PAUL McCloskey, a spectacular knockout winner over Giuseppe Lauri last month in defence of his European light-welterweight title, has been ordered to give the Italian a rematch.
Lauri complained that he was gesturing to touch gloves when southpaw McCloskey caught him off-guard with a swift right hook, but the man from Dungiven, Co Derry, did nothing illegal.
McCloskey's trainer, John Breen, says there's no problem about fighting Lauri again, even if it seems unnecessary. Purse bids for the return must be in by September 11.
Klitschko seems in no hurry to hit the Haye
DAVID Haye's much-hyped showdown with Wladimir Klitschko won't happen this year.
The Ukrainian has agreed to defend his IBF heavyweight title against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in Frankfurt on September 18.
Haye, who holds the WBO title, will probably settle for an undemanding defence against fellow Londoner Audley Harrison. That's pencilled in for November 13.
Tyson unleashes his Fury on McDermott
TYSON Fury, a controversial points winner over John McDermott for the English heavyweight title last September, made sure there would be no arguments after last weekend's return match.
Manchester's Fury, whose father was born in Tuam, Co Galway, pounded McDermott to the canvas three times before the referee called a halt in the ninth round.
Quote of the week
"I knew Julio was a tough fighter. But, as you try and make your career, you take on certain stages. We took him into deep water and, yes, he can swim"
-- John Duddy, graciously accepting his unanimous points defeat by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr