Cook lined up for February defence of world title

PUBLISHED: 10:49 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:56 05 October 2010

Nicky Cook looks set to return to action next month with a defence of his WBO world super-featherweight title

NICKY COOK looks set to return to action next month with a defence of his WBO world super-featherweight title.

Promoter Frank Warren wants to feature Cook and former WBO cruiserweight titleholder Enzo Maccarinelli on a big promotion in February.

Stepney-born Cook was ruled out of making a first defence of his title against Manchester's Steve Foster Jr at the ExCeL Arena last month due to flu.

But Sports Network boss Warren and the fighter's father-trainer Paul Cook have been busy this week discussing possible challengers for a February fight, which could be a mandatory defence.

That would mean a meeting with No1 challenger Roman Martinez, the unbeaten Puerto Rican fighter, who says he is ready to face the world champion.

"I feel that our styles are going to make for a very exciting and action filled championship fight," Martinez said.

"Anyone who has seen me in action knows that those are the kind fights that I like to be involved in. I've been in all different types of fights since my debut in 2001and have remained unbeaten.

" I'm very confident that my own experiences and proper preparation will have me ready for a successful challenge when I get the chance to face Nicky Cook.

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