KEN EGAN is just one bout away from winning his 11th title in a row following a semi-final stoppage of Thomas Roohan at the Elite Championships last night.
The Dublin southpaw, who claimed his first two Irish titles at middleweight before moving up a notch to light heavyweight, stopped the Ballincarrow BC Sligo prospect in the second at the National Stadium.
Egan was 10-1 up when Roohan, who was 1-0 ahead early in the first, took his second standing count after shipping another big right from the 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the second round and his corner threw in the towel.
"A win is a win in my book. I never met him before. I watched him box for the first time last weekend," said Egan. "I made him miss and I punished him. They were right to throw in the towel."
Egan will now meet Davey Joe Joyce or Joe Ward in next weekend's 81kg final after Joyce staged a remarkable comeback to beat Sean Allen (Garda/Arklow) 6-5 after dropping the first round 3-0 in last night's only quarter-final. Joyce will meet Joe Ward in tonight's 81kg semi-final.
Meanwhile, defending lightweight and welterweight champions Eric Donovan and John Joe Joyce, of the St Michael's Athy club, crashed out of the tournament following shock defeats to Michael McDonagh and Karl Brabazon. Donovan, who was targeting three-in-a-row at lightweight dropped a 3-2 countback decision to McDonagh following a 1-1 tie.
Joyce was 4-3 ahead in the final round of a thriller with St Saviours OBA ace Brabazon, but ceded two points after getting a warning for a low blow.
The St Michael's Athy man pulled it back to 5-5 with a big right seconds later, but Brabazon drove home two points in the final 30 seconds to seal victory.
Defending flyweight champion Gary Molloy also crashed out following a 10-5 loss to Belfast's Michael Conlon, who beat Olympic Youth champion Ryan Burnett last weekend.
Darren O'Neill, who is aiming for three on the trot at middleweight, had to come from behind three times to see off Conrad Cummings 4-3. Current bantamweight champ John Joe Nevin beat Wexford's Derek Thorpe 9-0.
Ross Hickey beat James McDonagh 10-5 in the light welter class, and Tipperary heavyweight Con Sheehan, the defending champ, cruised to a 13-0 win over Steven Ward. Cathal McMonagle was also cruising, a 13-1 decision over Chris Devanney booking his ticket into the super-heavyweight decider.
The Elite Championships resume with women's finals and men's semi-finals. The men's finals will be held next Friday.
But Sinead Kavanagh bowed out at the semi-final stage after being disqualified in the fourth round after receiving a third public warning for holding against Spain's Tamara Garcia.
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