42 Friday, 9 October 2009 London Lite It all adds up to fight futureNATHAN CLEVERLY is putting his studies to one side tonight as the Welshman defends his British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight titles against Enfield- born Courtney Fry at York Hall in Bethnal Green. The 22-year-old, unbeaten in 17 professional fights, hopes to graduate with a degree in pure mathematics next year, but he has decided his future lies in the ring. He said: Ive got three exams coming up in January and three more in May. Provided I pass those with flying colours Ill get my cap and gown. Its always difficult around boxing time, especially when Im training for a fight. And now I have the extra responsibilities of defending my titles and hopefully going for the European championship. I thrive on the pressure. If he comes through tonights test, against a former Commonwealth Games gold medallist, promoter Frank Warren has promised him a shot at the vacant European title in December. In his early teens Cleverly shared the same LITESPORT Inbrief Rivals contest engaging final lST HELENS coach Mick Potter admits sparks could fly in tomorrows Grand Final. Saints take on rivals Leeds in the engage Super Leagues Old Trafford showpiece for a third successive year with scores to settle after losing the last two. It was a fractious affair when the sides last met five weeks ago at Headingley. Potter said: That was a pretty intense match. We will need to stay disciplined. Massa return bid has stalled lFELIPE MASSA concedes his chances of making a return to race action this season are minimal. The Brazilian has been sidelined since fracturing his skull in an incident in qualifying for Julys Hungarian Grand Prix but had hoped to be fit to take part in the season finale in Abu Dhabi on 1 November. My dream would be to race in Abu Dhabi. But the possibility is really, really low, he said. Serena wants to be Fed up lSERENA WILLIAMS wants to play for the United States in the Fed Cup final against Italy next month but only if she is still able to walk after the season-ending womens tour championships in Qatar. I definitely want to play. Im just trying to get there. Its just really hard to see how my body is going to be after Doha, she said after her third-round defeat by Russian Nadia Petrova at the China Open yesterday. Murray faces a fall from place lANDY MURRAY will lose his world No3 spot if Novak Djokovic beats Robin Soderling in the semi- finals of the China Open tomorrow. The Briton has a wrist injury and is not expected back in action until the Valencia Open next month. Djokovic has capitalised on Murrays absence and a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 victory over Spains Fernando Verdasco today leaves the Serb one win away from leapfrogging his rival in the rankings. Brit Reedie hits Olympic high lSIR CRAIG REEDIE today became the first Briton to be elected onto the International Olympic Committees executive board for almost half a century. Reedie, 67, from Stirling in Scotland, beat Irelands Patrick Hickey for a seat on the ruling board of the IOC. The former chairman of the British Olympic Association was knighted after Londons successful bid for the 2012 Games. Casey and his Exiles will feel at home with Leos lionsBOB CASEY cant wait for his trip home to Dublin tonight, where he will lead the best side in the Guinness Pre- miership against his old club Leinster, top of the Magners League. The London Irish captain actually shared a room at Blackrock College boarding school with Leinster skipper Leo Casey, whose side demolished local rivals Munster 30-0 last weekend. Casey grins: Its great for me to go back and play against my old team in my home town. But it is also brilliant for the club to not only draw a top Irish province, but also the Heineken Cup holders. Leinster thoroughly deserved to win the tournament last season, and they will be a big challenge for us. Irish, Heineken semi-finalists in 2008, failed to qualify for the competition last season, and Casey admitted: It was an absolute killer for us. It is the premier competition in European club rugby and, put it this way, we most certainly did not like watching it. We are delighted to be back in, and we feel we are in good shape to compete. Irish show five changes from the side that edged out Premiership opponents Sale Sharks a week ago, with starts for wing Tom Homer, a front row of Clarke Dermody, David Paice and Faan Rau- tenbach, plus f lanker Declan Danaher. Leinster, meanwhile, include five of this summers British and Irish Lions tourists in their line-up, and a sixth -- full-back Rob Kearney -- on the bench. Before meeting up again with old pal Casey and his Exiles, Cullen says: You kind of get used to playing against friends. Its always easier when you win! With big-spending Brive and the Llanelli Scarlets also contesting Pool 6,itsamarathoncampaignratherthan a winner-takes-all at the RDS but Lein- sters Aussie coach Michael Cheika insists: This first game is against one of the best teams in the Premiership. Its going to be a big, big game. Theyve got an unbelievably solid set-piece -- they attack the opposition there. Sale hardly won a line-out against them last week -- theyve got a fantastic defensive line-out led by Bob Casey and Nick Kennedy. Their scrum is quite destructive too. Theyve also got some unbelievable pace out wide. Sailosi Tagicakibau has scored more tries himself (six at the last count) than we have as a team all season. Toby Booth has said theyve got threats all over the park so weve got to be mindful. In Pool Two tonight, Newport Gwent Dragons head to Kingsholm, where Gloucester will welcome back captain Gareth Delve from suspension but have lost Olivier Azam and Adam Eustace to suspensions. We need to go into this game buzz- ing, said Gloucester head coach Red- path. Its a Wales-England game and a derby kind of match, as they are only an hour down the road. If anyone needs motivating for this game then they shouldnt be playing rugby. TONIGHTScaptainsattheRDSgobackalong way.LeinstersLeoCullen,6ft6in,andLondon IrishskipperBobCasey,6ft7in,areboth31and sharedaroomatBlackrockCollege. Cullen,whohaswon19Irelandcaps,says:I playedacoupleoftimesagainstBobwhenIwas atLeicester.Idontrememberhowitwent.But Iveknownhimalong,longtime. Casey,with7caps,recalls:Weroomedtogether atschool andIknowLeohasbeenfantasticfor Leinster. 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