Thursday 22 March 2018

Egan fights back for gold

Bernard O'Neill

KEN EGAN came from behind to claim gold with a 22-20 decision over Brazilian light-heavyweight Yamaguchi Florentino at the ExCel 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, who had Billy Walsh and Zuar Antia working his corner, was 7-3 down after the first round against the 2011 Pan-American Games silver medalist, but produced a storming second to take 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 victory by a two-point margin.

The win was the Dublin southpaw's third in four days at the Test Event, while 2009 European Union champion Sheehan won two fights in two days at the ExCel.

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 the 2012 Olympic Games.

"Kenny looked very relaxed at light-heavyweight over the four days. This Brazilian was very tough, but Kenny boxed him very well and he hurt him in the second round, he said.

"Con was 8-2 up by the end of the second. He also boxed very well and he was nice and relaxed. 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 at this tournament. Young Conrad was in against the World No 4 and he gave a good account of himself against a very experienced opponent."

The wins ensured that Ireland took home two gold, one silver and two bronze.

Meanwhile, Ireland and Scotland drew 8-8 in a schoolboy international in Motherwell yesterday.

Irish Independent

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