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Fightback sees Egan claim test event gold

KEN EGAN came from behind to claim gold with a 22-20 decision over Brazilian light-heavyweight Yamaguchi Florentino in London yesterday.

Tipperary super-heavyweight Con Sheehan, a team-mate of Egan's with the Leipzig Leopards in the World Series of Boxing, also won gold after hammering out a 16-4 win over Evgenios Lazaridis of Greece.

But Belfast's Conrad Cummings lost out in his bid to finish on top of the middleweight podium after a 11-8 reversal to Russia's Makim Koptyakov.

Egan was 7-3 down after the first round against this year's Pan-American Games silver medallist, but had a storming second to take a 17-14 lead into the third and final round.

Florentino edged that frame 6-5, but Egan's second-round blitz ultimately ensured that he had enough in the bank to secure the victory.

Irish team manager Des Donnelly said that they were happy with the performances of the six-man Irish squad at the dress rehearsal for boxing at next year's Olympic Games.

"Kenny looked very relaxed at light-heavyweight over the four days," he said. "Con took his time and kept his patience and picked off his shots and it was a fantastic win.

"Overall, we're happy with the performances of the Irish squad."

Ireland took home two golds, one silver and two bronze medals.

Meanwhile, Michael Frayne goes to the semi-finals of the National Intermediate Boxing Championships after he beat Taylor McGoldrick.

There were victories, too, for JP Delaney and Thomas Roohan.

Eamon Walsh also advanced, but Roman Seredjuks denied Cork their third win. Denis O'Driscoll and Ciaran O Griofa emerged with semi-final berths, European Youth silver medallist Gary Sweeney posted a 22-10 verdict over Kyle Holmes, Andrew Hanley beat Barry Keegan, Kris Sikora kept the flag flying for the St Francis club in Limerick, while Michael McDonagh outpointed Michael Kaliec 11-8.

Christopher Devanney beat Robert Kraska in a high-scoring heavyweight three-rounder and Antoine O Griofa got the decision on a countback over John Paul Rea after a 10-10 tie.