Hamed top of Warren's big bill

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Naseem Hamed will attempt to become a double champion on a night of four world title fights at London Arena on 8 February.

The 22-year-old unbeaten holder of the World Organisation featherweight belt will meet the 32-year-old American Tom Johnson, the International Federation champion and a man regarded as the best in the division. Johnson has won 44 of his 47 contests and will be making the 12th defence of the title he won nearly four years ago.

Steve Collins, who punched Nigel Benn into retirement last month, defends his WBO super-middleweight title against an opponent to be named next week, when a challenger for Robin Reid's first defence of the World Council super-middleweight title will also be named.

The fourth fight involves the British champion, Mickey Cant- well, who challenges the South African Jake Matlala for the WBO light- flyweight title.

The show is costing pounds 5.5m to stage at the 12,500 capacity London Arena, with top tickets costing pounds 250 each. The promoter, Frank Warren, said: "It is the most expensive I have ever put together."

Warren admitted he would like to have returned to the Nynex Arena in Manchester where he staged last month's triple world title fight bill, but the venue was booked .

Hamed, whose aim is to hold all four versions of the title said: "I have all the respect in the world for Johnson. He is the No 1, but that respect will fly out of the window in the ring."

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