Witter dreaming of unification


Witter dreaming of unification

PRESS RELEASE: Junior Witter hopes beating Vivian Harris will lead to a world title unification fight or a long-awaited showdown with old rival Ricky Hatton.

The WBC light-welterweight champion makes his second world title defence against mandatory challenger Harris, of New York, at the The Dome at Doncaster Lakeside on Friday, September 7.

The Hennessy Sports show in association with title partners GoldenPalace.com will be screened live on Sky Sports and also features the English Super-Flyweight Title fight between Robert Nelson and Andy Bell in an all-Yorkshire encounter. Also in action is top domestic lightweight Lee Meager, who meets Hungarian Laszlo Komjathi in an international ten round contest.

Witter holds the most respected world title but fighting his rival world champions is something the Bradford boxer would like to do providing he overcomes former WBA champion Harris.

Of course, number one choice for Witter would be a meeting with two-weight world champion Hatton, who faces Floyd Mayweather up at welterweight on December 8.

If a fight with Hatton does not happen, Junior would be interested in facing American Paulie Malignaggi, the IBF champion, or Welshman Gavin Rees, the new WBA champion.

Despite the possibility of fighting his rival world champions, Witter is not looking past Harris.

"I’ve got a tough fight in front of me which I’m not looking past but being undisputed world champion is a big ambition of mine," said Junior.

"If Ricky does not step up to the plate then I would love to fight Malignaggi and take him out at Madison Square Garden.

"I don’t mind going to New York to fight him, I’ll fight where ever it doesn’t bother me. They build these Americans up and I’m ready to knock them down.

"Malignaggi looked really good beating Lovemore Ndou for the IBF title and it would be a great fight.

"If a fight with Ricky Hatton cannot be made, then it would be great for British boxing if I could fight Gavin at some stage.

"But I think Harris is better than both of the other world champions in my division, Rees and Malignaggi