Another Aussie sporting hero was made overnight as Vic Darchinyan became the first boxer ever to win three IBO world titles.

The 30 year old champion won a brutal twelve round encounter against Filipino Eric Barcelona for the vacant bantamweight world title.

Graham Osborne reports.

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Darchinyan knocked down Barcelona in the 5th and 11th rounds on the way to a unanimous points victory.

Boxing commentator: “Champion of the world.”

Aussie wildcard Richard Porte retained his surprise lead in the Tour of Italy after the 12th stage, won by Italian Fillipo Pozzato.

The 25 year old Tasmanian rider holds a lead of almost two minutes on his nearest rival Spaniard David Duran.

Richard Porte, Australian Cyclist: “It’s incredible. I think it’s going to take a few days to settle in but I don’t think many Australians have done.”

Seven time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has denied claims by former cyclist Floyd Landis that he schooled him in doping.

The claim also implicated other cyclists in the growing scandal.

Lance Armstrong, Cyclist: “We have nothing to run from, nothing to hide.”

Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour De France title after testing positive to banned substances.

Graham Osborne, QUT News