Samir's 'dream' role on Hatton comeback bill
SAMIR Mouneimne says he's determined not to freeze on the big stage after being handed a "dream" opportunity alongside boxing superstar Ricky Hatton.
Mouneimne will return to the ring on November 24 for his 12th professional bout, taking to the stage at a packed Manchester Arena as part of the undercard to Hatton's comeback fight.
The former light-welterweight world champion is returning from a three-year exile in what has already become the most eagerly-anticipated fight in Britain this year.
"This is something of a dream come true for me because I grew up watching Ricky Hatton fight and now I'm on the undercard of his comeback fight," Mouneimne told the Mail.
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"This fight could kick-start my career in terms of being on the national stage. I am determined to impress and show everyone inside the arena what I can do.
"It is a huge show, the biggest of my career easily and I want to make sure I don't freeze and get stage fright. There will be all the cameras, thousands of people and a lot of star names, so I'm going to stay focussed on what I have to do and just box.
"The exposure will be great for me, but I need to box like I can and if I do that I know I can impress."
An opponent for the 25-year-old featherweight is yet to be announced, but the Mail understands some initial talks have taken place for the Hull boxer to fight for a major title.
Mouneimne's manager, John Ingle, and coaches Paul Kershaw and Mike Bromby have been trying to lure an English title fight for some time, with the trio confident their boxer is ready to take the next major step in his career.
A re-match with British and Commonwealth title holder Lee Selby, who Mouneimne has already beaten in his early career, remains the ultimate goal.
While an opponent is yet to be confirmed, the featherweight knows that, given the quality joining him on the card, whoever he faces will be his toughest test yet.
"This is a fight on the Ricky Hatton bill in front of a packed house, they want quality fights and I'm training to face the very best, whoever it is," he added.
"Training has gone really well so far, and I'm really happy with how this camp has gone ahead of the Manchester fight.
"I'm working harder than ever before, putting the miles in and when I step out I'll be ready to impress."