Saturday 24 June 2017

In brief: Frampton eyes Casey's crown

Boxing

FORMER Irish senior champion Carl Frampton believes that he has what it take to dethrone newly crowned European super bantamweight champ Willie 'Big Bang' Casey.

Frampton watched Limerick southpaw Casey claim the vacant European belt with a fourth-round stoppage of Paul Hyland last Saturday.

The Ulster fighter, who is signed with Barry McGuigan's stable, praised Casey. However, the 2007 EU silver-medalist believes that Hyland got his tactics wrong. "I went to Limerick to study both boxers -- after all, there is a good chance I will be fighting one or both of them in the future," said Frampton.

"I saw a few things that I will work on in the gym, ways I think they can be exploited. I realise that Willie will probably be fighting Kiko Martinez next and I have my Celtic title fight with Gavin Reid on December 3 in the Ulster Hall to prepare for."

Casey will have his next outing at the Neptune Stadium in Cork on January 30.

Formula 1

Red Bull's owner Dietrich Mateschitz has stirred the pot ahead of Sunday's season finale in Abu Dhabi by saying he does not want his team to "manipulate things like Ferrari do."

The Austrian was referring to Ferrari's use of banned team orders at Hockenheim this summer when Felipe Massa was ordered to make way for Fernando Alonso.

Red Bull's pair of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel are eight and 15 points behind leader Alonso.

Mateschitz, claiming the moral high ground, is adamant his team will not impose orders on Vettel, saying: that any decision would be the German's alone.

Tennis

IRELAND'S Amy Bowtell reeled off two victories yesterday to clinch a main draw place in the ITF Women's Circuit event in Loughborough, England.

Bowtell opened with a 2-6 6-4 7-6 (11/9) win over fellow unseeded Samantha Murray, of Britain. And she followed up with a shock success over the No 4 seed, France's Jessica Ginier, on a 6-4 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (7/4) scoreline.

However, Bowtell's Fed Cup team-mate Julia Moriarty failed to make it to the third and final round of qualifying in the corresponding tournament in Esperance, Australia.

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