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ADAM LITTLE THINKING BIG

ADAM LITTLE is confident he'll be able to make a major impact in the welterweight division when he returns to action this spring.

The Ricky Hatton-trained prospect, 22, is currently recovering after having surgery to rectify a persistent hand injury and he feels he’ll show a different side to his game when gets back into the ring.

Firstly he's targeting a shot at the Central Area crown, but he believes the sky is the limit.

"For the majority of last year I impressed people but I was basically one-handed. I think people will see what I'm really about when I start using both my fists," he said.

"We've discussed titles already and it's something I definitely want this year.

"I think we'll start with the Central Area title and then just plough into it and take the welterweight division on."

Despite his desire to get to the top, Little is smart enough to know he still has things to learn.

"I'm not rushing things, I've got plenty of time on my side. It's all about learning and taking the opportunities at the right time," he said.

"There's a lot of good fighters in division so winning titles is going to be difficult, but with the right training I'm confident that I can push on.

"Me and Ricky know what to do with certain opponents and we'll work on a game plan for them."

Adam added: "I'm really excited about this year. I can't wait to get back in the ring. It feels like I've been out for ages so I'm itching to box again and show people what I'm capable of."

PRICE KEEN TO OUTDO THE KLITSCHKOS

By Phil Barnett, Press Association Sport (@barnettoPA)

David Price wants to send a message to the Klitschko brothers by hammering former world title challenger Tony Thompson in style tomorrow.

The 6ft 8in Liverpool heavyweight has his long-term sights set on a clash with either WBC champion Vitali or his brother Wladimir, who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.

First however, the unbeaten Price faces a step up in class against American veteran Thompson, who has lost twice to Wladimir in the past.

The British champion knows he can make a statement to the world by beating Thompson even more impressively than Klitschko, who needed 11 rounds to stop the Washington man in 2008 and six in July last year.

"It's the biggest fight of my career," Price told Press Association Sport.

"The ideal scenario is that I do a real number on him - better than Wladimir Klitschko did.

"I'm not Wladimir Klitschko, I'm David Price, so at the end of the day I need to do what's best for me. That means keeping a professional, focused mentality during the fight and if an opportunity comes to finish the fight early then I'm definitely going to go for it.

"Beating him in style is the ideal scenario but I'll take any kind of win."

Price (15-0, 13 KOs) revealed tomorrow's bout at Liverpool's Echo Arena will not be his first time in a ring with Thompson (36-3, 24KOs).

"When we went with England to America in 2007 for the World Championships in Chicago we stayed in Philadelphia for 10 days or so and Tony Thompson was in the same gym as us," he said.

"I think I sparred one round with him, which he won't remember as it wasn't really memorable. It was like a lifetime ago, when I was an amateur. That's the only time I've come across him. We had a little chat and he gave me a bit of advice.

"It's gone full circle now and here we are, about to fight each other."

Thompson, 41, knows this is a make-or-break fight for him too.

"Price's team have picked me because they think I'm just a name to look good on his record," he said.

"They think I'm past my prime and they are making a mistake. This fight will tell us something and I'll be honest, if he blasts me out then I know it's over for me. But I don't believe it's my time yet."

 BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) is delighted to announce that Rainham Steel will be the channel's premier sponsor for its programming in 2013.

The deal will commence with BoxNation's live and exclusive coverage of British heavyweight star David Price's international heavyweight contest against American Tony Thompson on Saturday 23rd February from the Liverpool Echo Arena.

Commenting on the heavyweight deal, Jim McMunn, BoxNation's General Manager, said, "BoxNation is delighted to welcome Rainham Steel as an official sponsor.  The company has been a passionate supporter of boxing and BoxNation in the past and we look forward to an even closer relationship in the future."

Bill Ives, Chairman of Rainham Steel, said, “Rainham Steel are the UK’s number one steel stock holder and BoxNation are the Channel of Champions showing the best boxers and fights.  I’m delighted that this deal has been agreed and look forward to a successful partnership starting this Saturday with the big heavyweight showdown in Liverpool with British star David Price against Tony Thompson.”

BoxNation is the first dedicated subscription boxing TV channel in the UK, bringing together the biggest names in amateur, domestic and international boxing with an unmatched schedule of fights from across the globe for just £10 per month.

Some of the biggest names in boxing have featured on the channel including: Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Vitali Klitschko, David Haye, Bernard Hopkins, Nonito Donaire, Abner Mares, Brandon Rios and the supremely talented Adrien Broner, plus British World Champions Nathan Cleverly and Ricky Burns and stars David Price and George Groves.

In the coming months an unrivaled line-up on BoxNation will also feature LIVE: Daniel Ponce De Leon v Jayson Velez for the WBC World Featherweight Championship; Richard Abril vs Sharif Bogere for the Vacant WBA World Lightweight Championship; Bernard Hopkins v Tavoris Cloud for the IBF World Light-Heavyweight Championship; Ricky Burns’ WBO/IBF World Lightweight Unification clash against Miguel Vazquez; Nathan Cleverly's WBO World Light-Heavyweight title defence against Robin Krasniqi; Danny Garcia’s WBC and WBA Super World Light-Welterweight title defence against Zab Judah, plus Martin Murray's challenge against WBC World Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez.

NEW YORK -- World championship boxing makes its 2013 debut on EPIX next month with an exciting quadruple-header! World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion RICKY "Rickster" BURNS and International Boxing Federation (IBF) titlist MIGUEL "Titere" VAZQUEZ will collide in a world title unification to determine the division's top dog in the main event of a blockbuster four-bout card. "Best of Britain" will be televised live ringside from Wembley Arena in London, Saturday, March 16, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT, exclusively on EPIX, the premium entertainment service. EPIX will stream the fights live on EpixHD.com and on the EPIX app on Xbox consoles and Roku players as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans.

In addition to the Burns- Vazquez match, the EPIX "Best of Britain" live telecast will feature undefeated WBO light heavyweight champion NATHAN CLEVERLY defending his title against No. 1 contender ROBIN KRASNIQI; and undefeated No. 2-rated contender GEORGE GROVES will risk his record and rating against fellow Top-10 contender MOUHAMED NDIAYE in a rumble for the vacant European super middleweight title. The televised card will be rounded out with one-time world heavyweight title challenger DERECK "Del Boy" CHISORA making his 2013 debut.

These seven gladiators boast a combined record of 185-12 (84 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 94%.

 Last year, Burns (35-2, 10 KOs), of Coatbridge, Scotland, became his country's first two-division world champion in 20 years. He captured the WBO junior lightweight title in 2010, winning a thrilling 12-round decision over defending champion Roman "Rocky" Martinez despite suffering a first-round knockdown. It remains the only loss on the two-time world champion's resume. After three successful title defenses, Burns moved up to the lightweight division, winning the WBO interim title in 2011 over former champion Michael Katsidis. He is in his second year of his WBO lightweight title reign having successfully defended his world championship belt twice, against top-rated contenders Paulos Moses and Kevin Mitchell, who had a combined record of 61-2 when he fought them.

Vazquez (33-3, 13 KOs), of Guadalajara, México, enters this fight riding a five-year, 12-bout winning streak. He captured the vacant IBF lightweight title in 2010, via a dominant unanimous decision over Ji-Hoon Kim. He has successfully defended his title five times during his two-year reign. His last fight was a masterpiece, blitzing heralded undefeated contender Mercito Gesta via unanimous decision on the December 8 Manny Pacquiao - Juan Manuel Márquez 4 pay-per-view undercard.

Cleverly (25-0, 12 KOs), of Caerphilly, Wales, was British Commonwealth and European light heavyweight champion before he ascended the throne as world champion. After winning the WBO interim light heavyweight title in 2010, winning a close but unanimous decision over Nadjib Mohammedi, he was elevated to world champion a few months later where he has since successfully defended the WBO title four times since 2011 against opponents who had a combined record of 81-6-2 when he battled them. In Cleverly's last fight, which took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles on November 11, he blasted out Shawn Hawk in the eighth round.

Krasniqi (39-2, 15 KOs), a native of Serbia who fights out of Munich, Germany, is riding a seven-year, 38-bout winning streak. Only once has Krasniqi ever fought outside Germany -- in Prague, Czech Republic in 2010. He enters this fight having won his last four fights by knockout. Those victories also earned him the WBO European and WBO International light heavyweight crowns as well and his WBO mandatory challenger position.

Groves (16-0, 12 KOs), of Hammersmith, England, has a trophy case that already displays the British and Commonwealth super middleweight belts.  He will be looking to add the vacant European title to his resume. He ended 2012 with a masterclass performance -- a unanimous decision victory over former world champion and Fighter of the Year Glenn Johnson, last December 15. Groves is currently world-rated No. 2 by the WBO and the World Boxing Association (WBA), No. 6 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 7 by the IBF.

Ndiaye (22-1, 13 KOs), enters this fight enjoying a five-year, nine-bout winning streak. A native of Senegal, Ndiaye trains and lives in Pontedera, Toscana, Italy. He has held the Italian and the European super middleweight titles. World-rated No. 8 by the WBC, Ndiaye has won his last three bouts by stoppage.    

Chisora (15-4, 9 KOs), from London, went the 12-round limit in a valiant challenge of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on February 18, 2012 before losing the decision. The former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion will be looking to return to world title contention this year..

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