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BOXING: Hare set to run for title shot.

JAMES HARE is in a confident mood ahead of his Commonwealth welterweight title clash with Julian Holland of Australia at Huddersfield Leisure Centre tonight.

Hare will enter the ring with an impressive record of 20 wins and one draw after claiming the European Union title with a 10-round points win over Monney Seka in Barnsley in January.

"Seka was a very capable opponent but I just had too much movement and variation for him. All being well that should stand me in good stead," the Yorkshireman said.

"I've trained hard and I'm just looking forward to trying my best and I hope I can get some of that skill and movement going like I did in my last fight.

"I'm looking forward to it. When I was a young kid of about 12 or 13 and got to the schoolboy finals, I vowed that one day I would turn pro and achieve good things - and I'm doing that now."

Holland, nicknamed the 'Gold Coast Golden Boy', has won 27 of his 30 bouts and claimed the belt with a seventh-round stoppage of former world title challenger Shannan Taylor.

However, Hare's trainer Chris Aston believes the Australian will meet his match in London this weekend.

"He may fancy himself as a boxer but when he gets in the ring with a switch-hitter and someone who is as slick as James Hare, he'll find that boxing just isn't going to work for him," declared Aston.
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Date:Apr 27, 2002
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