Big British card set for Dec. 11
British promoter Frank Warren has been in the boxing business for 30 years and will celebrate the anniversary in style with a major show Dec. 11 in Liverpool, England.
"I've put on some massive shows during my 30 years in boxing and this will be up there with the best," Warren said. "At the moment I've got the most exciting crop of young boxers I've ever worked with and this show represents the next generation of stars in British boxing."
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Indeed, Warren has loaded the card with the best fighters from his stable. Wales' Nathan Cleverly (20-0, 10 KOs) headlines against two-time title challenger Alejandro Lakatos (31-5-2, 23 KOs) of Romania for a vacant interim light heavyweight title.
Also, England's Matthew Macklin (27-2, 19 KOs) defends the European middleweight title against Spain's Ruben Varon (35-5, 16 KOs), also a former title challenger.
"Lakatos knows what it is all about and he will be a real threat," Cleverly said of his opponent, whose title fight losses came against Dariusz Michalczewski and Zsolt Erdei. "He's fought the best in the world so I can take nothing for granted, and I'll have to be very sharp on the night."
Varon's title bout loss came against Felix Sturm, whom Macklin wants to challenge for his world title.
"I've been saying for ages that Felix Sturm is the man that I want," Macklin said. "If I can do a better job than him against Varon, it could start opening some doors for me."
Also on the card, welterweight contender Kell Brook (22-0, 15 KOs) faces an opponent to be named. If Brook wins, he could face Mike Jones for a world title in early 2011. Super middleweight James DeGale and junior welterweight Frankie Gavin, both 2008 British Olympians, are also on the bill.
DeGale (8-0, 6 KOs) challenges for the British title against Paul Smith (29-1, 15 KOs) and Gavin (8-0, 7 KOs) faces Dean Harrison (16-4, 5 KOs).
Liverpool's Tony Bellew (14-0, 9 KOs) will have hometown support when he defends his Commonwealth light heavyweight belt in another undercard fight against an opponent to be determined.
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