Big fight switch a blow!

EAST LONDON fight fans have suffered a major disappointment with the switching of Amir Khan s WBA world title clash against Andreas Kotelnik from Docklands O2 Arena on June 27, to Manchester s MEN Arena on Saturday July 18. The change came after the Ukra

EAST LONDON fight fans have suffered a major disappointment with the switching of Amir Khan's WBA world title clash against Andreas Kotelnik from Docklands O2 Arena on June 27, to Manchester's MEN Arena on Saturday July 18.

The change came after the Ukrainian had suffered a minor injury and tooth infection and the bout had to be postponed and moved to Manchester, with Michael Jackson due to appear at the O2 Arena that night.

Promoter Frank Warren's June 27 show had promised to be London's biggest of 2009 with an all-star supporting card featuring Olympic boxers James DeGale, Billy Joe Saunders and Frankie Gavin.

* IT WAS a winning night for the Southern Area champions on promoter Mick Helliet's 10-bout bill at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday night, with Peter McDonagh and JJ Ojuederie chalking up clear wins.


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Galway-born McDonagh, a Southern Area and Irish champion, who had fought three title bouts in his previous six contests, had no problems breezing through a four-rounder with Jimmy Briggs (Barnstaple).

McDonagh, who fought for the European title last year when he was a member of local trainer Paul Cook's stable, landed the effective shots, winning every round against the gallant Briggs.

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East London-based Ojuederie was also a winner all the way against Mark Nilsen (Sale) in a light-heavyweight clash, with referee Ian John Lewis scoring him a 60-54 winner.

Ojuederie threw the sharper attacks in every round to clinch a well-earned decision.

Hackney's Wayne Al Arab was another points winner against Leed's Chris Thompson for his eighth straight victory, with promoter Helliet cheering him all the way.

A tighter verdict went in favour of Woolwich-based Albanian super middleweight Eder Kurti, with just a single point margin over Luke Osman (Wales) in their four-rounder.

Ever-willing Johnny Greaves (East Ham) tested Gavin Tait (Sheerness), but the heavier punching Kent boxer claimed a 39-37 points win.

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