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Cook hopes it’s not Burns’ night when he faces another Scot for title

PUBLISHED: 10:43 14 July 2011

Nicky Cook (right) has Scot Ricky Burns in his sights and is threatening to take his belt away

Nicky Cook (right) has Scot Ricky Burns in his sights and is threatening to take his belt away

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Nicky Cook has already taken a world title against a Scot when he beat Alex Arthur for the WBO super-featherweight belt nearly three years ago and he faces another Scot on Saturday with the same title at stake – and insists the result will be the same.

“Ricky Burns – watch out, mate, I’m coming for you,” he warned the champion he meets in Liverpool on Saturday night and is super confident about the outcome.

“It’s going to be a Cook win, without a doubt. I’ve got a proven record against Scotsmen and this is going to be another win for me.”

He took the title with a clear points win over Arthur but lost it to Puerto Rican Rocky Martinez in the same Manchester ring two years ago.

Burns took the title with an upset win over Martinez and now offers the chance to Cook who had just one warm-up fight after his two-year break from boxing.

However he insists that could work in his favour: “Whenever I had a break I have always come back stronger, sharper and generally feeling better in myself,” says the 31-year-old challenger.

“Before I boxed Alex Arthur I’d had a lengthy lay-off because of the troubles with my hand, but I bounced back and won the world title.

“That is exactly what I am going to do again.”

The 13-year-pro scoffs at the suggestion that he does not deserve a world title after his two-year break: “I’ve only been beaten twice in my career and they have both been in world title fights.

“I’ve paid my dues in boxing and fought some hard battles. As a former world champion why shouldn’t I be given the opportunity to reclaim my belt?”

The challenger who has built up business interests in Tenerife has prepared for the fight in the holiday island under the eye of his father/trainer former West Ham pro Paul Cook.

It’s a combination that has proved a winner over more than 20 years during his amateur and pro career – and there’s confidence in the Cook camp that there will be another victory on Saturday night.


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