Sat, 12 Mar 2005

From: AFP

Mayweather to face Gatti in June

BLOOMFIELD, New Jersey: Floyd Mayweather Jr and Arturo Gatti, who have danced around a potential blockbuster world title fight, finally came to terms on Thursday and are slated to meet on June 25 in Atlantic City.

Gatti, the World Boxing Council super lightweight champion, is one of boxing's most exciting fighters.

Mayweather is undefeated in 33 fights.

A former WBC super featherweight and lightweight champion, Mayweather is in search of a third world title now that he's in the 140-pound ranks.

"I am so happy this is resolved," Gatti said. "I can't wait to get back into the gym so I can punish Mayweather come June 25."

Gatti is coming off a fifth-round knockout of Jesse James Leija on June 29, which took his record to 39-6 with 30 knockouts.

Mayweather boasts a record of 33-0 with 22 knockouts. -- AFP

China names Zhu to replace Haan

BEIJING: Zhu Guanghu has been formally appointed China's coach following the dismissal of Dutchman Arie Haan last year.

"It's taken a long time but Zhu was selected because he was the best candidate available," China Football Association (CFA) media officer Dong Hua told Reuters on Friday.

"The CFA has strict standards for appointing the national team coach. We did not have to appoint a Chinese coach but Zhu is the right choice."

Zhu led Shenzhen Jianlibao to the Chinese Super League title last year and had been the national team's interim coach since Haan was fired in November for failing to qualify for the 2006 World Cup.

The 55-year-old will be in charge for the friendlies in Spain on March 26 and in the Republic of Ireland three days later. -- Reuters