In brief: Duddy expects 'to win well' in Dallas
VICTORY is essential for John Duddy in Dallas, Texas tonight if he hopes to progress towards a world middleweight title fight with Kelly Pavlik before the end of the year, WRITES THOMAS MYLER.
The Derry boxer, who is based in New York, meets Mexican light-middleweight champion Michael Medina on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey world welterweight title fight.
Medina has a record of 22 wins, 18 either by stoppages of knockouts, two draws and one loss, to Vanes Martirosyan in September 2008.
But Duddy, with 28 wins and one defeat, should be too strong for him and keep on track for a fight with Pavlik, the WBO and WBC champion.
"I have too much to lose," said Duddy. "Medina looks a tough customer, but I've been training hard and am in top shape. Naturally I expect to win, and win well."
Meanwhile, Amir Khan has urged Ricky Hatton not to continue his boxing career. "I think he should retire," said Khan.
NICOLAS ROCHE climbed up to 13th place on the Paris/Nice leaderboard after yesterday's fifth stage to Aix-en-Provence.
Roche's strong AG2R team caused the peloton to snap, leaving many riders adrift.
Peter Sagan took advantage of a lull in the front group in the closing kilometers to cross the line ahead of Mirco Lorenzetto and Alejandro Valverde.
Alberto Contador retained the yellow jersey, but Valverde got a time bonus for a podium finish and moved to within 20 seconds of the lead.
Kevin Pietersen believes he has finally ironed out the technical flaws that plagued his preparations for the first Test against Bangladesh.
First-time Captain Alastair Cook scored an imperious 158 not out as England punished the Tigers on the opening day in Chittagong, cruising to 374-3 after being asked to bat first.
But potentially more important was the 99 that heralded Pietersen's the return to form. He had made just 69 in his previous seven innings but looked close to top form.
Peter O'Curry scored two goals as St Benildus brushed aside St Declan's 2-16 to 1-4 to book their place in the Dublin Schools 'A' football final at Belfield yesterday.
Fearghal Duffy set up both goals and scored seven points.
Adam Caffrey's late penalty providing little consolation for the Cabra boys.
SCORERS -- St Benildus: P O'Curry 2-1, F Duffy 0-7 (0-4f), G Whelan 0-4 (1f), P Mannion, A McMahon, S Fitzsimons, C Egan 0-1 each. St Declan's: A Caffrey 1-2 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), J Bray, S Donnelly 0-1 each.
ST BENILDUS -- M O'Connor; D Quinn, A Clabby, K McGrath; A Carroll, S Fitzsimons, A Dolan; P O'Curry, C Egan; C Butler, F Duffy, A McMahon; G Whelan, P Mannion, S Butler. Subs: Darragh Byrne for Mannion (37), David Byrne for O'Curry (43), E Barber for Egan (45), B O'Rian for Duffy (51), C Naughton for Carroll (56)
ST DECLAN'S -- L Geelan; D Shiels, S Burke, A Kavanagh; A Kelly, S Bonfil, S Murray; R Mulvenney, J Bray; S O'Connor, A Caffrey, E Dillon; G Rooney, S Donnaghy, S Donnelly. Subs: D Mulligan for Shiels (39), C McHale for Murray (50).
REF -- D Deasy (Ballymun Kickhams).