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Boxing: Harris to Hatton: 'Stop Being A Coward, And Make The Fight!'

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posted on Jun, 18 2004 @ 03:50 PM
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For the second time in less than a week, Main Events and WBA 140 lb champion Vivian Harris are proving that they can co-exist after all.

Two days ago, it was widely reported that the WBA had stripped Kostya Tszyu of their portion of the super lightweight title, thereby making Vivian Harris the “only” WBA champ at that weight. The move was prompted by Main Events, as they have waited nearly two years for Harris to receive a title shot that was never offered, or even in the near future.

Now, FightWorld has learned that Main Events is prepared to call Frank Warren and Ricky Hatton out on their bluff, and look to make Harris-Hatton more than just talk.


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posted on Jun, 19 2004 @ 01:40 PM
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WBA junior welterweight champion Vivian Harris and his promoter Kathy Duva have refuted claims that Ricky Hatton and his promoter Frank Warren legitimately tried to make a fight with them in England. Main Events CEO Duva, her Vice-President and Matchmaker Carl Moretti and attorney Pat English attended a meeting two weeks ago with representatives of Hatton and his promoter Frank Warren.

"The meeting was kind of weird," said Duva, who was concerned by some media reports that they were the ones turning the fight down. "Frankly, when it was over, I didn't know that I'd had it. They came in and said they were interested in making a fight with Vivian, but they wanted options on Vivian if Vivian won. I think that is the first time ever a challenger has asked for options on the champion. I would never seriously really consider something like that. They never actually made any financial offer, but the types of numbers they were talking about were insulting frankly. They seemed to feel that Ricky was entitled to the lion's share of the revenue and they wanted Vivian to come and defend his title in England. I'm puzzled as to why this meeting even occurred."


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