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Boxing News of Wednesday, 30 January 2002

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Odoom would not last the distance - Narh

Commonwealth gold medallist, Raymond Narh, has predicted and early end in his National, West Africa and African Super-featherweight championship fight against the champion, Smith Odoom, fixed for February 22.

The bout dubbed "Put up or Shut up" would take place at the Accra Sports Stadium. "I have for long been searching for this opportunity to put Odoom in his own class but he keeps avoiding me and now that the chance has come, I am in no mood to spare him" Narh told the GNA Sports on Tuesday.

He said he would have been earning big money by now in London but I am around because of this fight and therefore "I 'm not leaving any stone unturned to ensure victory."

Narh said he is going into the fight because he believes the title is his and that it would be the catalyst to attract more fights to end his recent fight drought, which has kept him dormant.

He said he would be disappointed if Odoom refused to fight him at the last hour in view of the preparation he has put into the fight. Narh said after the fight he would travel to London to take on some fights before coming back to Ghana to put up a challenge for the Commonwealth Super Featherweight title, which he expressed confident of winning.

The fight which is under the Prince and Baseline promotion would see the winner taking home ?10 million as each camp has put down a bet of five million cedis, The loser goes home empty handed according to the agreements signed by the two camps.