Opinion | Sep 02 2014

Mickey Vann: Kiko Martinez might spring the surprise over Carl Frampton in Belfast

But Vann is expecting a good fight - unlike Johnny Nelson's first two world title fights
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BIG congratulations to Marco Huck for successfully defending is WBO cruiserweight title against Mirko Larghetti, and in doing so he has drawn level with Johnny Nelson’s all-time divisional record of 13 successful defences.

Johnny had 59 professional fights, only lost 12, and most of those defeats were early in his career. Saying that, Johnny also had some stinkers, and won’t forgive me for bringing two of these to mind. The first was in his home town of Sheffield when he challenged Carlos de Leon for the WBC cruiserweight title in 1990 – it finished a draw and was one of the worst, if not the worst fight I have witnessed. My god, it was the finest cure I have ever seen for insomnia.

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