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News: Arslan-Vekiloglu; Hatton on Murray, KO Kings

Another highlight awaits in Hamburg on April 27. Before Juergen Braehmer (39-2, 30 KOs) defends his European Light Heavyweight Championship against Tony Averlant (18-7-2, 4 KOs) the eyes of the spectators in the arena will be firmly pointed on another boxer. Cruiserweight Firat Arslan (32-6-2, 21 KOs) will give his debut as a member of Team Sauerland. His first fight under his new promotional banner will see him take on Varol Vekiloglu (20-4-1, 12 KOs) and he does not just want to walk away with a convincing victory but also put himself in a position for a crack at a world championship.

“I am very happy to be working with Team Sauerland,” said the former WBA World Champion. “I believe that this partnership will get me a step closer to world title.” The last time the man from southern Germany fought for a cruiserweight championship was on November 3 against current WBO Titlist Marco Huck. “Everyone who saw the fight is entitled to his own opinion,” said Arslan. “I am not the kind of person who dwells on the past. My sight is totally focused on the future and I am hoping to get a rematch against Huck.” 

The fact that Arslan is still able to put such an impressive performance on display as he did against Huck, considering his age of 42, is easily explained. “If you work hard, if you look after your nutrition and have the will to succeed, then age doesn’t matter.” He also has a role model to look up to who also lives by these standards. “Bernard Hopkins has recently won a world championship at the age of 48. I am not saying that I am planning to fight until then. However, there is no reason to retire as long as my performances are still up to it and I feel comfortable.”

For now, Arslan only has his next challenge on his mind: Varol Vekiloglu. The German will enter the ring completely focused. “I do not underestimate any opponent and I have respect for everyone. I want to become the world champion once again and on my road to glory, I have to win against guys like Vekiloglu,” says southpaw Arslan.

Tickets for the big show at the Sporthalle Hamburg, Germany are available at www.eventim.de and www.boxen.com .

RICKY HATTON: "MURRAY CAN SCORE ONE OF BRITISH BOXING'S BEST EVER VICTORIES"

RICKY HATTON believes Martin Murray will go down in British boxing history if he defeats Sergio Martinez on April 27.

'The Hitman' himself scored what most experts consider to be one of the greatest ever victories by a Brit when he forced Kostya Tszyu to retire after 11 hard fought rounds in 2005.

But he feels Murray triumphing almost 7,000 away from home in Buenos Aires will surpass his own greatest achievement.

"Kostya Tszyu was number two pound-for-pound in the world when I fought him and I think Martinez is number three, but Martin is going away to box in front of 40,000 Argentineans so I think it'll go down as one of the best wins ever by a British fighter," Ricky said.

"Martin is an underdog, he knows that, but he's more than capable of winning the fight.

"He should look at fights like Lloyd Honeyghan v Donald Curry and John H Stracey v Jose Napoles because they'll show him that it's doable."

Boxing in front of such a large and passionate crowd would reduce some men to quivering wrecks, but Hatton believes Murray will be in his element when he steps out at the Estadio José Amalfitani.

"When we went to the press conference over there it was like the Martinez show and some fighters would have crumbled under the pressure, but Martin took it all in his stride. You wouldn't blame him if he was in awe of his opponent, but he wasn't," he said.

"People forget he went into the lion's den in Germany against Felix Sturm and he handled that well.

"A lot of people asked whether it was too soon for Martin but he proved to himself and the public that he is world class and he'll take confidence from that.

"I also think it might the right time to fight Martinez. He's 38, he's had a few injuries and he was hanging on for dear life against Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr.

"I fancied Martin to beat Chavez Jnr anyway. We tried to make the fight and unfortunately at the time Martin couldn't get into the United States. When you see Chavez Jnr having success against Martinez, there's no reason Martin shouldn't think anything is possible."

KO KINGS, a world wide premier boxing promotion company based out of Atlanta, Georgia, has made some gigantic moves in an effort to attract TV exposure and is proud to announce its newest acquisitions:

Undefeated Puerto Rican power puncher in the welterweight division, Javier "El Chino" Flores (9-0, 8 KOs), is managed by Jose Colon. Javier Flores is trained by the legendary John Scully out of Connecticut. As an amateur boxer, Flores compiled an impressive record of 65 knockout victories, of which 32 came by way of knockout, with only 3 defeats. Flores is a power puncher and has a 80% knockout ratio, knocking out 8 out of 9 opponents.

Undefeated Super middleweight, Jeffery "TNT" Spencer  (3-0, 1 KOs) from Colorado, defeated in his debut, Shane Moore, who as undefeated. Then in Pennsylvania, defeated tough opponent, Tristan Todd by unanimous decision and in his last fight, defeated by knockout, light heavyweight Rufino Sotelo, who had never suffered a loss by KO. 

Former world title contender, Randy "The Gentleman" Griffin ( 25-3, 13 KOs ) from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a warrior who hasn't been knocked out.  He had a very controversial draw in a world title bout against Felix Sturm in Germany. In 2004, Griffin captured WBO/NABO and NABA middleweight titles, after defeating, tough opponent, Julio García by TKO in the six round. Now, he is scheduled to fight

Cory "Black Ice" Cummings (17-5-1, 13 KOs) from Maryland had very exciting bouts, against former world champions, William Joppy, Keith Holmes and Montel Griffin. In 2009, Cummings won the USA Maryland State super middleweight title by defeating Demetrius Davis by TKO in the 9 round. Cummings is the "Dark Horse" and is set to get back on track to win a world title.

Alabama's Kenneth "Bullet Hands" McNeil (3-1, 1 KOs) after three solid victories, was defeated on his last outing by localist, Samuel Clarkson in a controversial decision loss. McNeil is quick and powerful. He has the exciting and electrifying style of a young Roy Jones, Jr. Recently, McNeil has dropped down from Super Middleweight to Middleweight in order to be more competitive. His ultimate goal is to fight at Jr. Middleweight by end of summer 2013. McNeil's future looks very promising.

"We are very excited! We have strategically diversified our boxing portfolio and made significant steps in an attempt to attract major TV to Atlanta, GA. Our primary goals are to maximum the income of our fighters, maximize their exposure, and to energize and bring excitement to the public." stated Adrian L. Patrick, CEO of KO Kings Promotions.

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