PHILIPPINE PUG TAPALES TO FACE ARGENTINE FOE
FILIPINO super flyweight boxer Marlon Tapales (21-2 win-loss with eight knockouts) will face Carlos Ruben Dario Ruiz (16W-2L, 10 KO’s) of Argentina in a 12-round non-title bout on May 26 in Kanazawa, Japan.
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DJOKOVIC, SERENA WIN IN ROME
ROME: Two-time Rome masters champion Novak Djokovic began his campaign for a hat-trick trophy with a 70-minute, 6-2, 6-3 win over Albert Montanes which was wrapped up with an ace. Among the women, Briton Laura Robson was no match for world number one Serena Williams, who advanced 6-2, 6-2 in their second round meeting—their first career encounter. Robson beat the American’s sister Venus in the previous round but was unable to pull off another surprise as Serena moved to a meeting with either Melanie Oudin or Dominika Cibulkova in round three.
INJURED HAYE PULLS OUT OF COMEBACK FIGHT
LONDON: David Haye’s hopes of reestablishing himself as a heavyweight title contender suffered a setback on Tuesday after the former WBA champion withdrew Tuesday from a bout next month with Manuel Charr because of a hand injury. This setback damaged Haye’s hopes facing either one of brothers Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko, who hold all of the recognized world titles in the heavyweight division.
GUERRERO FIREARM POSSESSION CHARGE DROPPED
NEW YORK CITY: Boxer Robert Guerrero, coming off a loss 10 days ago to unbeaten Floyd Mayweather, had all firearm possession charges against him dropped on Tuesday in a New York State Supreme Court hearing. Guerrero was arrested March 28 for allegedly trying to take a handgun on a plane to Las Vegas at John F. Kennedy Airport. At the hearing, Guerrero pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was fined $250 as well as ordered to perform 50 hours of community service, which he will be allowed to do in his home state of California.
ORIOLES SEND TAIWAN’S CHEN TO DISABLED LIST
BALTIMORE, Maryland: Baltimore Orioles left-handed pitcher Chen Wei-Yin of Taiwan was placed on Major League Baseball’s 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a strained right oblique. The injury forced Chen to depart Sunday’s American League game against the Minnesota Twins after throwing five shutout innings. So far this season, the 27-year-old Asian hurler is 3-3 with a 3.04 earned-run average over his first eight starts this season.