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Rabchenko is Fully Focused With Hatton in His Corner

Sergey Rabchenko will not be distracted by talk of a world title fight as he prepares to defend his European title against Adriano Nicchi on 30 March.

The Belarusian makes the second defence of his light-middleweight belt against the Italian at the Salle des Etoiles venue in Monte Carlo.

WBC president Jose Sulaiman has hinted that Rabchenko could face Erislandy Lara in a final eliminator with the winner set for a showdown with world champion Saul Alvarez later in the year.

But Rabchenko insists his full attention is on Italian champion Nicchi, who is on an eight-fight winning streak.

"It's one fight at a time. I am now only focused on the fight one against Adriano Nicchi in Monaco," Rabchenko said.

"For the other matters, I leave that to my managers, who have perfectly guided my career so far.

"I certainly respect Nicchi as my next opponent and cannot look past him. He's the reigning Italian champion, and will certainly come to win.

"I am getting ready for this new challenge and everything is going very well in my preparations."

Rabchenko struggled to a split decision win against Cedric Vitu on the undercard of Ricky Hatton's comeback defeat by Vyacheslav Senchenko, but he is glad the 'Hitman' is back to help him ahead of the Nicchi fight.

"By far Cedric Vitu was not my best performance," he said. "Maybe it was due to a long training camp, maybe to the fact that I was not focused because my mentor, Ricky Hatton, was boxing in his comeback fight on the same night.

"But this time Ricky will be with me and you'll see the best of me in Monaco. I am totally confident I'll defeat Adriano Nicchi and go to the next step in my career."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Freedom. on 02-26-2013

This will be a great boxing event: Golovkin, Rodriguez, Rabchenko and Grachev all on the same card. :)

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