Amir Khan vs Breidis Prescott
Explosive showdown live and exclusive on Sky Box Office - British boxing superstar Amir Khan faces the fight of his life against Colombian powerhouse Breidis Prescott on September 6 at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. The 25-year-old Colombian boasts a fearsome unbeaten record of 19 fights with 17 big knockout wins - a staggering 14 coming inside three rounds..
Article posted on 14.08.2008
Khan, who is WBO #2, WBC #5 and IBF #10 ranked, has an equally impressive record - undefeated in 18 fights with 14 KO's - and recently stopped Michael Gomez in a thrilling five-round shoot out.
At nearly 6' Prescott, ranked #14 by the WBA, has boxed as high as light-welterweight before, will have a slight height advantage over Khan.
The pair will fight for Khan's WBO Intercontinental lightweight title at the M.E.N Arena that has seen some of the best fights in recent years including Ricky Hatton v Kostya Tszyu and Joe Calzaghe v Ricky Hatton.
And Khan is looking to put on an a great performance for his glittering debut on Sky Box Office, after promoter Frank Warren signed a new 20-fight deal with Britain's premier sports broadcaster.
"Prescott looks dangerous but he's just the kind of opponent I need at this stage of my career to get my fear instinct to kick in," said Khan.
"He may have been knocking them out left right and centre, but I'm going to make him wake up and smell the coffee!
"I've been working on my defensive skills with new coach Jorge Rubio, and it looks like Prescott will be testing out what I've been learning in the gym.
"Along with my strength and conditioning coach, I'm also punching harder than ever before, and I think my offensive skills are going to win my this fight.
"I love to entertain the crowd and the viewers on Sky Box Office, and I plan to go to war against Prescott. I won't be hiding from him - I'll go after him and try and knock him out like I do with all my opponents."
Hailing from Barranquilla, Colombia, Prescott was due to challenge for the WBA Fedalatin lightweight title before accepting this bout.
A man of few words, he said this morning: "Khan is just a boy. I'm will knock him out," he said this morning.
Alex Arthur's first defence of his WBO World Super-Featherweight title against Nicky Cook headlines the blockbuster show.
The night of boxing will be available to Sky digital subscribers for £14.95 on Sky Box Office channel 743 and in high definition on channel 753. It can be ordered by press the red button on the Sky remote handset - there is a £1 booking fee for any orders made by phone. For further information and to order the event, viewers can call: 08442 410 888
Tickets for the M.E.N Arena show are priced at £30, £40, £50, £100, £150 and £200 and are available from www.frankwarren.tv
AMIR KHAN LINES UP ON SKY
AMIR KHAN has signed a multi-fight deal which could take him to a world title on Sky.
His first appearance on Sky Box Office will be on Saturday 6 September when he fights the undefeated Lightweight Breidis Prescott at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester.
World Super-Featherweight champion Alex Arthur will headline the show with his defence of the WBO title against Nicky Cook. Heavyweight Audley Harrison, a fellow Olympic medallist, winning gold at Sydney in 2000, will also feature on the bill.
Amir Khan follows some of Britain's best known fighters to Sky, and like Lennox Lewis, Prince Naseem Hamed, and Ricky Hatton before him, he could win a world title on Sky Box Office.
Vic Wakeling, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: "All the big names in British boxing in recent years have won major world title fights on Sky, and we are delighted to welcome Amir Khan to the list. When he fights for a world title will be down to Amir and his advisors, but we shall be there."
An Olympic Silver-medalist at just 17, Amir Khan rose to prominence at the Athens Games four years ago and turned professional in 2005 with a knock-out in his first fight. Now undefeated in 18 contests, he lifted the Commonwealth title last summer and his since made four successful defences, the most recent a thrilling contest against Michael Gomez.
His next opponent, the undefeated Breidis Prescott, is a 25-year old Colombian with 17 knock-outs in 19 professional fights.
Amir Khan said: "I'm really excited to be boxing on Sky and I can't wait to put on my best performances for the viewers tuning in. "
He continued; "Britain's best boxers and some of the best fights in recent years have all featured on Sky and with the way I fight the viewers will definitely get excitement. Since winning Silver at the 2004 Olympic Games and turning professional the time has flown by and I'm now so close to achieving my ambition of becoming a world champion - and I hope I can share that defining moment on Sky."
Amir Khan joins Sky as part of a new deal with Frank Warren which will bring a number of live shows to Sky Sports for Friday Fight Night, as well as live shows for Sky Box Office, over the next year.
His promoter, Frank Warren, said: "I'm delighted to have agreed a new promotional deal with Sky, bringing around 20 shows this year, and to return to where I previously spent ten great years creating superstars like Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton and Naseem Hamed.
"Sky viewers are now in for a real treat as they watch an exciting and dramatic phase of Amir Khan's career unfold in front of them as he goes from unbeaten prospect and Commonwealth Lightweight Champion to a World Champion. Along with big world title fights, I'm thrilled that some of the best young and talented boxers in Britain that I promote also feature prominently and will develop into stars of the future - all on Sky."
The night of boxing will be available to Sky digital subscribers for £14.95 on Sky Box Office channel 743 and in high definition on channel 753. It can be ordered by pressing the red button on the Sky remote handset - there is a £1 booking fee for any orders made by phone. For further information and to order the event viewers can call: 08442 410 888.
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