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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 July 2007, 21:40 GMT 22:40 UK
Cook wants to be two-weight champ
By Ben Dirs

Nicky Cook
Cook is undefeated in 27 professional encounters
Nicky Cook, who fights Steve Luevano for the vacant WBO featherweight title on Saturday, has set his sights on becoming a two-weight world champion.

Dagenham's Cook, 27, is a former British, European and Commonwealth champion and is undefeated in 27 professional encounters.

"My plan is to win this title, defend it a couple of times and then go up to super feather and fight some big boys."

"I want to be fighting for world titles at both weights," Cook told BBC Sport.

The featherweight division is currently lacking in marquee names following the decision of some of the sport's biggest draws to step up a division.

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines is widely regarded as the best super featherweight in the world, while Mexican greats Juan Manuel Marquez and Marco Antonio Barrera fought most recently at 130lb.

Steven Luevano's a quality fighter but we've seen a few things we can work on

Nicky Cook

"I know I can go up to super feather, I'm strong enough," added Cook, who revealed a fight with Marquez, who won the WBC super featherweight crown from Barrera in March, nearly happened this year.

"The deal was, if I had beaten Harrison [Harrison, then the WBO champion, was supposed to have fought Cook last December but failed to turn up for the weigh-in], I was to fight Marquez straight away," said Cook.

"I didn't have a problem with that, because I knew I'd beat Harrison and I thought I had a good chance against Marquez because he's not a devastating puncher."

Meanwhile, Cook believes he has spotted some chinks in Luevano's armour ahead of the first boxing show at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, formerly the Millennium Dome.

Cook said: "Steven's a quality fighter, he's had 32 wins in 33 fights and doesn't do a lot wrong. But we've seen a few things we can work on.

"I've not really boxed anyone like him before but I've had great sparring," said Cook.

I'm not a typical Mexican fighter that just comes straight in and tries to knock your lights out

Steve Luevano

"I used [London welterweight] Michael Lomax as the chief sparring partner, because he's a tall, lanky southpaw who counter-punches, like Luevano.

"But because Michael's a welterweight, it should be that much easier when I get in there against Luevano."

The 26-year-old Luevano has never fought outside of the US, but does not think he will be overwhelmed by Cook's raucous support.

"I watched the Ricky Hatton-Jose Luis Castillo fight and I was thinking, 'That's the way it's going to be for my fight against Nicky Cook'," the Los Angeles-born fighter told BBC Sport.

"Everyone will be against me. But on fight night, those people are not going to matter because my focus will be on the fight and Nicky.

"He looks like he's a strong fighter. He moves around and looks like he likes to come in straight at you.

"But we've got a lot of ideas and plans as to how we're going to approach the fight.

"I'll just do what I do best - box. I use my head - I'm not a typical Mexican fighter that just comes straight in and tries to knock your lights out.

"I'm a counter-puncher - I move around, I jab, I make you miss, I make you pay."

The card also features Amir Khan v Willie Limond for the Commonwealth lightweight crown and Matt Skelton v Michael Sprott for the Commonwealth heavyweight title.


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