Boxing: Egan primed for World Series debut
MIAMI'S Irish-American coach Patrick Burns reckons Ken Egan and his team will showcase their strengths in tonight's World Series of Boxing (WSB) clash with Los Angeles.
Egan will line out for Miami Gallos against LA Matadors over five bouts in their opening WSB match at the American Airlines Arena, home of NBA side Miami Heat, this evening.
Mexico City Guerreros and Memphis Force make up the Americas group. The Guerreros went top of the table with a 5-0 win when the sides met at the World Trade Centre in Mexico City on Saturday. Each side has 12 matches, with the top teams in the groups plus the best runner-up advancing to the semi-finals next March.
"I couldn't be happier with the guys we have on the team," said Burns.
Egan, a silver medal winner at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a 10-time Irish senior champion, will meet Anthony Dorian of the USA tonight. The Dublin southpaw, part of a 14-man squad, has moved up from his usual light-heavyweight (81kg) category to cruiserweight (85kg) for the WSB.
"I watched the Mexico team versus Memphis, the Memphis team looked tired but I believe the altitude had a part to play. I'm in great shape and really can't wait to get in there and see what all the fuss is about," said Egan.
Egan was also full of praise for John Joe Nevin, who won his opening fight for Paris United against Milan's Vincenzo Picardi in the European WSB group. Egan and Nevin will have an extra opportunity to qualify for the London Olympics in the WSB. The top-ranked boxers in the championships will qualify for the Individual WSB Championships. The winners from the five weights in the individuals will secure Olympic qualification.
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