Wednesday 19 June 2019

In brief: Boxing - Lee sets sights on Irish defence

Andy Lee (L) throws a left at Matt Korobov during their fight for a vacant WBO middleweight title at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Andy Lee (L) throws a left at Matt Korobov during their fight for a vacant WBO middleweight title at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
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Boxing: Andy Lee has thrown down the gauntlet to England’s Billy Joe Saunders and challenged him to try and take his belt away – in Ireland.

Lee claimed the WBO crown in Las Vegas on Saturday night after a stunning 6th round TKO of Russia’s Matt Korobov.

Saunders is the mandatory challenger for the belt after edging out Chris Eubank Junior on a split decision in the WBO eliminator last month.

But Lee insists that he’s the WBO top dog now and any defence will be on his terms.

“I’m champ, I’m not going outside of Ireland. He (Billy Joe) can come to me if he wants to fight me. That’s it, come try and take this belt away,” said the Limerick southpaw.

Cricket

Australia legend Jason Gillespie has called for Ireland to be elevated to Test-cricket status.

Gillespie (39), now head coach of Yorkshire, feels the ‘promotion’ would be a fitting reward for Ireland’s one-day internationals performance and would lift the entire cricketing world.

“One fantastic way to give Test cricket a lift straight away would be to give Ireland Test status,” said Gillespie. “It is something that should happen sooner rather than later.

“Imagine if Ireland were given Test status. That would be huge news in world cricket, and it would be a massive positive story for the world game. Ireland are ticking all the boxes.”

Rugby

COLAISTE CHILL MHANTAIN 32

DUNDALK GRAMMAR  24

Left wing Cal Connolly’s pair of timely tries took Colaiste Chill Mhantain into a lead they never lost to beat Dundalk Grammar in the Leinster Schools Senior Development Cup final replay at Donnybrook yesterday.

CCM: R O’Toole; S Humby, B Fleming, S Acres, C Connolly; A Porter, M O’Reilly; S Nixon, A Byrne, T Rahill, T Maguire, D Kavanagh, D Nicholson, R Mannion, F Ward (capt). Replacements: J O’Neill for Kavanagh, C Ballesty for Maguire both ht; D Jameson-Whoriskey for Acres 51 mins; T Maguire for Byrne 56 mins R Pedreschi for Connolly 61 mins.

Dundalk: C Lawson; C Quinn, C Jones, E O’Malley (capt), J Torris; O Duff, R O’Reilly; J McParland, A Williams, C McCoy, J Campbell, O McMahon, J Shiel, R Cousins, S McGivern. Replacement: S Fitzpatrick for McMahon 55 mins.

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