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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 April, 2004, 13:17 GMT 14:17 UK
Hannbags at dawn
Quinten Hann
Forget white collar boxing, waistcoat wars and bow-tie brawls look set to be the new rage at the Crucible.

After exiting the World Championship in controversial style this week, Quinten Hann could be swapping his cue for a pair of boxing gloves.

The Australian bad-boy is reportedly interested in meeting first round conqueror Andy Hicks in the ring to even the score.

He is even prepared to make it a 50,000 winner-takes-all prize fight.

The 26-year-old fell out with bitter rival Hicks after their stormy encounter at the Crucible on Sunday, which he lost 10-4.

Despite publicly apologising for his outburst and bad language during the match, Hann is ready to take on Hicks anywhere, anytime.

"Let's get it on," he was quoted in one newspaper as saying. "Even if it's not for money, it'll be interesting to face Andy in the ring."

Certainly, the hot-headed player could take advantage of the 'white-collar' boxing phenomenon that is all the rage across London.

But Mark Burford, head trainer at Cityboxer.com - the organisation which gets white-collar amateurs into boxing - believes Hann might be better off sticking to what he knows best.

"I think it's just a bit of romantic talk," Burford told BBC Sport.

"I think with boxing, people often have a complete misapprehension that anyone can just get up there and have a go.

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"I don't let anyone get into the ring unless I'm satisfied they can defend themselves and are physically up to it."

"Otherwise, you have a ridiculous situation of handbags at dawn with both of them throwing a couple of shots and fainting after 20 seconds."

Of course, a showdown between Hann and Hicks could be one of the biggest ever draws on the white collar boxing circuit.

But perhaps appearing on Channel Four's celebrity TV show The Games would be a safer way to sort out their differences.


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