Boxing: Langleys fight for Cuba match places

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The Langley twins, Darren and Stewart, will fight tonight in Liverpool in the finals of the annual Four-Nations Tournament for the dubious right to box against Cuba on 8 April.

The Langley twins, Darren and Stewart, will fight tonight in Liverpool in the finals of the annual Four-Nations Tournament for the dubious right to box against Cuba on 8 April.

Light-flyweight Darren received a bye in last night's semi-final and will meet Ireland's Conor Ahern tonight.

At flyweight Stewart was simply too seasoned for Ireland's Carl Frampton and won their semi-final 26-11. Tonight Stewart will meet Welshman Mathew Edmonds.

Last Friday the Langley twins pulled off a unique family double when they won Amateur Boxing Association of England titles on the same night.

At bantamweight last night, England's Nick McDonald survived a difficult last round to beat the reigning Irish champion, David Joyce. Last week, in Dublin, Joyce won the Irish title and was voted best boxer of the tournament, but last night his slow start proved decisive and McDonald won with a score of 36-26.

In tonight's bantamweight final McDonald, who has suffered a broken hand, a series of blood disorders and a severe muscle tear to his shoulder during the last 18 months, will meet Scotland's James Ancliff.

All of tonight's 11 winners will be the automatic first choice for the first of two matches against the Cuban national team in April. The second match will be one week later on 15 April at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin.

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