Eamonn Loughran turns down fight with Pernell Whitaker


Eamonn Loughran has turned down a unification fight with the World Council welterweight champion, Pernell Whitaker, because a dispute over of the timing of the fight and the purse. Loughran will now have two defences under the new deal struck between Barry Hearn and ITV: his rematch against Angel Beltre, of the Dominican Republic, in Belfast on 7 October, then his mandatory commitment against the official leading contender, Mexico's Jose Lewis Lopez, in December.