Saturday 24 June 2017

In brief: Haye and Klitschko agree to title fight

Boxing

After months of bitter wrangling, David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko have signed contracts to confirm the most significant heavyweight unification contest for almost a decade.

The meeting, which in recent months looked destined for the scrap-heap amid acrimony and a battle of egos, is due to take place in Germany on June 25 or July 2 and is expected to gross £40m.

"I always believed we'd one day fight and I'm glad we've cut through the nonsense and put together the most important fight in the heavyweight division," said Haye.

BELFAST super-bantamweight Carl Frampton and Cork-based Cuban heavyweight Mike 'The Rebel' Perez both maintained their unbeaten runs in the UK at the weekend. Frampton, who is managed by Barry McGuigan, stretched his unbeaten run to nine after Venezuelan Oscar Chacin was retired in the fourth round with a cut near his left eye in Huddersfield on Saturday. Perez extended his undefeated run to 13 with a points win over Belgian Ismail Abdoul in Yorkshire on Friday night.

Basketball

With UL Eagles clinching the Southern Conference and Belfast Star claiming the final play-off place, the play-off picture is now clear after the final regular games of the season.

DCU Saints will host Bord Gais Neptune in their quarter-final, while UCC Demons will boast home advantage in their clash with Belfast Star.

Northern Conference champions Killester progress straight into the semi-finals with home advantage, while UL Eagles can also look forward to a home semi-final.

The Limerick men secured their place with a 105-71 home win over Ulster Elks on Friday and finished top, despite losing 86-81 to UCC Demons yesterday.

Star reached the play-offs despite losing their derby to Elks (96-84) yesterday and 75-72 to Neptune on Saturday, but UCD Marian's failure to beat Killester saw the Ulster side set up a date with the Demons.

In the Women's Superleague, Dynamos face a massive test when they face UL in their semi-final while DCU Mercy travel to Cork to face Team Montenotte Hotel. The Limerick women had points to spare when they beat the Dubliners 99-49 on Saturday night, while the Leesiders finished the regular season with a 76-53 win over Waterford Wildcats.

Table Tennis

John Murphy and Ashley Givan were crowned national champions in their respective men's and women's singles events at the Butterfly National Senior championships which took place in the Alsaa Sports Complex, Dublin, over the weekend.

In the men's singles final, Irish No 1 Murphy overcame Ashley Robinson by four games to one to claim a historic fourth national title. In the women's singles final, Givan defied the odds to defeat Irish No 1 Amanda Mogey on 4-1.

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