Graduating De Guzman vows to win NCAA title in for CSB

first_imgTristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJohnvic De Guzman is in his last year at College of St. Benilde and the graduating Blazer is hellbent on leaving the school a champion.He’s been one of NCAA’s most recognizable figures even becoming an actor at the end of 2016, but despite his popularity De Guzman has failed to win the big trophy.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnCSB swept the defending champions University of Perpetual Help Altas 25-17, 26-24, 25-17, to take a 1-0 advantage.De Guzman, who finished with 19 points, said he doesn’t see a fearsome Altas squad after they beat Perpetual in the playoff for the top seed at the beginning of the Final Four tournament. 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study LATEST STORIES 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next All that, though, could come to an end as De Guzman and the Blazers are a win away from winning the title in the NCAA Season 92 men’s volleyball tournament.“I’ll make sure to get it this time, this is my last playing year and I won’t leave my school without getting the championship,” said De Guzman Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new ground Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Blazers dominate Altas in NCAA Finals opener Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member “Since beating them for the no.1 spot, I don’t see an intimidating team,” said De Guzman. “And all I can think of during the game was they won’t get a set against us.”And if his status as a showbiz personality could benefit the team, De Guzman is certain it actually helped them to get more supporters.“I think being an actor helps because we attracted more fans and they even support the volleyball team,” said De Guzman.ADVERTISEMENT Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leytelast_img read more

Still no Cabinet decision on ‘Pharmagate’ findings

first_img… but Public Health Minister acted in good faith – Granger The Cabinet Council of Ministers, Chaired by President David Granger, has not met in two weeks; as such, no decision has been made with regards to the Sub-Committee’s recommendations to renegotiate a contract between the Public Health Ministry and Linden Holdings Inc for the storage of Government’s drugs and medical supplies.The Head of State made this pronouncement on Thursday, when quizzed by Guyana Times for an update on any decisions made.The President said he did not want to pre-empt the collective decision of the Cabinet, save to say that, “we know there was an error of judgment.”According to President Granger, “we believe that the Minister operated in good faith… He received information which quite possibly was inaccurate.”Pressed on any decisions by Cabinet, Granger explained that over the past two weeks, there have been no meetings of the highest decision-making forum of the Executive, since “the Cabinet Secretary and other people had to do work in other places.”Government is still functioning, according to the Head of State, who sought to assure that despite not meeting, “Cabinet is still functioning and the matter (drug bond brouhaha) will come up again when we meet on the (September) 6th.”He told Guyana Times however that, “As far as we are concerned the investigative process is at an end and we want to make sure there is no re-occurrence…that’s just all I can say at this stage.”The Cabinet Sub-Committee that was appointed by the President has completed their report following their investigations, which have since been handed over.That body was chaired by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and included Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.That Cabinet Sub-Committee report has recommended that the agreement to pay Linden Holdings Inc in excess of $12.5 million to rent its Sussex Street property to be used to store Government’s drugs and medical supplies, be re-negotiated.The matter came to the fore on August 8, when the National Assembly considered advances made from the Contingencies Fund in addition to a request to access the coffers for more money.It was during the consideration of the papers that it was discovered that Government had in fact already paid over $25 million to Linden Holdings Inc – the exact amount the company paid for the Sussex Street property just days before.Linden Holdings Inc has as its principal shareholder Larry Singh – a prominent supporter of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR); the party making up the largest bloc of the coalition the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).Linden Holding’s Inc has its registered office in Middle Street, Georgetown, in the same building that housed the Sidewalk Café and owned by Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes. Its bond is located at 69 Sussex Street, Albouystown.The agreement has come in for increased scrutiny with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo recently labelling the entire affair as a “corrupt act” which is only being covered up by the Granger appointed sub-committee.Among the recommendations made by the sub-committee is the renegotiating of the contract in order to secure a lower price for the facility, since it was found that a similar facility could be obtained at a cheaper rate.The sub-committee had also recommended that Cabinet terminate the contract should Singh’s Linden Holdings Inc refuse but this will require one year notice being issued to Singh.Another of the recommendations made was for the Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton to issue a public apology, which he has since done.Dr Norton met with media operatives on Friday last, and apologised for telling the National Assembly that New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (NEW GPC INC) had been paid in excess of $19 million for the rental of its drug bond and that drugs had already been stored at the controversial Sussex Street property.According to Dr Norton, ever since August 8, 2016, “I have come to the firm position that the answer given to the questions related to NEW GPC and the storage of drugs at the bond at 29 Sussex Street, were not accurate and these were based on information provided to me; in the circumstances, I wish to express my sincere and profound regret to his Excellency, Brigadier David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana; Honourable Dr Barton Scotland, Speaker of the National Assembly; Prime Minister Mr Moses Nagamootoo and my parliamentary colleagues of the APNU/AFC; members of the parliamentary Opposition and all others who were present or were able to observe the process of the consideration of the estimates.”According to Dr Norton, “as Minister of Public Health I know that the high standard of duty and care is expected of me and the staff of the Ministry of Public Health, so I take full responsibility for this unfortunate episode and give my full commitment that it will not re-occur.”last_img read more

Exclusive – Former Hammer tells West Ham: Make Premier League star your No.1 target

first_imgDean Ashton has told new West Ham manager Slaven Bilic to make QPR’s Charlie Austin his number one transfer target.The Rs striker is expected to leave Loftus Road this summer, following a stellar season for Chris Ramsey’s side.Newcastle are the front-runners to land the 25-year-old but Ashton has told former club West Ham to steal a march on their Premier League rivals.“If it was me [at West Ham], I’d go out straight away and put the money down for Charlie Austin,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“He’s scored 18 goals in a team that was struggling. I know what it’s like to play in teams where you’re not playing every week, and it’s tough.“You only get few chances and he’s so clinical.”last_img

Iran vows to help establish security in Iraq, boost bilateral ties

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran – Iraq’s prime minister made his first official visit to Iran on Tuesday, asking Tehran to prevent al-Qaida militants from slipping across the border to carry out attacks, an Iraqi official said. Iran’s president promised to help Iraq establish security. The visit by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reflected the complex relationship between mostly Shiite Iran and Iraq’s government, dominated by Shiite allies of Tehran. Ties have grown stronger between the two, including new oil cooperation. But at the same time, the United States – the Iraqi government’s other top ally – has repeatedly accused Iran of interfering in Iraqi politics and allowing insurgents to cross the porous 1,000-mile border, claims Iran denies. Haidar al-Obadi, a parliament member from al-Maliki’s Dawa Party, said “there are al-Qaida members and al-Qaida strongholds in Iran.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsHe said the militants have been “taking advantage of the long border” to smuggle weapons and people into Iraq “most likely without the Iranian government’s knowledge.” “We ask Iran for cooperation in controlling the border to prevent any al-Qaida exploitation of the border,” he told The Associated Press in Cairo, speaking in a telephone interview from Baghdad. Tehran says it has no interest in fomenting instability across the border. Iran says that some al-Qaida operatives may have illegally passed through Iran from Afghanistan months before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but it says it has arrested an unknown number of them. Al-Qaida’s branch in Iraq has carried out some of the most brutal suicide attacks against Iraqi Shiites. Al-Maliki, who lived in Iran during part of a long exile from Iraq during the rule of ousted leader Saddam Hussein, received a red-carpet reception at the presidential palace before talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Asked at a joint press conference following their talks about allegations that Iran was interfering in Iraq, al-Maliki said, “There is no obstacle in the way of implementing agreements between Iran and Iraq.” “All our assistance to the Iraqi people will be to establish complete security in this country,” Ahmadinejad said, according to a state-run news agency report of the press conference. “Iran and Iraq enjoy historical relations. These relations go beyond from neighborly ties. Our relations will remain excellent. “We consider Iraq’s progress, independence and territorial integrity as our own,” Ahmadinejad said. Ahmadinejad also said Iran hoped the United States will leave Iraq soon. “This trip will strengthen bilateral relations. Iran and Iraq, as two brotherly neighbors, will stand by each other and unwanted guests (U.S.-led coalition forces) will leave the region,” he said. Al-Maliki described the talks as “very constructive” and called Iran “a very important country, a good friend and brother.” Since Saddam Hussein’s fall in 2003, Iraq has sought closer ties with Iran and to heal scars left by the 1980-88 war that killed more than 1 million people on both sides. Al-Maliki’s Shiite-led government has strong ties with mainly Shiite Iran, and they are growing even closer, with Baghdad sealing deals last month for Tehran to provide it with gasoline, kerosene and cooking fuel amid a shortage in Iraq. Al-Maliki spent years in Iran and Syria in exile. An Iraqi economic delegation visited Iran just before al-Maliki to discuss further petroleum deals, including the possibility of Iranian investment in Iraq’s fuel sector, said Haidar al-Obadi, another Dawa party parliamentarian. In July 2005, former Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari made the first visit to Iran by an Iraqi premier since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam. — Associated Press Writer Qassem Abdul-Zahra in Cairo contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea starlet Tammy Abraham happy with England despite interest from Nigeria

first_imgTammy Abraham admits he is flattered by Nigeria’s interest but vowed to stay focused on the England Under-21s.The striker is expected to spearhead the Young Lions’ attack when they travel to Andorra on Tuesday to continue their Euro 2019 qualifying campaign.Abraham scored and grabbed an assist in Friday’s 3-1 win over Scotland Under-21s having already denied he was planning to switch allegiances to Nigeria.Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd is wary of losing his players, with Sheyi Ojo and Dominic Solanke also eligible for Nigeria, but Abraham remains happy with England.“There are a lot of things going on and for me that is a sign you are doing something right, if Nigeria are fighting for you and England want you as well,” said Swansea’s on-loan Chelsea forward. “I’m happy right now and I just want to keep playing my football. Nothing has happened (in terms of the Nigeria FA contacting). I’m not too sure what is going on.”And Abraham is ready to take on Andorra, who lost 6-0 to Ukraine last month, at the Estadi Comunal in Andorra la Vella.“We’re in control of the group but we can’t take our foot off the gas. We need to take confidence into every game and make sure we get the results we need,” he said. Tammy Abraham has scored three goals in nine games for England Under-21s 1last_img read more

Early team news for Man United fans ahead of the Liverpool game

first_img1 Ander Herrera is likely to partner Nemanja Matic in the middle of the pitch against Liverpool on Saturday.A knee ligament sprain Marouane Fellaini suffered playing for Belgium will keep him out for at least a couple of weeks and with Paul Pogba also sidelined, Herrera could get his chance having started just once in the Premier League this season.Belgium manager Roberto Martinez, though, said Romelu Lukaku is fit and available ahead of the nation’s final group game against Cyprus.“The reason [Lukaku] wasn’t in the squad in the previous game was because he wasn’t 100 per cent,” he said.“Now he is 100 per cent but we need to take into consideration that he has been with the group for only one session. He’s been working on an individual basis, really good work, but we need to keep that in mind.”Phil Jones is also likely to be available for the trip to Anfield.The defender had withdrawn from the England squad ahead of the matches against Slovenia and Lithuania as a precaution with a minor knee problem, but should be fit for Saturday, according to the Manchester Evening News.Goalkeeper David De Gea was rested for Spain’s 1-0 win against Israel and there are no other injury worries. Jose Mourinho will be glad to hear Romelu Lukaku has recovered last_img read more

Arsenal AGM: Sir Chips Keswick re-elected chairman despite fierce fan opposition

first_imggetty Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick and director Josh Kroenke have both been re-elected in their roles despite fierce opposition from fans at the club’s Annual General Meeting.Keswick, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and manager Arsene Wenger were in attendance as Gunners shareholders used Thursday’s AGM at the Emirates Stadium to voice their displeasure at the current board.READ MORE: ‘We are committed long-term’ – Stan Kroenke insists he has no plans to sell ArsenalIn move to show their unhappiness with the set-up, shareholders voted down two resolutions to re-elect Keswick and Kroenke Jr.The majority of around 200 shareholders present, with many left standing at the start as not enough chairs were provided, voted against the re-election of Keswick and Kroenke Jr to the board.But both men were re-elected anyway thanks to majority shareholder Stan Kroenke’s backing. The 70-year-old American businessman had already voted by proxy, with his 67 per cent holding swaying the vote.Poll votes took place in the room, but were defeated as both Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov – who owns more than 30 per cent of the club and has made noises about attempting to buy out Kroenke – voted in favour of the pair being re-elected.Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger commented on the voting and the difficulty he faces in keeping fans happy.He said: “I dedicate 99 per cent of my lifetime trying to make you happy. Looking at today, that is not easy. My determination is as strong as ever.”Earlier, Keswick defended the £2.6million pay-out to Gazidis, with shareholders questioning why his payment remained the same despite a poor season on the pitch.“Ivan is doing a fantastic and first-class job leading the development of this club across every aspect of its operations and is representing it in the Premier League, the European Club Association and UEFA level,” the 77-year-old said.“I would also add that it is important the remuneration of all the club’s management remains competitive in order to attract and retain talent. In this regard, our CEO’s pay is comparable to clubs of a similar stature.”The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust had issued a letter on the eve of the meeting urging shareholders to vote against the re-elections and in doing so, there was an hour-long process put in place as votes were cast.There have been protests against Kroenke’s ownership, including chants at recent games, as fans turn their angst away from Wenger and focus more towards the board – but Kroenke has said he is ”committed long-term” at the north London side. Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick with chief executive Ivan Gazidis center_img 1last_img read more

Benteke issues apology for ignoring team instructions after missed penalty

first_img Benteke has yet to score a goal in the 2017/18 season so far 1 Crystal Palace’s “pantomime villain” Christian Benteke has apologised to manager Roy Hodgson and his team-mates for ignoring instructions before missing a stoppage-time penalty against Bournemouth.Benteke wrestled the ball off regular penalty taker Luka Milivojevic – who had already converted a first-half spot-kick – only to see his effort saved by Asmir Begovic as Palace drew 2-2.Instead of securing a victory that could have taken Palace out of the Premier League’s relegation zone, the 27-year-old striker was booed off by the club’s supporters at the final whistle of a match that leaves them bottom.Hodgson revealed Benteke spoke to him on Monday morning before apologising to the Palace squad and the former England manager considers the matter over, even if the Belgian may have to fight to again win over the club’s fans.“The first opportunity this morning, he gets the players around, says his piece,” said Hodgson.“He’s already said it to me – that’s a strong and correct thing to do – and he makes it perfectly clear.“I took this responsibility. I shouldn’t have done because I’m breaking ranks, I’m not obeying team instructions, so I apologise for that, but I’m now going to get on with it’, and I’m pretty sure he’ll make it up to us.“I’m very happy with the way he’s reacted to it, the way he’s taken responsibility, the way he’s explained that to the rest of the team, not just to myself.“He’s had the courage to talk in front of the team and explain his decision and apologise for not following the instructions.“I’m happy with that, but I’m never happy when very clear instructions like that are given, and everyone knows they are there to be followed.“There’s no one more acutely aware of that than the player who’s made (the mistake). Sometimes you don’t even need to mention it. What’s the point of kicking someone when they’re lying on the ground?“What you hope for, when something like this happens, is that the player concerned does exactly what Benteke has done at the first real opportunity, which wasn’t in the dressing room after the game.”Palace host Watford on Tuesday, when they will be without the injured Mamadou Sakho – who Hodgson says will be out with a calf injury for “weeks, not days” – but will have Yohan Cabaye available.And Hodgson will persist in selecting Benteke.“He played very well,” Hodgson said. “Let’s not forget that. At the moment Benteke, as far as everyone’s concerned, is some sort of pantomime villain. ‘The fans have turned against him’.“He’s a bit of a pantomime villain, there’s no question of that, but that’s also a bit unfair if you look at his performance, because it was really very good.”last_img read more

Lawmakers hit stack of state bills

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.One of the bills approved Monday was AB 1524, by Sen. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, which allows heirs of victims of the Armenian Genocide who live in California to file legal claims against banks in an effort to recover assets looted by the Turkish government in the early 1900s. “Over 900,000 Armenian-Americans reside in California,” said Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, D-Los Angeles. “Many of their families were killed in the Armenian Genocide from 1915 to 1923 and their assets were abruptly seized by the Turks and placed in German banks. No effort has been made by these banks to return their assets to their rightful owners.” The bill, which has already passed the Senate, went through the Assembly on a 65-2 vote. A similar bill was approved Monday for victims of the Mexican repatriation in California during the 1930s, in which legal U.S. citizens of Mexican descent were forcibly and illegally deported to Mexico. Some experts estimate that more than 400,000 legal citizens were deported from California during a wave of anti-immigrant hysteria and the loss of jobs during the Great Depression. The bill, SB 1765, allows victims to file claims for loss of property or injury due to the forced repatriations. SACRAMENTO – On their first day back in session after summer break, state lawmakers swept Monday through hundreds of bills dealing with everything from the Armenian Genocide to colored contact lenses, trying to clear their desks before bills expire Aug. 31. Lawmakers said despite the gubernatorial election looming in November, they believe they can set aside partisan differences and collaborate on important legislation, as they did earlier this year on the state budget and the infrastructure bond package. “For sure, Democrats want to get that top (governor’s) job back,” said Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, D-Los Angeles. “We all want that top job back, but at the same time we realize how important it is to get things done for Californians. “The way one can characterize where we are is that political ideology comes second to progress. That’s going to be the focus over the next three weeks.” Another bill that passed prohibits the sale of colored contact lenses without a prescription. The bill’s author, Assemblyman Alan Nakanishi, R-Lodi, said the lenses, which change the color of a person’s eyes without enhancing vision, can often be misused without a proper fitting and care instructions, leading to infections and possibly blindness. “These colored contact lenses are used indiscriminately by people,” said Nakanishi, who is also an ophthalmologist. “In fact, if it’s not looked after, it can cause infection and cornea ulcers. The ulcers are bad – you can turn blind from it.” Some of the problems are caused when users, particularly teenagers, share the lenses, which can lead to contamination and infection. They may wear the lenses for too long without taking them out and cleaning them. Among other topics the Legislature is expected to tackle in the waning days of the session are cable competition, minimum wage, greenhouse gases and redistricting. (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

William McLaughlin on sparring Derevianchenko to Ulster final with Buncrana

first_imgIN THE summer of 2009, William McLaughlin had the world in his fists.The Illies Golden Gloves boxer, off the back of an Irish Elite title earlier that year, won a silver medal at the 2009 European Championships in Odense.The Donegal welterweight returned from Denmark draped in a silver nugget – one of eight medals that came back to Dublin Airport. “That was one of the best achieving Irish teams that went anywhere,” McLaughlin says now, ten years on and having swapped the canvas for the pitch. On Saturday, he’ll line out for Buncrana in the Ulster Junior final against Blackhill at Healy Park. It’s a far cry from those days when he was part of a star-studded Irish team.David Oliver Joyce, Darren O’Neill and Con Sheehan won golds in Denmark, with John Joe Nevin and Declan Geraghty taking silvers, along with McLaughlin. Eric Donovan and Philip Sutcliffe returned with bronze.  “I was always there or thereabouts, knocking on the door, but I rarely won medals when I was away with Ireland,” McLaughlin says.“That probably makes that silver medal bigger for me now.“You don’t think at the time about how good or how big the achievement is at the time. You just think about yourself and where you’re going in that moment.”McLaughlin had defeated Cathal McCauley from Dungloe in the Irish final in 2009. He went to Denmark unsure where to set the bar. The Buncrana man stopped Turkey’s Erkan Bingol in the second round of his opener before claiming an 11-4 win over Ladislav Takacs in the quarter final. The points system of scoring was in place in those days.In the semi-final, McLaughlin came up against a highly-rated Englishman, Scott Cardle. In spite of a hand injury, McLaughlin was the 7-1 winner. The voyage was ended by Hungary’s Balazs Bacskai, who overcame McLaughlin 12-4 in the final.“I had fought the Hungarian before – we fought three times in all and he beat me twice,” McLaughlin says. “It was in the quarter-final, I hurt my ribs. The semi-final then against Cardle, he was decent, with very good, fast hands. Beating him was a massive result.“But I went into the final with the ribs injured and the Hungarian was a big body puncher! That was going through my mind the whole time. With the adrenaline, I just battered on.“Some boys would probably pull out, but the Donegal man won’t lie down. It was hectic that final, real toe-to-toe stuff. I was really sore one time he caught me with a body shot.“I was disappointed to lose the final, but I suppose you look back now and realise it was a good achievement.”The Irish team was sprinkled with star dust.Even then, McLaughlin could see that Katie Taylor was going to break through the ceiling.The likes of Paddy Barnes, Kenny Egan, John Joe Joyce, O’Neill and Donovan were there. Jason Quigley was beginning to emerge and Carl Frampton was another team-mate for McLaughlin.He says: “Carl was there for a while at the start, but was turning over to professional. Barry McGuigan was onto him steady. He was a massive part of it. That Irish team was unreal.”McLaughlin was beaten by Joyce in the Irish final of 2010 and he lost out to Adam Nolan in the 2013 version (a decision that left a sour taste at the time) – the same night Quigley defeated Roy Sheahan in the middleweight final. Sheahan was a foe of McLaughlin, too.“The four of us – me, Roy, Adam and Joe Joe – you just couldn’t separate us,” McLaughlin says.“Roy was one of the best I’ve been in with. He was one of the hardest hitting 69kgs men you’d get. Roy probably didn’t succeed as he should have. He was some talented and he could hit! Roy was a definite stand-out.“There were so many good men at the same level at the time. “Even that year, 2009, I beat McCauley. I beat Sheahan in the semis, but I couldn’t take McCauley lightly. He had beaten my brother once or twice so I knew there I’d have to be on my game.”Quigley dipped his toes at welterweight in the spring of 2012, but McLaughlin had his number in a quarter-final. McLaughlin remains the last boxer to defeat the Ballybofey man on Irish soil.McLaughlin kept a close eye on Quigley, who has teamed up to train under Andy Lee. Back when McLaughlin first went off with the Irish team, as a youth puncher, Lee was the Irish captain. He believes the link with Lee is just what Quigley needs at this stage.The Irish set-up was ‘professional’ when McLaughlin was in under Billy Walsh’s watch.He got a taste of pro boxing himself when he fought with Milano Thunder in the World Series of Boxing. McLaughlin ended his WSB career with an unblemished 9-0 record. “Moving to Italy was massive,” McLaughlin says. “It was only then that I realised how professional the Irish set-up was. “I was lonely for the first while I was in Italy and it was hard to get used to. I wasn’t able to speak Italian and was stuck in a room on my own.”He soon settled, though, and Ukraine’s Serhiy Derevianchenko was among his team-mates. Derevianchenko, who fought Gennady Golovkin last month in Madison Square Garden, was a sparring partner of McLaughlin at the time.“He was a massive fighter,” McLaughlin says. “He could speak a fair amount of English and h was a nice lad. Me and him spared a lot of rounds at that time and I’d say now he’s someone Jason should be looking at in the next year or so.”He goes to the trenches with Buncrana in Omagh on Saturday evening as the bid for Ulster glory.But he still misses the sweet science.“I miss it badly,” he says. “I miss the buzz with the boys and the craic. I don’t miss making the weight or that end of it, but most of my life was based on it. It’s nice to look back, but I definitely still miss it.”William McLaughlin on sparring Derevianchenko to Ulster final with Buncrana was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2019 Donegal JFC2019 Ulster club JFCbuncranaDENMARKEUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPSIllies Golden GlovesJason QuigleyKatie TaylorWilliam McLaughlinlast_img read more