Sunday 25 June 2017

In brief: Lee looking for rematch with Vera

Boxing

Andy Lee wants a rematch with Texan middleweight Bryan Vera following his convincing victory over Memphis-based Alex 'The Technician' Bunema in Chicago on Wednesday night.

Lee claimed the vacant North American NABF and NABA titles from the main event of the evening after winning all 10 rounds en route to a 100-90 unanimous decision on all three judges' cards.

The win was Lee's 26th victory from 27 fights since he turned pro in 2006. The 2004 Olympian could now face the winner of the WBC World middleweight title fight between Mexico's Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and German Sebastian Zbik. However, Lee wants a rematch with Vera -- the only man to have beaten him in the pro ranks -- before a World title tilt.

"That's the fight I want first, I want revenge and then we'll concentrate on a World title," said Lee.

Meanwhile, the National Junior Championships begin at the National Stadium in Dublin tonight.

Cycling

Mark Cavendish gave two fingers to the rest of the peloton at the end of stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia in Ravenna yesterday, although this time around it was to signal his second stage win of the three-week tour.

The Manx man then announced that he was withdrawing immediately to concentrate on his Tour de France preparations.

The controversial Cavendish found himself in hot water at the Tour of Romandie last year when he gave two fingers to his critics, especially "journalists and commentators who know jack s**t about cycling" after winning stage two of the Swiss tour.

Race leader Alberto Contador and Irishman Philip Deignan were both held up by a crash in the final two kilometres of the stage, but lost no time on general classification. Contador leads the Giro by 59 seconds.

Cricket

Eoin Morgan yesterday staked a strong claim for a Test spot as he hit an unbeaten 156 for the England 'A' Lions against Sri Lankan.

The Dubliner, playing his first first-class match of the year after a slightly disappointing stint in the Indian Premier League, shared an unbroken double-century stand with Samit Patel in a Lions total of 394-4 on the first day of four at Derby.

Ravi Bopara -- Morgan's main rival for the No 6 berth vacated by the retired Paul Collingwood -- made just 17 and could have been out on two other occasions. England name their team on Sunday for next week's first Test against Sri Lanka in Cardiff.

Motorsport

Fernando Alonso committed the rest of his Formula One career to his 'second family' Ferrari yesterday after the Italian glamour team said he would be staying until at least the end of 2016.

The Spaniard, who won his titles with Renault in 2005 and '06, is in his second season with the sport's oldest and most successful outfit.

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