Saturday 17 March 2018

Boxing: Egan and Sheehan set to confirm Leopards spots

KEN EGAN and Tipperary super-heavyweight Con Sheehan are poised to put pen to paper with the Leipzig Leopards in the World Series of Boxing.

The Irish duo have been offered one-season deals with the German side and will travel to Leipzig on October 31 for training. Egan said that he had reviewed his contract this week and that it was now "just a matter of signing up".

Egan was on a three-year deal with Miami Gallos in the WSB but the American side have gone out of business after one season.

"We'll head over at the end of the month for training and to meet our new team-mates and take it from there," said the Neilstown BC southpaw.

Egan will drop back down from heavyweight to the WSB light-heavyweight weight limit of 85kg for the new season, which begins on November 11.

Five-time Irish Elite champion Sheehan, who boxes out of the Clonmel BC, said that he was eagerly looking forward to testing himself in the WSB.

"I had a look at the contract and it is more or less a done deal," he said. "I can't wait to get started. Boxing over five rounds will be a new and exciting challenge for me."

WSB boxers get paid a salary of up to €40,000 a season and receive bonuses of around €5,000 per win.

Meanwhile, John Joe Nevin will line out for Paris United for the new season.

The two-time World medalist is signed to a three-year contract with the French side, who won the WSB Team Championships last term.

Irish Independent

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