Sunday 22 April 2018

Quigley considers six-round debut

Boxing

JASON QUIGLEY may opt for a six-rounder for his first professional fight under Oscar De La Hoya's banner this summer, WRITES BERNARD O'NEILL.

The Irish middleweight, who is signed with De La Hoya's Golden Boy stable, is set to make his pro debut at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on July 12.

The Donegal orthodox will meet an opponent to be confirmed on the Erislandy Lara versus Saul Alvarez undercard in Nevada.

Usually, pro boxers debut over four rounds, but Quigley might opt for a six-rounder as he has fought in the World Series of Boxing (WSB)

WSB fights, which are scored to pro boxing rules, are over five rounds.

Andy Murray made the perfect start to his claycourt campaign with a battling victory over Nicolas Almagro in the second round of Mutua Madrid Open.

The Scot, who had a first-round bye, had to hang tough in the deciding set on his way to a 6-1 1-6 6-4 victory over the world No 24.

Murray, who is still searching for a coach to replace Ivan Lendl, next meets Colombia's Santiago Giraldo.

It was a very tough draw for the Wimbledon champion, who was playing his first match in a month.

It was Murray's first win over a Spaniard on clay since beating Tommy Robredo here in 2009 and arguably one of the best of his career on the red stuff.

Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas has revealed he is considering his future after receiving offers from several teams for next year.

The Welshman is out of contract with Sky in December, and while the British team is keen to keep him, Thomas said many others have also been in touch.

"There's been a lot of interest – a lot of teams are keen," Thomas said. "I'm obviously speaking to Sky at the moment and I think it should be sorted this week with where I go."

Thomas, a double Olympic gold medallist, has developed from a track star to a road cyclist through the close links between British Cycling and Team Sky, but must now consider where he wants to focus his attention in the future.

"Obviously Sky is a great team but I think it's good to have a look at other teams and what they have to offer," Thomas added.

Irish Independent

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