Ricky Hatton Lobbies for Title Shot for Kiryl Relikh

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RICKY HATTON believes Kiryl Relikh should be granted a shot at the WBA super-lightweight title following his demolition of Brazil’s Joaquin Carneiro Batista in Bolton, England on Friday night (May 13).
 
The hard-hitting Belarusian, defending successfully his WBA Intercontinental super-lightweight title, was dominant from the outset and rocked Carneiro’s head back several times.
 
As the sessions progressed, Relikh’s unleashed further heavy artillery and in the fourth round Carneiro’s corner raised the towel to pull their man out.
 
Kiryl Relikh, who has a perfect record of 21 contests, 21 wins with 19 inside, is currently ranked at number four in the world’s WBA ratings, and Hatton feels he should have been nominated to fight number one rated Michele Di Rocco for the vacant world title ahead of Ricky Burns, who is rated at number seven.
 
“I think Kiryl showed his class and I believe he should have gotten the fight with Di Rocco, but I can’t blame Burns and his team for negotiating the fight as they are doing what is best for them,” Hatton stated.
 
“We’re entitled to take the winner of Burns and Di Rocco within ninety days of their contest and we’ll be ready for either of them.
 
“Personally, I hope Burns wins and does Scotland proud and then we can hopefully get a shot at him.
 
“Kiryl’s a man in a hurry. He wants to fight everybody so I don’t think he’ll have any problems going in against Burns or anyone else at the weight.
 
“He’s go 19 stoppages from 21 fights now, but I think people will be pleasantly surprised when they see him step up a level to world class because I don’t think he’s shown half of what he’s got yet, his fights have been over that quickly.”

Ricky Hatton Advises the World to Keep Kiryl Relikh on their Radar

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BOXING legend Ricky Hatton says it is only a matter of time before Belarusian puncher Kiryl Relikh emerges as a star.
 
Relikh took his unblemished record to 20-0 with 18 knockouts with a fifth round stoppage of Argentina’s tough Christian Ariel Lopez in Monaco on Friday night and ‘The Hitman’ believes the 25-year-old has what it takes to reach the summit of the 140lb division.
 
Hatton begun training the Eastern European in March last year and has been slowly adding new dimensions to his fearsome natural power.
 
“The sky is the limit for Kiryl,” Hatton said. “He’s got raw punching power than makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, but we’ve added a few subtleties to him that I think really give him the edge.
 

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“He beat another solid opponent on Friday and I know a lot of people left the venue talking about what they’d seen. I think a few more performances like that, and the boxing fraternity will really start to take notice.
 
“He’s a bit of a dark horse at the moment because he’s not had a lot of TV exposure, but when he does get on the big shows, he’ll take them by storm..”
 
In recent years, light-welters such as Ruslan Providnikov, Khabib Allakhverdiev and Viktor Postol have come through the ranks in the former Soviet Union before making a name for themselves in the United States..
 
Hatton, himself no stranger to the big stage in New York and Las Vegas, believes his charge can also go onto wow audiences Stateside.
 
“I think they’ll love Kiryl in America,” he said. “They like tough, aggressive fighters with KO power over there and they get that in abundance with Kiryl.
 
“I don’t know what they feed their fighters in those former Russian countries, but all of them seem to have dynamite in their fists and that’s what fans want to see.”

Kiryl Relikh Plans to Follow in the Footsteps of “Hitman” Hatton

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KIRYL RELIKH says he’ll prove his potential for the top when he faces experienced Argentinian Christian Ariel Lopez in Monaco this Friday night (October 2).
 
The explosive Belarusian makes the first defence of his WBA Intercontinental super lightweight crown and he believes it is only a matter of time before he’ll be strapping a world title around his waist.
 
Relikh, 25, has been trained by former four-time world champion Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton for the past 18 months and believes he now has enough weapons in his arsenal to follow in his idol’s footsteps.
 
Relikh is already ranked number ten in the world by the WBA thanks to an unbeaten run consisting of 19 fights with 17 knockouts, and could move into the top five with a stellar showing against Lopez.
 
“It’s every boxer’s dream to win a world title and with every fight I get a step closer,” Relikh said. “I’m already in the top ten and I can’t wait to fight the best in the division.
 
“Lopez looks like a good boxer and he has not been beaten in nine years, but he’s no match for me and I will not let him come between me and my dream.
 
“Every day when I go to the gym to train with Ricky, I look at the belts he won mounted on the walls and tell myself that one day I’ll have world titles of my own.
 
“Ricky was the best junior welterweight in the world and I want to follow in his footsteps. He’s not only my trainer, he’s my hero and I want to do him proud by taking him to the big fights in Las Vegas again.”
 
Chief support on Friday night sees Kirkham’s unbeaten Adam Little will face experienced Frenchmen Sylvain Chapelle, while Ukrainian prospect Fedir Cherkashyn will take on Victor Garcia over six rounds and Samuel Boulogne locks horns with Aleksandr Kulbinok. 
 
The show will be promoted by ASM Boxe in association with Hatton Promotions, World Sport Promotion Ltd and Neil Marsh.