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Boxing: Fireworks on menu for St Patrick's Day

LOU DI BELLA believes that Ireland's Matthew Macklin and Sergio Martinez won't have to go looking for each other at Madison Square Garden (MSG) on March 17.

Argentina-born Martinez, a veteran of 52 fights, 48 of which he has won, puts his WBC Diamond belt on the line against Macklin on St Patrick's Day.

Speaking at yesterday's press conference at MSG to confirm the fight, New York promoter Di Bella reckoned the top rated middleweights will "try to take each other's heads off."

Limerick southpaw Andy Lee will be trading leather on the MSG undercard against an opponent to be confirmed and looks primed to get a shot at the victor from the main event of the night.


Exiled brothers Phelie and Michael Maguire are back in Dublin and back with Three Rock Rovers for the club's indoor campaign, WRITES DAVID MEDCALF.

With hockey on the Continent taking its annual winter break, the pair are free to return to their roots. Phelie potted five goals in three matches last weekend as Rovers progressed with ease to the play-offs of the indoors, which begin on Saturday.

The Irish international has been enjoying life in the Dutch league, helping to keep Hurley of Amsterdam clear of the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, sibling Michael has been in Brussels toiling with Uccle, who are propping up the league table in Belgium.

Reigning champions Three Rock have been drawn with Clontarf and freshly crowned Ulster indoor champions Cookstown.


ROBERT Kubica has suffered another setback in his attempt to return to Formula 1 after breaking his right leg in an accident at his house in Italy.

It is the same leg he broke in a high-speed rally crash almost a year ago. The Pole needs an operation to have a metal screw inserted and then faces a month in plaster.

He is said to have lost his footing on a patch of ice in the garden of his house.

Kubica missed the whole of the 2011 season following a crash during the first stage of the Ronde di Andora rally in February. He is now out of contract with his former team Renault, who have changed their name to Lotus this season.


Limerick rugby was in mourning last night following the death of Ireland and Lions star Colm Tucker.

Aged 59, Tucker was one of the outstanding wing-forwards of his era and he helped Shannon to win the Munster Senior Cup six times. His first game for Ireland was against France at Lansdowne Road in january 1979.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine, sons Colm and Richard and by his daughter Rachel.

Irish Independent