Macklin thrilled with new deal
IRISH middleweight Matthew 'Mack the Knife' Macklin has inked a promotional deal with New York-based DiBella Entertainment.
The Birmingham-born fighter now joins a promotional stable which includes fellow Irish middleweight Andy Lee and Brian Vera, who are due to clash next month, Ronald Hearns and Peter Manfredo Jnr.
"I'm excited about the future and I feel that I am in very good hands with DiBella," said Macklin.
Meanwhile, the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) will hold Box-Offs next Wednesday to decide on four Irish places for the upcoming European Youth Championships, which begin at Dublin's City West Hotel on August 22.
The Youth Box-Offs will be run in conjunction with the Open Elite Unseeded Competition. The open will help the selection process for the 2011 AIBA World Senior Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Baku, Azerbaijan this autumn.
IRELAND'S Sinead Lohan yesterday strode impressively to her second ITF U-18 Circuit final on the trot.
The 16-year-old from Tramore wasted little time on court in the Grade 5 event at Cobh's Rushbrooke club, as she sent the No 3 seed, Britain's Sabrina Federici, packing on a 6-2 6-1 scoreline.
Lohan was always the steadier player from the back of the court, and her willingness to get to the net as often as possible succeeded in putting consistent pressure on her opponent.
Today, top seed Lohan, successful in last week's corresponding tournament at Dublin's Donnybrook club, takes on unseeded British player Ella Taylor, who clinched her final place when the No 8 seed, Greece's Dimitra Stavrianakou, retired when trailing 1-4 in the opening set.
Andrew Flintoff believes the current England Test side are better than his team which regained the Ashes in 2005.
The former all-rounder was the star of England's Ashes triumph over Australia in 2005 and played a major role when they won the urn in 2009.
Flintoff is convinced England can dominate world cricket like Australia and West Indies have done in the past. "England are the best team in the world already," he said. "Not just in ranking, but also in strength, they have got everything."
England will depose India as the number one team in the Test rankings if they are victorious in the third Test, which starts at Edgbaston next Wednesday. England lead the series 2-0 after destroying India at Trent Bridge.
Flintoff added: "This is a better side than the one we had in 2005. This side have a squad. The depth of it is incredible. In 2005 we had 11 players who had a memorable few weeks, but we never played together again."