Thursday 22 February 2018

Pacquiao clinches welterweight title

THOUSANDS taking refuge in temporary shelters in typhoon-ravaged central Philippines erupted in jubilation after Manny Pacquiao thumped American Brandon Rios to clinch the WBO welterweight crown in Macau.

Pacquiao, the only boxer to win world titles in eight weight divisions, comprehensively beat his younger and taller opponent.

The 34-year-old did all the hard work in the early rounds and was able to ease off as the final bell approached.


LIMERICK southpaw Andy Lee threw down the gauntlet to Matthew Macklin after demolishing Ferenc Hafner inside two rounds in Manchester on Saturday night.

Hafner went down under a left to the body in the first and the referee called a halt after Lee floored the Hungarian twice in the second.

The win improves Lee to 31 victories (22 KO's) from 33 outings and he is now setting his sights on Macklin to decide who is the best middleweight in Ireland, with the O2 in Dublin being considered as a possible venue for a March date.



IRELAND finished on top of the medals table at the 14-nation Elite Tammer Multi Nations in Finland.

London 2012 Olympian Darren O'Neill, Hugh Myers and Conrad Cummings claimed gold in Tampere, but George Bates controversially lost to France's Sofiane Oumiha.

Dean Gardiner and John Joe Joyce both won bronze, while Finland's Mira Potkonen secured gold after stopping Wei-Hsien Lee of Chinese Taipei in the first. Potkonen meets Katie Taylor at the Ballywaltrim Community Centre in Bray on Saturday night.

Irish Independent

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