KHAN VS. BARRERA
Amir Khan vs. Marco Antonio Barrera
PLUS: Enzo Maccarinelli vs. Ola Aolabi
M.E.N. Arena in London, England

LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW
SATURDAY, MARCH 14
4 PM ET / 1 PM PT

Integrated Sports will distribute a world-class pay-per-view card, headlined by Amir Khan versus “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, Saturday, March 14 live from The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom . . . Click here for more | Fact Sheet


Khan defeats Barrera!
In a WBO lightweight eliminator, 2004 Olympic silver medalist Amir Khan (20-1, 15 KOs) won a five round technical decision over legendary “Baby Faced Assassin” and former three-division world champion Marco Antonio Barrera (65-7, 42 KOs) on Saturday night at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. In round one, Barrera suffered a deep gash on the hairline from an unintentional headbutt that bled into his left eye from that point on. Khan was faster and very sharp, often punishing the bloodied Barrera on the ropes. Barrera had some moments too, but Khan was in command for the rounds contested. Doctors looked at the cut in the fourth, but the bout was not stopped at that point (which would have resulted in a no decision). The bout was stopped because of the cut during the following round, sending the verdict to the scorecards, which read 50-44, 50-45, 50-45 for Khan.
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In a clash for the vacant interim version of the WBO cruiserweight title, the Cinderella story of Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi (14-1-3, 6 KOs) continued with a shocking ninth round knockout of former champion Enzo Maccarinelli (29-3, 22 KOs). A big right hand ended it at 1:50.
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Unbeaten Roman “Rocky” Martinez (22-0-1, 13 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round KO to dethrone defending WBO super featherweight champion Nicky “Cookie” Cook (29-2, 16 KOs) claiming the 130lb world title. Two left uppercuts in the fourth led to the first knockdown. Cook barely beat the count but Martinez finished him off with a left hook. Cook stood up on shaky legs and referee Dave Parris waved it off. Time was 2:20.
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Challenger Matthew Hall (22-1, 15 KOs) destroyed Commonwealth light middleweight champion Bradley Pryce (27-7, 17 KOs) in two explosive rounds. Hall put Pryce on the canvas three times in round two and the fight was waved off right after the third knockdown with Pryce down and out.


Khan, Barrera at the scales
Amir Khan 134.5 lbs vs Marco Antonio Barrera 135
(WBO lightweight eliminator)
Enzo Maccarinelli 199.25 vs Ola Afolabi 199.25
(Interim WBO Cruiserweight Title)
Nicky Cook 130 vs Rocky Martinez 130
(WBO Super Featherweight Title)
Venue: M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom
Promoter: Frank Warren
Photo by David Martin Warr

Telegraph: Khan in solitary confinement ahead of Barrera clash
Freddie Roach demanded this week that Amir Khan hand over his mobile phone, and the astute American trainer then banned all Khan's followers from visiting him in the fortnight leading up to the fight with Marco Antonio Barrera at the MEN Arena, Manchester, on Saturday night. . . . More

Telegraph: Barrera will fight dirty against Amir Khan
Marco Antonio Barrera will try every trick in the book by using his elbows and his head against Amir Khan, trainer Freddie Roach has claimed ahead of his tyro's clash in Manchester on Saturday night . . . . More

Sky Sports: Roach: It's down to me
Freddie Roach says it was HIS decision to fight Marco Antonio Barrera. . . . . More

Sky Sports: Beware of Barrera!
So the mouthwatering match is finally upon us. . . . . More

Setanta Sports: Roach warning for Khan
Trainer Freddie Roach has warned Amir Khan that his pro boxing career could be over before it really begins if he is beaten by Marco Antonio Barrera on Saturday night . . . . More

Manchester Evening News: Khan's last chance
Amir Khan is finished if he is soundly beaten by Marco Antonio Barrera on Saturday night. . . . . More

Telegraph: Khan has faster hand speed than Barrera
American trainer Freddie Roach, who oversees both Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan, has compared the two fighters - insisting that Khan is faster than Pacquiao, and has greater handspeed . . . . More

Conference call transcripts: Amir Khan
Amir Khan talks extensively about his showdown with Marco Antonio Barrera . . . . More

Conference call transcripts: Marco Antonio Barrera
The Mexican legend talks about his fight with the young phenom, Amir Khan . . . . More

Sky Sports: Big fight countdown!
Coming of Age is just days away, so let Sky Sports mark your card with our exclusive Countdown Shows this week . . . . More

Mirror: Khan won't be passing on tips to Hatton
Khan faces Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera in Manchester on Saturday while Hatton faces fearsome Filipino Pacquiao in Las Vegas on May 2 . . . . More

Times Online: Maccarinelli hindered by another fight
At the MEN Arena, Manchester, on Saturday - on the same bill as Amir Khan's bout against Marco Antonio Barrera - Maccarinelli boxes Ola Afolabi for the . . . . More

Sunday Herald: Khan puts career on line
Last September it looked like the dreams and ambitions of Amir Khan had finally crashed into the brutal reality of a sport that is grimly unforgiving at or anywhere near the top level . . . . More

The People: Khan wants revenge for pal Hamed!
Amir Khan has promised to exact revenge on Marco Antonio Barrera - for Naseem Hamed and British fight fans . . . . More

Sunday Mail: Khan: Defeat made me better
Rejuvenated Amir Khan insists his shock KO at the hands of Breidis Prescott was the rude awakening he needed to spark his career into life. . . . More

Independent: Khan comes of age
You'll see a new Amir Khan." Significantly, Khan has four inches in height and 13 years on Barrera, and at the lightweight limit he is likely to be too big . . . More

Independent: Monarch of mayhem is loud and pride
The razzmatazz of fight game's greatest showman is still keenly felt after 35 years and 400 world title fights. Alan Hubbard speaks to Don King . . . More

Times Online: Barrera a law unto himself
Barrera won’t find Amir all night long. If he does, I’ll be mad at him [Khan].” A former holder of alphabet world titles in three weight divisions . . . More

Manchester Evening News: Khan seeks 'Hatton' moment
Amir Khan believes he will have his "Ricky Hatton moment" when he faces legendary Marco Antonio Barrera at the MEN Arena next week . . . More

BBC Sport: Maccarinelli inspired by Calzaghe
Enzo Maccarinelli has vowed to fill Welsh boxing's void following the retirement of Joe Calzaghe . . . More

Sky Sports: Enzo - I'll unleash hell
Enzo Maccarinelli (29-2, 22KO) takes on American Afolabi at the MEN Arena in Manchester on the big Amir Khan-Marco Antonio Barrera card on 14th March . . . More

Guardian: Barrera's law degree another boxing quirk
When Marco Antonio Barrera gets in the ring with Amir Khan in Manchester next Saturday, he will share an unlikely bond . . . More

Khan in great shape
Amir Khan showed all the benefits of a lengthy training camp in California today as he wowed the press during a media workout in Bolton.. . . More

The Sun: Khan - I'll be the last to face Barrera
Khan is full of confidence ahead of his lightweight clash with the Mexican legend at Manchester's MEN Arena. . . . More

411mania.com: Khan vs. Barrera- Too soon or too late?
UK correspondent Russell Hanley wonders if it's too late for Barrera or too soon for Khan as they head into their March 14 bout. . . More

Setanta Sports: Khan will knock Barrera out
Trainer Freddie Roach insists that Amir Khan will knock Marco Antonio Barrera out when the pair clash next week . . . More

Sky Sports: Barrera brimming with belief
Eyebrows were raised when the 2004 Olympic silver medallist (19-1, 15 KOs) announced he would take on a three-weight world champion in Barrera (65-6, 43 KOs) so soon after his first-round knockout defeat to Breidis Prescott. . . More

Sky Sports: Khan backed by Barrera
Manny Pacquiao is backing stablemate Amir Khan to beat Marco Antonio Barrera. The Filipino phenomenon, in England to promote his May 2 showdown with Ricky Hatton, has been sparring with Khan at Freddie Roach’s Wildcard Gym in Hollywood . . . More

Barrera on historic mission
The 12-round main event March 14th between 22-year-old lightweight prospect Amir Khan and Hall of Fame bound multiple world champion, “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, shapes up as a potential classic at The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom. . . More

Sky Sports: Khan to silence the critics
Amir Khan admits even his own friends expect him to lose to Marco Antonio Barrera . . . More

Blackpool Gazette: Blackpool boxer to fight on Khan bill
Blackpool boxer Mathew Ellis is to appear on the under-card of the Amir Khan/Marco Antonio Barrera bill at the MEN Arena next month . . . More

Barrera faces the wrath of Khan!
The hype surrounding 22-year-old lightweight prospect Amir Khan may not be the same since his stunning first-round knockout loss to Breidis Prescott last September, but the 2004 Olympic silver medallist has the full confidence of his head trainer, Freddie Roach, as they prepare in Los Angeles for Khan’s showdown with multiple world champion “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, Saturday, March 14 at The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom . . . More

B.D. Post: No fun in the sun for champ Nicky
NICKY COOK left the chilly temperatures behind to head for the sunshine island of Tenerife last week, aiming to make it hot for challenger Roman Martinez when he defends his WBO world super-featherweight title against the Puerto Rican at the MEN Arena in Manchester on March 14 . . . More

The Sun: You Khan't have a belt
The Olympic silver medal winner, 22, was eyeing the WBO lightweight belt. It was declared vacant as champ Nate Campbell failed to make the weight for last weekend’s defence against Ali Funeka . . . More

Khan vs. Barrera possibly a title fight
Unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell’s inability to make weight has led to three titles becoming vacant. As previously reported, Golden Boy has expressed interest in having the WBO sanction the February 28 fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz. Also in the mix for that belt is the March 14 clash between Amir Khan and Marco Antonio Barreral. Promoter Frank Warren told the Sun, “Khan vs. Barrera might well become a title fight. I hope the WBO will sanction it.”

New foe for Maccareinelli
Enzo Maccarinelli will now take on Ola Afolabi for the WBO interim cruiserweight title on March 14. The bout will feature on the same card as Amir Khan’s showdown against Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester . . . More

Barrera will be ready March 14
Amir Khan’s mega showdown against Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera is still on for March 14th at the Manchester Evening News Arena. There had been concerns . . . More