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Making history not on Egan's mind

Clondalkin's Ken Egan says he is not focused on records as he closes in on another title at the Elite National Men's Senior Championships at the National Stadium.

Egan, whose brother John won in the Novice Championships at the Stadium yesterday, edged to within two bouts of becoming the first boxer to win 10 Irish senior titles in a row after he stopped Albania-born Dublin cabbie Gisha Gezim in the third round on Saturday night.

But Egan insists that rewriting the record books is the last thing on his mind. Gezim, who says he worked as a presidential bodyguard in Albania before he moved to Ireland eight years ago, was 18-4 down and the battle of the southpaws was stopped after he took a third standing count 30 seconds from the final bell.

Egan now meets Denis Hogan in Friday's light-heavyweight semi-final, in a repeat of the 2009 semi-final which the Neilstown clubman won 16-3.

Egan praised Gezim afterwards, insisting that he's not thinking about winning 10 in a row.

"Fair play to Gisha. He kept plugging away and he caught me with a few left hooks in the final round," said Egan. "Overall, I was pleased with my performance on the night, but I was unhappy with myself for standing around a bit too much.

"I was only warming up on Saturday. I'm in a lot better shape for these championships than I was in for the World Championships in Milan last year. Last year there was a lot of pressure on me to become the first to do nine in a row. This time out I'm not thinking about records. This year my ambition is to bring another title back to the Neilstown club, that's all."

Ulster champion Tommy McCarthy, of the Oliver Plunkett gym, is still primed to try and stop Egan as he enjoyed a second-round stoppage victory over Richard Beale of St Michael's New Ross.

McCarthy, a bronze medal winner at the 2008 World Youth Championships, was 7-0 in front and cruising when the referee called a halt.