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Pay blow adds to Thiam woes Moore must Wolak the talk with Pole

NOT ONLY had he to endure the pain from Andy Lee's crisp punches, but Mamadou Thiam went home to France without being paid.

Mel Christle, president of the Boxing Union of Ireland, said his purse was being withheld until the results of medical tests on the former European light-middleweight champion's back are known on Tuesday.

Thiam retired after two rounds of last weekend's bout in Limerick, claiming he had injured his back when he fell to the floor in the opening session. He apologised to the fans for not giving them a show.

Lee was happy to get the stoppage win, although he said he would have liked to get in a few more rounds, but it was too short to prove that he has shaken off his recent indifferent form.

Promoter Brian Peters hopes to entice Londoner Darren Barker to defend his European middleweight title against Lee in Limerick later in the year, but he's going to have to dig deep into his coffers to pull it off.

Minister's tale of 'Champ' a winner

MINISTER for Foreign Affairs Micheal Martin told an amusing story about his ex-boxer father at the opening of the Fighting Irishmen exhibition at Croke Park.

His dad was known to everyone as 'The Champ' and when young Micheal went canvassing in Cork for the first time, all everyone asked him was: 'Aren't you The Champ's son?'

"I got more votes on that account than I did for the policies I was presenting," he said with a laugh. Still, his old man must have been a useful fighter. He held a victory over Joe Bygraves, who went on to become British Empire heavyweight champion.

Moore must Wolak the talk with Pole

ARKLOW'S James Moore has a tough task ahead when he faces Polish-American Pawel Wolak at New York's Yankee Stadium on June 5.

Wolak is a former world amateur bronze medallist and has won all but one of his 27 fights. Moore is 17-2, with 10 stoppages.

Quote of the week

"I'm really devastated to be missing out, but the hand injury is pretty bad. We were all packed up and ready to go, but this is boxing and these things happen"

-- Wayne McCullough on his reason for pulling out of next weekend's Prizefighter tournament in London.