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Boxing: WAR OF WORDS STEPPED UP

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posted on Jun, 19 2004 @ 01:33 PM
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William Abelyan's trainer Don House stoked up the war of words between the challenger's camp and WBO world featherweight title holder Scott Harrison when he questioned the credibility of the Scotsman's record as champion.

Abelyan had claimed veteran Mexican Manuel Medina, to whom Harrison lost his title before winning it back in a rematch, was no more than an "old man".

At a tetchy press conference in a Glasgow hotel ahead of the Cambuslang fighter's defence of his belt against the American-based Armenian at Braehead on Saturday, a peeved Harrison claimed Abelyan had been "disrespectful to someone who is a legend".

But House insisted his man was only guilty of stating a fact about Medina and then poured more fuel on the fire by dismissing another of Harrison's previous opponents, Wayne McCullough.


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