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Rabchenko: I want to show the crowd what I've learned from Ricky


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http://static.boxrec.com/wiki/b/b6/Sergey_Rabchenko.jpgEuropean light-middleweight champion Sergey Rabchenko is relishing the opportunity to box in front of his home fans again. He returns to Minsk, Belarus for the first time in almost two years on Tuesday (July 16) when he faces Gari Abajian (18-13-1) over eight rounds at the Moulin Rouge Club.

The fight is a warm-up for Rabchenko's title defence against Spaniard Ruben Varon (41-6) on October 4 in in Madrid, Spain. Varon has notched up six wins in Spain since he gave world title challenger Matthew Macklin problems before eventually losing a decision for the European middleweight belt in Liverpool back in 2010.

Rabchenko, trained in Manchester by Ricky Hatton, said: "No one believed that I would be on this show and that Ricky Hatton would come to Minsk. Now they can see the posters.

"I would like to express my gratitude to Ricky and (international agent) Philippe Fondu. They made it a dream come true that I can box in front of my home fans.

"I want to show all the crowd what I have learned from Ricky. It is a warm-up fight, so I’ll try something new, which will be useful in future fights."

Rabchenko would have been defending his EBU title against Italian Emanuele Della Rosa (32-1) this summer, but the his Italian's team decided to withdraw from purse bids, which means he will now face Varon in Madrid on October 4.

"It was disappointing as I was ready for that defence [against Della Rosa], but anything can happened in boxing, especially at this level," Sergey said.

"After the fight in Minsk, I’ll have a very short rest, then go back to training to get ready for Ruben Varon in October."

The Belarusian is the number one challenger for Saul Alvarez's WBC title, and victory over Varon could put him in line for a world title shot in early 2014. Alvarez fights P4P king Floyd Mayweather on September 14 in Las Vegas.




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