always had a football tucked under his arm. Now he is Arsenal’s ball carrier too, a brilliant midfielder with enough talent to have dampened the despair at Robin van Persie’s departure and to give Arsene Wenger’s side hope ahead of their trip to Old Trafford on Saturday.

Mini marvel: Santi Cozorla fell in love with football from an early age in Lugo De Llanera, northern Spain

Mini marvel: Santi Cozorla fell in love with football from an early age in Lugo De Llanera, northern Spain

Progression: Cazorla (bottom right) was snapped up by Oviedo before Villarreal, Recreativo and Malaga

Progression: Cazorla (bottom right) was snapped up by Oviedo before Villarreal, Recreativo and Malaga

Top Gunner: Now Cazorla is at the heart of all the good things Arsenal are trying to achieve

Top Gunner: Now Cazorla is at the heart of all the good things Arsenal are trying to achieve

Arsenal have lost their crown jewel, but they think they have found another gem who can give them an unlikely win against the team who beat them 8-2 last season.

That short kid is now the 5ft 6in footballer who has quickly built a reputation for sublime control, the ability to pass and shoot with both feet and an eye for goal. He’s the quintessential skilful midfielder that reminds England of what they don’t have.

Most of the village will watch the game against United in the bar which carries Cazorla's name. They adore him, still marvel at his ambidexterity and raise a glass of their beloved local cider with each goal he scores.

Cider is at the heart of everything in Lugo de Llanera. It is the drink of the Asturias region in north-western Spain and is generally accompanied by no shortage of ham, chorizo, black pudding and white beans. They pour the cider from above their heads so it lands in the glass below at a pace and with fizz. Once poured, the glass doesn’t touch the table and the cider is downed in one big gulp.

This is a routine Cazorla knows only too well and one he still enjoys when he comes back to the bar, which is run by his best friend Fran Ribero.

‘We have been best friends since we were nine,’ says Ribero, buzzing text messages to his London-based friend in between answers. ‘We preferred football to schoolwork. Our school used to win every tournament in the area because of him. He always had a ball under his arm — and I mean always.

Favourite son: His best friend, Fran Ribero, runs a bar in Cazorla's hometown, adorned with the Arsenal star's memorabilia and still frequented by his brother and mother (below)

Favourite son: His best friend, Fran Ribero, runs a bar in Cazorla's hometown, adorned with the Arsenal star's memorabilia and still frequented by his brother and mother (below)

Favourite son: His best friend, Fran Ribero, runs a bar in Cazorla's hometown, adorned with the Arsenal star's memorabilia and still frequented by his brother and mother (below)

Favourite son: His best friend, Fran Ribero, runs a bar in Cazorla's hometown, adorned with the Arsenal star's memorabilia and still frequented by his brother and mother (below)

‘It’s a quiet life here — although we’re Spanish so we like to party too. After Euro 2012, we had a huge surprise party for him with thousands of people. We shut off all the roads and the police had to come along.

‘I’d been with him in Madrid celebrating and then we came straight here. We didn’t sleep for 48 hours. He still comes to the bar when he’s back. He was here during the last international break.’

Cazorla’s family also go to the bar, which is a five-minute walk from the sports centre named after the Arsenal midfielder.

His mother Loli and older brother Nando pass by while we are there, both immensely proud of Santi and both painting a picture of a determined, happy boy whose inner strength helped him overcome the death of his father from a heart attack almost six years ago.

‘He and Nando were just football, football, football,’ says Loli, a warm woman with a smile that gets bigger every time she mentions her son’s name.

‘We had a small house and my husband worked in the mines, then when they closed down he was a builder. Santi was a shy boy, they both were and they played football all day long, even in the house.

‘They broke windows so I took away the balls but then they’d just roll up some socks and play with those instead.’

She laughs and puts her head in her hands when the topic of school arises.

International pedigree: The Spaniard has more than 50 caps for his country, despite the wealth of talent

International pedigree: The Spaniard has more than 50 caps for his country, despite the wealth of talent

International pedigree: The Spaniard has more than 50 caps for his country, despite the wealth of talent

‘He didn’t like anything. Maybe PE. All
the teachers used to say to me that he was a lovely boy but he just
wasn’t interested in working. So they told me, “Take away what he enjoys
— don’t let him watch TV”.

'But I told them he wasn’t interested in the TV, it was football he was crazy about. So they said there was no way I could deny him that.’

Nando, himself once a very talented player, remembers the same boy.

‘At home, all we did was play football. There were no books. We broke a lot of windows and ornaments. We shared a bedroom and the main man for us was Michael Laudrup. I liked Hristo Stoichkov too. We had lots of posters and of course we had lots of trophies too.’

Nando was a striker who some argued had more talent than his brother but who all agree did not have the same drive to succeed.

‘As a boy, I scored the same number of goals — 32 — as David Villa in one season,’ says Nando, with not a hint of regret. ‘But it never quite happened.’

‘Nando was amazing,’ recalls Juanjo Beltran, who worked with both boys at their first club, Covadonga. ‘He could do everything. But he didn’t want to be a footballer deep down. David Villa went off to Sporting and Nando didn’t move on. One game his attitude was so bad that I took him off and played with 10 because it was better than having him on the pitch.’

Young Santi had no such problems, first taking part in training with his brother’s group because there was no team for seven-year-olds and then moving to the indoor five-a-side teams that children up to 10 years old compete in.

It’s only when they are 13 that they play on a full-sized pitch for the first time, so the ability to keep control of the ball in tight situations comes as no surprise.

With his incredible ability to use both feet equally well, Cazorla excelled, scoring 170 goals in one season and soon catching the eye of Real Oviedo, one of Spain’s big clubs.

Always going to happen: Cazorla's talent was spotted by Juanjo Beltran, as well as at his school (below)

Always going to happen: Cazorla's talent was spotted by Juanjo Beltran, as well as at his school (below)

Always going to happen: Cazorla's talent was spotted by Juanjo Beltran, as well as at his school (below)

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Friends in high places: In Mikel Arteta, Cazorla has a buddy from his childhood at Arsenal

‘It’s so sad that Jose died before he could see Santi play for his country,’ adds Beltran. ‘His family had tough times before that too. When they shut the mines, his dad had no job for a while. I took them a whole load of our clothes to help them through.’

They are happier times now, with Cazorla thriving in the Premier League with two goals and three assists so far for his new club.

Fifty caps for Spain and successful spells at Villarreal, Recreativo and Malaga show you he is valued highly back home during a vintage period for Spanish midfielders.

‘He’s so happy in England,’ says Loli with another smile. ‘The people at the club are nice and he’s only worried about learning English.

'He was worried he wouldn’t be able to chat to people so he’s busy learning. But he has Mikel Arteta to help him for now. I spoke to him after the Norwich defeat and he was so upset. I told him not to worry, that even Barcelona have bad games, but he was inconsolable. He has always been like that.

‘But I know Santi will definitely come back here to live one day. He loves it here. He’s very patriotic. He can live normally here.

'And he hasn’t changed a bit. He’s the same boy who left here. It’s odd for me too now. He has played for some big clubs but no-one was ever interested in him before. Now he’s at Arsenal, we’ve had people making a documentary about him.’

Get it right at Old Trafford and there will be many more.

Indian Grand Prix 2012: Buddh International Circuit stats and facts

Indian Grand Prix: All you need to know about the race at Buddh International Circuit

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UPDATED:

14:37 GMT, 24 October 2012

INDIAN GRAND PRIX TRACK

Click here for your guide to the track

Formula One makes its second appearance at the Buddh International Circuit which very quickly on its debut last year established itself with the drivers as a track to be savoured.

It has drawn comparisons with Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, which has long been hailed as F1's best circuit given its fast, free-flowing, undulating nature.

Sebastian Vettel triumphed a year ago and a repeat for the 24-year-old German would make it four victories in a row this season, which would see him take a firm grip on the championship battle.

Here, Sportsmail brings you all the vital stats and facts for F1's return to India.

Top gear: A general view of the Buddh International Circuit on the outskirts of New Delhi, India

Top gear: A general view of the Buddh International Circuit on the outskirts of New Delhi, India

Venue: Buddh International Circuit

Circuit length: 5.125km/3.324miles

Laps: 60

Race distance: 307.249km/190.161miles

Lap record: Sebastian Vettel 1min 27.249secs (2011)

2011 pole position: Sebastian Vettel 1min 24.178secs

2011 winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

Number of corners: 16 (7 left/9 right)

Tyre compounds to be used: Hard/soft

Bumpiness: low

Overtaking chance: medium

Engine severity: medium/high

Brake wear severity: high

Average lap speed: 206kph (128.002mph)

Full throttle per lap: 64 per cent

Gear changes per lap: 58 (race = 3480)

2011 winning strategy: 2 stops (laps 19 & 47)

Total race pit stops: 46

Total 'normal' overtakes: 4

Total DRS overtakes: 14

Number of safety cars last year: 0

Number one: Sebastian Vettel will be hoping to repeat last year's victory in India this time round

Number one: Sebastian Vettel will be hoping to repeat last year's victory in India this time round

Phil Duncan F1 blog

Three successive wins for Sebastian Vettel means he now has 25 career victories to his name, propelling him to joint sixth on the all-time list alongside Jim Clark and Niki Lauda.

Vettel, however, has never won four races in a row in one F1 season. He did win the last two of 2010 and first two of 2011.

Felipe Massa's 30-point haul in Japan and Korea means he has scored more points in the last two races than he managed in his first 11 this year.

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are both tied on 48 podium finishes apiece at present. Vettel has 43, whilst Fernando Alonso has 82, placing him third on the all-time list behind Michael Schumacher (155) and Alain Prost (106).

In setting the fastest lap in Korea, Mark Webber became the 11th different driver in 16 races this season to accomplish the feat.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone celebrates his 82nd birthday on Sunday.

Nine of the 10 corners between turns five and 14 are taken at between 200 and 250kph.

The 230m run from pole to the apex of turn one is the third shortest of the year after Monaco and Valencia.

The cars spend 8.2secs cornering in the double right-hander at turns 10 and 11

In constructing the circuit four million cubic tons of earth were moved to achieve the rise and fall through the lap.

Southampton sign Paulo Gazzaniga

Saints summer spending continues as Gazzaniga checks in from Gillingham

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UPDATED:

09:11 GMT, 20 July 2012

Southampton have completed the signing of Gillingham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga on a four-year deal.

The 20-year-old Argentinian joins from the npower League Two club for an undisclosed fee and has linked up with his new team-mates at their French training camp.

Gazzaniga started his career with Valencia and his move to Saints will see Tommy Forecast join the Gills on a season-long loan once the Saints squad return to England next week.

Dream team: Southampton manager Nigel Adkins with Paulo Gazzaniga

Dream team: Southampton manager Nigel Adkins with Paulo Gazzaniga

'I am very happy because signing for a Premier League team is a dream,' he told the club's official website.

'It's mad because I only played a few matches last season – it's a crazy situation.

'The club has a lot of ambition, so I was eager to sign. I can't wait to get started.'

The 6 ft 5 keeper from Murphy on the outskirts of Santa Fe and is the son of goalkeeper David, who played in Argentina, Ecuador and Peru.

Gazzaniga moved to Spain aged 15 to pursue his own career and joined Valencia in 2010, although he was released the following year.

He penned a two-year deal with Gillingham last summer and started the season as second-choice goalkeeper, before establishing himself as No 1 in the second half of the campaign.

Gazzaniga's performances saw him linked with a host of clubs and Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is delighted he chose the move to St Mary's.

'He is very ambitious, he is young and hungry and wants to do well for Southampton Football Club,' he said.

New boy: Nathaniel Clyne (right) has also joined Southampton

New boy: Nathaniel Clyne (right) has also joined Southampton

'He was with Valencia the year before last before coming over to England and getting some games under his belt at Gillingham, which is where our recruitment department spotted him.

'He has a good stature about himself, he is a young lad who has an assured confidence about himself, which is good.

'I know from speaking with him that he has a very good attitude and work ethic, which is important for us.

'He will be in an environment that we think will help him improve under the guidance of our goalkeeping coach, Jim Stannard, and Kelvin Davis, who has a lot of experience and I know that he will take him under his wing.

'Competition for places is very important but, from a goalkeeping point of view, you always work very closely with each other.'

Gazzaniga becomes Southampton's fourth signing since securing promotion to the Premier League, following the acquisitions of Jay Rodriguez, Steven Davis and Nathaniel Clyne.

Cardiff interested in signing Craig Bellamy from Liverpool

Cardiff reveal their interest in bringing Bellamy back home from Liverpool

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UPDATED:

19:54 GMT, 27 June 2012

Cardiff have confirmed their interest in signing Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy – if he becomes available this summer.

Back to his roots Bellamy

Back to his roots Bellamy

The club’s Malaysian owners recently announced a 100m investment plan and are trying to work out finances to re-sign the 32-year-old – a former Wales team-mate of boss Malky Mackay.

Cardiff Chief Executive Alan Whiteley said: ‘We would love to have Craig back.’

'But he is a Liverpool player and until Liverpool and Craig decide what they are going to do, there are conversations that we can't even have at the moment.

'We don't know how it is going to pan out and it is for Craig and Liverpool to decide what they are going to do first.

'But if Craig decides he is going to leave Liverpool and Liverpool are prepared to let him go, then clearly we'd love to talk to him.'

Bellamy's family live on the outskirts of the city and the striker netted 11 times in 35 games during his loan spell.

Ricky Burns will be a British sporting hero, says Frank Warren

Burns will be a British sporting hero after another knockout performance, says Warren

World champion boxer Ricky Burns is on his way to becoming a 'British sporting hero', according to his promoter Frank Warren.

The 28-year-old fighter from Coatbridge will make the first defence of his WBO lightweight title against Paulus Moses at a sell-out Braehead Arena on Saturday night.

Warren believes Burns should already have hero status throughout the United Kingdom but claims he will make another step towards that with victory against the 33-year-old Namibian, who has an impressive record of 28 victories from 29 fights, 19 of them by knockout.

Eyes on the prize: Ricky Burns faces up to Paulus Moses with promoter Frank Warren in the middle

Eyes on the prize: Ricky Burns faces up to Paulus Moses with promoter Frank Warren in the middle

Speaking at the head-to-head press conference at the Braehead Arena, on the outskirts of Glasgow, Warren said: 'Ricky should be a British sporting hero.

Belt up: Burns has no intention of losing his title

Belt up: Burns has no intention of losing his title

'He might not have got the recognition he should have got, but a few more good performances and he will be up there with famous Scottish boxers like Ken Buchanan.

'It is sold out. You can't do better than that and Ricky deserves that public support. I just wish we had a bigger arena.

'Ricky's homecoming is appreciated by the fans who recognise this is a good fight.

'Ricky is a double world champion, he has worked hard at it and is going from strength to strength.

'But Paulus is not here to make up the numbers, Ricky will have to be at his best.

'He is against a guy with a formidable record and who is well respected.

'Having said that you have got to make Ricky favorite.'

Ricky Burns wants to fight Kevin Mitchell in England v Scotland bout

Burns wants summertime England v Scotland fight against Mitchell


Winner: Ricky Burns beat Michael Katsidis in the Interim WBO World title fight

Winner: Ricky Burns beat Michael Katsidis in the Interim WBO World title fight

Ricky Burns has targeted Kevin Mitchell for an all-British summertime battle – and he wants it to be in Scotland.

The interim WBO lightweight champion will face Namibia's Paulus Moses at the Braehead Arena on March 10.

Burns, from Coatbridge, is hoping fight fans pack out the venue on the outskirts of Glasgow to encourage promoter Frank Warren to bring Essex boy Mitchell north of the border for what would be a classic Scotland versus England encounter.

Mitchell's only defeat in 33 fights to date was to Michael Katsidis at Upton Park, London, in May 2010, whom Burns beat at Wembley in November last year to take the title from the Australian.

Burns, 28, speaking at the Braehead Arena today, said: 'Obviously I have to get past Paulus Moses first or that (Mitchell) fight is not going to happen.

'I know Kevin is fighting in February and as long as the two of us come through then we can sit down and talk about it.

'Both of us are promoted by Frank Warren so it is an easy fight for us to make.

'I would say the two of us are the best lightweights in Britain just now so it is a fight that I would really want.

'When I beat Michael Katsidis he (Mitchell) was saying he would love the chance to fight me.

Lost: Kevin Mitchell (right) fought Katsidis and lost, in 2010

Lost: Kevin Mitchell (right) fought Katsidis and lost, in 2010

'They are talking about the venue being down in London or up here.

'I was on the same bill when Michael Katsidis beat him down at West Ham's football ground.

'I know that was the venue that was mentioned if I was to fight him in the summer.

'I would prefer it to be up here.

'Hopefully we can show them that we can get Braehead sold out and get the fans behind me.

'But for now, I just need to concentrate on my next fight.'

Burns will enjoy one last week of regular living before the hard work starts – albeit it will not be quite as difficult to make the weight now that he has moved up to the nine stone nine pounds division.

'The hard dieting will start next week,' he said.

'At the moment I have a wee bit of leeway and if I want something I can have it.

'But I start pushing it seven weeks before the fight.

'I started training just after the New Year so we are in full training, two and three times a day.

'But the countdown is on to the weigh-in and then it's time to get on with the job.

Drama: Burns enjoyed a points victory over the Australian in 2011

Drama: Burns enjoyed a points victory over the Australian in 2011

'No matter what weight you have to make it is always hard.

'But again, making nine stone nine is a lot easier than having to boil down to nine stone four.

'I am much happier now that I have moved up a weight.'

Burns will not watch any DVDs of Moses, preferring to let the challenger worry about him.

'I can only go with his record which makes him dangerous,” he said.

'One loss in 29 fights and 19 knockouts, that shows he is a big puncher.

'But I have always said whatever happens on the night is going to happen.

'I can adapt to people's styles so I'm sure when I get in the ring, I will know what to do to win.

'If I get the chance to knock him out I will do it.'

Burns, though, will be informed by trainer Billy Nelson as to what to expect on the night.

'I have been studying DVDs every night and Moses is a very good fighter,' said Nelson.

'He has a different style to Katsidis but world class fighters have the ability to adapt to different styles.

'I expect Ricky to stop this guy.

'Once that fight is done, there is the blockbuster with Kevin Mitchell and then he will get it as well.'