Friday 20 April 2018

Egan battles into the record books

Bernard O'Neill

KENNY EGAN was crowned Irish senior champ for a record-breaking 10th year in a row following a points verdict over Belfast light-heavyweight Tommy McCarthy at the National Stadium last night.

The Neilstown southpaw was handed an 8-5 decision after three rounds in a repeat of the 2009 final which the Olympic silver medalist won 9-5.

McCarthy managed to level affairs at 3-3 in the second after Egan had won the first round 2-0. However, the Dubliner opened up a 5-3 advantage going into the third and added another three points before the final bell.

Last night's win also matched bantamweight Mick Dowling's record (1968 to '75) run of winning eight senior titles in a row in the same weight category.

And Egan, who won his first two belts at middleweight, also emulated Jim O'Sullivan's run of 10 non-consecutive title wins between 1980 and 1990. No-one had previously won 10 titles in a row.

O'Sullivan, who missed the '83 finals because of injury, presented Egan with his belt and trophy last night from inside the ring.


And Dowling, a two times Olympian (Mexico 1968 and Munich 1972), who was once ranked third in the world, hailed Egan's incredible run.

He said: "I would like to congratulate Kenny on a fantastic achievement. I think he can now go on and win 11 in a row -- he's that kind of boxer."

Beijing Olympian John Joe Joyce beat defending champion Willie McLaughlin 12-9 to claim the welterweight belt from a cracking 69kg contest which was level at 6-6 at the end of the second round.

EUmiddleweight champion Darren O'Neill beat European Youth champion Jason Quigley (18) 6-1 to retain his title. O'Neill led 3-0 after the second round.

Earlier, Debbie Rogers and Kelly Harrington became Elite Women's champions, Rogers stopping Rebecca Meaney in round two and Harrington beating Jessica Lyons 10-2.

World and European champ Katie Taylor also won 10-2 in a special bout with 2009 European finalist Julia Tsyplakova of the Ukraine. Taylor was always on top and was 9-1 ahead going into the fourth and final frame.

The 23-year-old Bray woman, though, believes there's plenty of room for improvement.

"I felt a bit tired. I haven't boxed in a few months," she said. "I suppose I was getting a bit of ring-rust out as well. I was not too happy with my performance."

Drimnagh middleweight Sinead Kavanagh edged out Ukrainian Tetyana Ivashenko on a double count-back, and Four Corners ace Jennifer Harte stopped the brave challenge of Catherine O'Grady in the third round of their light-flyweight encounter.

Five elite men's finals will be decided tonight, including the eagerly-anticipated all St Michael's, Athy lightweight clash between defending champion Eric Donovan and European Union champion David Oliver Joyce. The 60kg duel is a repeat of the 2007 final, which Joyce won.

World Youth champion Ray Moylette, who eliminated defending champion Philip Sutcliffe in the last four, will also be in action tonight, against Ulster champion Stephen Donnelly.

World Championships bronze medallist and holder John Joe Nevin faces Derek Thorpe at bantamweight.

Irish Independent

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