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Marsh is ready to renew rivalry

PUBLISHED: 16:09 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 05 October 2010

EAST LONDON trainer Johnny Eames has been busy preparing British super bantamweight champion Matthew Marsh for his title defence at York Hall tomorrow night – but admits he will be sorry to see opponent Rocky Dean lose the fight. We all know Rocky well –

EAST LONDON trainer Johnny Eames has been busy preparing British super bantamweight champion Matthew Marsh for his title defence at York Hall tomorrow night - but admits he will be sorry to see opponent Rocky Dean lose the fight.

"We all know Rocky well - he's a nice genuine kid and I'm sorry that he's going to be a loser again," said the TKO Ultrachem gym boss, adding that former West Ham amateur Marsh has twice outpointed his Peacock gym rival in previous clashes.

"Rocky has failed twice in title bids against Matthew and I am sure it will be the same on Friday night - I just think my fighter will have too much for him again."

The rivalry between the two fighters - from gyms barely a mile apart - has already produced two sparkling Southern Area title clashes, with just two points separating the pair in both bouts.

"It will be third time lucky for me," insisted the 30-year-old Dean. "I'm better prepared and I will rise to the occasion. There's no way that I'm losing and I will show that by winning the British title."

With just a single defeat in 11 pro fights, Marsh will start as favourite to keep his British title but he will face a stiff test from Dean, who knows he is fighting for his boxing future.

The Sports Network show that also features a heavyweight clash between Sam Sexton and Colin Kenna for the vacant Southern Area title.

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