Friday 24 November 2017

Boxing: World Boxing chief announces investigation into Bradley win over Pacquiao

WORLD Boxing Organisation president Francisco Valcarcel has announced an investigation into Timothy Bradley's controversial win over Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas last weekend.

Bradley emerged victorious via split decision, with two judges awarding him the fight 115-113 and a third scoring 115-113 for Pacquiao, despite widespread opinion that the Filipino was a clear winner.

In a statement on the WBO's website, Valcarcel said: "(The WBO), through its Championships Committee, will evaluate the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, which ended in a controversial result."

The obvious conclusion of the WBO would be to order an immediate rematch, which would be unnecessary given that Pacquiao already had a rematch clause in his contract, and public opinion would demand it anyway.

Hockey

The soccer match in Gdansk will not be the only Spain v Ireland fixture on today, WRITES David Medcalf. The hockey teams from the two nations also meet at the Complejo de Municipal de Deportes de la Albericia in Santander (12.45).

While Spain are preparing to compete at the Olympic Games, the Irish have the more modest Celtic Cup in Hillsborough at the end of the month to look forward to.

Today's game is the second of a series of three Tests, with Spain already one up. The hosts gained some revenge for defeat during the European championships in Germany last summer as they won by the odd goal in three on Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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