Thursday, June 11, 2009

Arthur warns Khan about Kotelnik

Former WBO World Super-Featherweight Champion Alex Arthur has warned Amir Khan that he's in for a tough night's work against Andreas Kotelnik - and he's speaking from first-hand experience. Khan takes on WBA World Light-Welterweight champion Kotelnik at the O2 Arena, London, on June 27. And Arthur knows just how good the Ukrainian is after losing to him on points as an amateur back in 1998 - the same year he struck gold at the Commonwealth Games."Kotelnik was really good back then, and it was obvious that if he did turn professional then he was going to go all the way," said Arthur. "He had that real Eastern European amateur style and was a very difficult man to beat, but he's proved how good he is by going on to win a world title. "The moment our fight started I realised that he was something special, and he's still very slick, very slippery and I'm sure he'll be a real handful at the O2. "Not everyone had heard of Kotelnik before he was announced as Khan's opponent, but he shouldn't be overlooked. Believe me, he's a very dangerous fighter." But Arthur, who returns to action on June 19 in Glasgow, believes that Khan can get the better of Kotelnik. "Amir is going to have to be at his best," said Arthur, who is now aiming to win a second world title at lightweight. "He's got to use his angles, keep out of trouble and utilise his speed to dictate the fight on his own terms. "I believe that he can do it and I'll be rooting for him because Britain needs more world champions. "I've been a big admirer of Amir ever since he won his silver medal at the Olympic Games, and he's great for the sport. "I also know that Amir is in great hands because I've worked with Freddie Roach before and he is one of the best, if not the best, trainers in the world."

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