Cleverly eyes Hopkins bout
BOXING: Promoter Frank Warren hopes to set Nathan Cleverly up with a big summer bout against Bernard Hopkins in Cardiff.
Cleverly enjoyed a superb homecoming on Saturday night as he outclassed American Tommy Karpency to retain his WBO light-heavyweight crown.
The winner of the April 28 WBC title clash between Chad Dawson and Hopkins is now top of the agenda, while Warren also hopes the Welshman will defend his belt in London, also on April 28. Warren said: “Nathan is coming on in leaps and bounds and all our attention will now turn to April 28 and the Bernard Hopkins v Chad Dawson fight, then we will make
a big decision about a fight in the summer.”
Quartet bound for Olympics
EQUESTRIAN: Ireland now seems certain to have two show jumping riders and two eventing riders in unassailable positions to secure qualification slots for the 2012 Olympics.
Billy Twomey and Denis Lynch have secured two Olympic show jumping places following the World Cup event in Gothenburg at the weekend, while following competition in Ballindenisk, Co Cork yesterday, Camilla Speirs and Mark Kyle secured enough points to guarantee qualification.
Michael Ryan is also on course to secure a third spot in eventing.
Kingdom crew claim opener
MOTORSPORT: The opening round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship was won by the Kerry crew of Thomas Fitzmaurice/Fionn Foley in a Subaru WRC.
In an absorbing tussle through all nine stages of the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel Rally, they finished 17 seconds ahead of the Cork/Mayo combination of Brian O’Mahony/John Higgins, also in a Subaru WRC.
Monaghan’s, Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru WRC) were third – 44 seconds further adrift.