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Sergey Rabchenko vs. Adriano Nicchi clash on Golovkin-Ishida undercard on March 30th

SERGEY RABCHENKO is quickly closing in on a world title shot, but cannot afford to overlook his next task, says trainer Ricky Hatton.


The unbeaten Belarusian, 26, will make the second defence of his European light-middleweight crown against Italian champion Adriano Nicchi in Monte Carlo on March 30.

And the Hitman believes it’s a challenge his charge has to be fully focused on or a potential showdown with World Boxing Council (WBC) kingpin Saul “Canelo” Alvarez can be kissed goodbye.


“Sergey can see that world title on the horizon now, but isn’t ready just yet so needs to continue to impress again in Monaco,” Hatton said.

“In defending his European title, Sergey is fast climbing the world rankings and has a lot of people excited due to his explosive punching power.”

He added: “Although this is another tough defence, it’s one we’re confident he will come through.”

Sergey Rabchenko’s clash with Nicchi features on the same bill as Gennady Golovkin’s world middleweight title fight with Nobuhiro Ishida and the Million Dollar Super Four tournament featuring super-middleweight hopefuls Edwin Rodriquez, Zsolt Erdei, Denis Grachev and Ezequiel Osvaldo Madena.

Rabchenko is currently ranked as the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) number two challenger at 154lbs and victory on March 30 is expected to put in line for a world title eliminator this summer.

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Dibella signs Patrick Day

ew York, NY (2/7/13) – Yesterday afternoon, former #1 rated 152-pound amateur in the U.S., Freeport, Long Island’s Patrick “All” Day (1-0, 1KO) signed an exclusive long-term promotional contract with DiBella Entertainment (DBE). Day successfully made his pro debut on the DBE-promoted card on January 23, at BB King Blues Club, annihilating his opponent in just 31 seconds of the very first round. The performance immediately impressed Lou DiBella, who had been eager to see the 20-year-old in action after following his amateur career over the DBE past couple of years.

Day will return to action on the upcoming DBE-promoted Broadway Boxing card, on Thursday, February 21, at Roseland Ballroom in NYC.

“DiBella Entertainment is super excited to sign a young man who we believe to be one of the best prospects in the greater New York area,” said DiBella. “Patrick’s amateur credentials rival anyone’s as does the quality of the fighters he fought before turning pro. His potential is limitless and it is going to be exciting to watch him develop.”

“It’s a pleasure to be a part of the DiBella team,” said Day. “I am going to make this journey as pleasant and fun as possible as I dominate the opposition across from me and climb higher in to the professional ranks.”

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“I’m very happy that Lou has given Patrick this opportunity to shine under the DBE banner,” said manager and trainer Joe Higgins. “In my estimation Patrick is the total package in and out of the ring. This kid is absolutely the real deal. I’m confident that DBE will provide Patrick with the opportunities to build his legacy. He, without a question, is a very special boxer with the skills, conditioning and the guts it will take to be a World Champion. I think DBE realizes this and that is why they were so aggressive in signing him.”

Undefeated light heavyweight contender Seanie Monaghan, who like Day is trained by Higgins, and has known Patrick for years added, “I truly believe this kid has what it takes to make it all the way. I have been in the ring with many excellent fighters and Patrick might have the greatest combination of speed, skill and power that I have ever seen.”

Day compiled an impressive 75-5 record on his way to becoming the #1-rated 152lb. amateur in the US. Day, a 2012 Olympic Team Alternate, won a slew of championships and tournaments as an amateur including the 2012 USA Boxing National Championship, 2012 PAL National Championship and 2012 NY Golden Gloves. Day was also the 2009, 2010 and 2012 USA Metro Boxing Champion, as well as the 2010 and 2011 NY Golden Gloves runner-up. In addition to pursuing his professional boxing career, Day is currently attending college and plans on getting his degree in Sports Nutrition.

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The card on February 21 is promoted by DiBella Entertainment (DBE) and sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group, Newlio.com, and Everlast. The event will be broadcast live on broadband through GFL.TV. SNY will broadcast the event tape-delayed. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

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