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Tyson: Turn pro Katie!

BOXING: Former World Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has told Irish Olympic sensation Katie Taylor she should go professional.

Speaking at Thomond Park in Limerick last night, the controversial fighter urged Taylor to abandon plans to retain her Olympic gold medal in Rio.

“What’s the purpose of winning a gold medal? To have (it) and show it off? You need to go pro and win a belt,” he said.

Tyson was the undisputed Heavyweight champion of the world, but in 1992 he was convicted of rape and jailed for three years. After biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear, his career was ended by Monaghan fighter Kevin McBride.

Martin mountain man

CYCLING: Ireland’s Dan Martin has climbed into the lead in the King of the Mountains competition on stage two of the Tour of Beijing.

Aggressive riding by Martin saw the Garmin Sharp rider pull away from the lead group on the ascent of Gao Ya Ku and take maximum points on the first mountain of the five-day World Tour race.

Dockrell picks up gong

CRICKET: George Dockrell has been named International Player of the Year at the annual Cricket Writers of Ireland awards dinner in Malahide.

The 20-year-old Leinster spinner claimed 37 wickets for Ireland in 2012 at an average of 14.2, established himself at Somerset and became the most economical Twenty20 bowler in the world.

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