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Saturday 21 October 2017

Hyland eyeing 'world title shot' after victory

BOXING: Dubliner Patrick 'The Punisher' Hyland returned to the ring in style in New York on Wednesday night with an impressive stoppage win over Puerto Rico's Noel Echevarria.

The bout headlined promoter Lou DiBella's Broadway Boxing card at BB King's Blues club just off Times Square as Hyland put a frustrating 19 months of inactivity behind him. The Tallaght man had been on the sidelines due to contractual issues but quickly shook off any ring rust en route to a fourth-round win over Echevarria.

Hyland said: "I was feeling the rust after two rounds so I tried to relax and let the shots go.

"I'm happy with the four rounds and the win. I had to put on a performance for the New York fans and all the Irish here.

"I want to stay active and get another world title shot."

Manager Brian Peters said: "I know Lou has big plans for Patrick now, he got a great reaction in New York last night and we want to build on that. I'm sure it will only be a matter of time before he's knocking on the door of another World title shot."

Tyson vents Fury at Chisora

BOXING: Tyson Fury is adamant he will not step foot in the same ring as British heavyweight rival Dereck Chisora in future after the Londoner pulled out of their scheduled fight this Saturday.

The duo were set to settle their differences at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester this weekend, but Chisora pulled out of the rematch, which was billed as a final eliminator for the WBO title, on Monday.

While promoter Frank Warren insists Fury is contractually locked in to a rearranged date in October, the 6ft 9in Manchester fighter insists he wants to face WBC champion Bermane Stiverne if he gets past Chisora's stand-in opponent Alexander Ustinov.

"As far as I'm concerned Dereck Chisora is history - finished," Fury said.

"After I've done with this lummox in front of me (Ustinov) I want Bermane Stiverne for the WBC title.

"I'm not interested in Dereck Chisora, he ain't got enough credibility to lace my boots up, never mind step in the same ring. He's a s***house who dropped his b******s in training."

Murray to keep Mauresmo

Tennis: Andy Murray is set to continue his ground-breaking partnership with coach Amelie Mauresmo.

The pair initially teamed up just for the grass-court season but had talks immediately after Murray's quarter-final loss to Grigor Dimitrov at Wimbledon.

Murray had made it clear he would like to continue working with the Frenchwoman, having enjoyed the experience despite the disappointing end to his Wimbledon title defence.

But, with no confirmation forthcoming since the championships, doubts had begun to grow about whether they could agree a deal that suited both.

The key factor for Murray will have been the amount of time Mauresmo is prepared to travel with him.

But photographs from Murray's training camp in Miami showed Mauresmo with him and the rest of his team, indicating an announcement of an agreement is close.

It is understood that could come in the next few days as 
Murray builds up to his next tournament in Canada at the start of August.

Horsey makes hay in Moscow

Golf: A fine first round of 65 saw David Horsey sitting one shot clear of the field after the opening day of the M2M Russian Open.

The 29-year-old Englishman has two previous wins on the European Tour, with the last coming over three years ago in the Trophee Hassan II, and he started well to head the leaderboard at the Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club.

His seven under-par round leaves him one shot clear of Scottish duo Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford.

There are eight golfers tied in fourth place, one shot shy of the Scottish pair and two behind Horsey.

A couple of shots back were the best of the Irish - tied-for-15th Damien McGrane and Kevin Phelan with their three-under 69s - one shot ahead of Simon Thornton (-2) while David Higgins (+7) was well down the field.

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