Boxing; Beltre covets Loughran's world belt
Saturday 07 October 1995
Eamonn Loughran renews his rivalry with Angel Beltre at the Ulster Hall in Belfast tonight, and plans to put the record straight after incurring a rare blot on his career against the Dominican Republic fighter four months ago.
A clash of heads, which left Beltre cut and unable to continue, brought a belated "no contest" decision. The World Organisation welterweight champion from Ballymena kept the title - won in October 1993 - but it was an unsatisfactory night's work and he relishes the chance to win cleanly and clearly in this ordered rematch, his fifth defence.
At 25, Loughran, who weighed in at 10st 6lb 2oz, believes he has the strength and experience to start setting his sights on better-known champions in other divisions. "I feel I'm ready to move on to bigger things," he declared. "This will be a stepping stone after I've put the record straight."
Beltre, at 10st 5lb 8oz, believes he was doing well enough in the first fight to be confident about the return. "I'm going to be a lot more careful this time because he is so dangerous with his head. I don't think he will be able to do the same thing again," he said.
Latest in Sport
Aaron Hernandez: American Football in the dock as NFL star player's murderous double life is revealed
Chelsea vs Manchester United: With Carrick, Blind, Jones and Rojo missing, how should Louis van Gaal set his side up at Stamford Bridge?
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Why Blues are the least popular team in the league
Chelsea vs Manchester United combined XI: Thibaut Courtois or David De Gea? Juan Mata or Willian? Who makes our team?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Where are the tickets for the fight?
- 1 Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
- 2 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 3 US? China? India? The 10 biggest economies in 2030 will be...
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
£16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Chiropractic Assistant is needed in a ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides coaching ...
£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...