Monday 23 October 2017

In brief: Mayweather overcomes Maidana in Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, connects with a right to the head of Marcos Maidana, from Argentina, in their WBC-WBA welterweight title boxing fight in Las Vegas
Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, connects with a right to the head of Marcos Maidana, from Argentina, in their WBC-WBA welterweight title boxing fight in Las Vegas

Boxing: Undefeated welterweight Floyd Mayweather did all his hard work in the second half of the bout to overcome a stiff challenge from the fast-starting Marcos Maidana and unify two world titles in Las Vegas.

At the end of 12 bruising rounds, American Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) was awarded a majority decision victory, adding the hard-hitting Argentinian's World Boxing Association belt to his World Boxing Council title.

For the first few rounds it looked as if Mayweather was in serious danger of losing against a blizzard of punches.

By the middle rounds, however, Mayweather had started to assert control, picking up points with his jab as Maidana sought to bulldoze his way in close.

One judge ruled the fight a 114-114 draw with the other two scoring the bout 117-111 and 116-112 in Mayweather's favour.

The victory sets Mayweather up for either a possible rematch with Maidana or a showdown against Britain's Amir Khan, who defeated Luis Collazo by unanimous decision on the undercard.

OLYMPIC champion Katie Taylor completed a hat-trick of wins in Munster at the weekend ahead of her European title defence in Romania.

The Bray lightweight beat Kristin Carlson of the USA at the Dungarvan Sports Centre on Saturday night.

The durable Chicago schoolteacher took a standing count off a flashing combination in the third round en route to dropping a unanimous decision. Taylor, who beat Croatia's Marija Petric and Switzerland's Anais Kistler in Cork last Thursday and Friday, will take part in training camp with the Irish Elite side in Halle, Germany, later this month.

Cricket

Andy Balbirnie scored an unbeaten century in Milverton as Leinster Lightning were awarded a 19-run D/L over the North-West Warriors in their opening Newstalk InterPro encounter.

The former Ireland U-19 captain, who is contracted by Middlesex, blazed his way to 103 not out off as many balls before rain ended the game with Lightning 254-7 from 38 overs in reply to the visitors' 285-4.

Lightning were reeling on 46-4 when opener Balbirnie was joined by Kevin O'Brien and the fifth-wicket pair wrestled control with a record partnership worth 187 in only 21.2 overs.

George Dockrell, making his debut for Lightning, warmed up for tomorrow's one-day international against Sri Lanka at Clontarf with a tidy spell of nine overs for 45 runs on an excellent batting pitch at The Hills.

Meanwhile, Ireland's women lost to Lancashire by six wickets in their opening county championship match.

Motor Sport

Monaghan pair Sam Moffett and James O'Reilly were the delighted winners of the Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes in Killarney over the weekend, bringing their Ford Fiesta WRC to victory by almost three minutes after a day of drama.

Donegal cousins Declan and Brian Boyle led Donagh Kelly and Kevin Flanagan by eight seconds on Saturday night. Two stages later, they had added two seconds to their advantage, but their Impreza crashed off the road and out of the rally on yesterday's third stage at Lough Allua, leaving Kelly with a commanding margin of 50 seconds over Moffett.

With another two stages completed, Moffett had halved his deficit, and then Kelly also went off the road on the second run through Fuhiry, handing Moffett and O'Reilly their second International win on a plate.

Corkman David Moynihan won the European Historic Championship qualifying round in his Escort.

Hockey

Surprise packets Ireland had to be content with silver after losing the final of the Champions Challenge to their bogey side USA in Glasgow.

Darren Smith's team caused an upset when they beat Korea in Saturday's semi-final and another shock looked on the cards when they took the lead against the Americans.

Emma Smyth scored a brilliant goal from the opening penalty corner, but the USA responded well, going ahead with a couple of quickfire goals just before half-time.

They added a third on the resumption and, though briefly reduced to nine players for a while with two in the sin-bin, held off the tiring Irish.

Earlier, Ireland's men finished their Champions Challenge without medals, consigned to fourth place in Kuantan by host side Malaysia.

Tennis

Novak Djokovic has not managed to shake off an arm injury and has been forced to pull out of this week's Madrid Open Masters event, the Serbian world No 2 said yesterday.

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