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Boxing in brief: Lindsay rejects McGuigan talk

UNBEATEN Belfastman Martin Lindsay, who makes the first defence of his British featherweight title against Jamie Arthur next Friday, plays down comparisons made with Barry McGuigan.

"It's obviously a huge privilege, but I don't read too much into it," he said. "I have watched Barry's videos, but he was before my time. You can't get carried away. You have to take one step at a time in boxing."

Lindsay (15-0) won the British title last April with a sixth round stoppage of Paul Appleby. Challenger Arthur (16-2) retired from boxing in 2005, but has won his seven comeback bouts.

Sky Sports 1 will show the fight live from Leigh Indoor Sports Centre next Friday at 10pm.

Sosnowski out to make Vitali pay

EUROPEAN heavyweight champion Albert Sosnowski aims to make the most of his unexpected chance to take the WBC belt from Vitali Klitschko in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on May 29.

"It's a dream come true. Klitschko, for me, is over the hill. I know I will be the underdog but, believe me, Klitschko will regret picking me," said the 31-year-old Pole.

Sosknowski had been training to fight Audley Harrison when he got the surprise call after negotiations for Klitschko to face Russian giant Nicolay Valuev broke down.

Don King, Valuev's co-promoter, wanted more than the $2.5m on offer. Sosknowski will pick up a career-best payday of around $1m.

Frazier takes trip for Bugner bash

OLD rivals Joe Frazier and Joe Bugner met up on Thursday when American Joe flew to Sydney to help Aussie Joe celebrate his 60th birthday.

"We respected each other as fighters. For him to come all this way for me is quite incredible," said Bugner.

Frazier won their 1973 non-title fight in London on points, but was given a hard battle for 12 rounds.

Quote of the week

"I told my brother that I wanted to fight David Haye, but Wladimir said no, that he wants to fight him. I think he should respect his older brother" -- Vitali Klitschko on who should get the chance to shut up the cocky Londoner.