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Marquez calls out Pacquiao

Mexican wants third fight with pound-for-pound king

Posted Nov 28, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

One of the few boxers to stand toe-to-toe with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and have any success, Juan Manuel Marquez, has called the Filipino out for a third fight.

Marquez wants this fight after beating Michael Katsidis with a ninth round stoppage of the Australian to retain his WBA and WBO lightweight titles. And immediately after this win, he said: “We know Pacquiao is avoiding us, A third fight’s what the public wants.”

Marquez and eight-time world champion Pacquiao drew in 2004 and the Filipino won a split decision in 2008 following a rematch.The Mexican had to recover from a knockdown in the third to beat Katsidis and now has a record of 52 wins, five losses and one tie.

Meanwhile, Nottingham-born Carl Froch regained the WBC super-middleweight title he lost in April to Mikkel Kessler with a ruthless unanimous points win over Arthur Abraham in the Super Six series in Helsinki.

The title, vacated by Kessler because of injury, was scored 119-109, 120-108 and 120-108 in Froch’s favour.Froch tore into his opponent from the outset and his punishment of Abraham was relentless even though the Germany-based fighter did manage to rally in the last.

Both has already qualified for the Super Six semi-finals, however Saturday’s result in Final will mean they face a rematch in the last four.Abraham will need to drastically alter his tactics if he is to have any chance next time and will have to avoid the jabs and upper-cuts that Froch landed with consummate ease.

To be fair to Froch, he was punch perfect and thoroughly deserved his win to regain the belt many feel was wrongfully taken from him in his previous fight.

And finally, Matthew Hatton, younger brother of Ricky, successfully defended his European welterweight title for the second time with a third-round stoppage of the previously unbeaten Roberto Belge.

Hatton never really looked in danger and ended the contest with a superb left into his Swiss opponent’s ribs and it is now believed that this result with pave the way for a shot at a world title for the Mancunian.

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