Tuesday 19 November 2019

Egan gets rid of 'demons' with victory over Meng

Bernard O'Neill

KEN EGAN returned to winning ways at the National Stadium last night.

The Neilstown light-heavyweight, boxing for the first time at the venue since losing last month's Elite final to Joe Ward, beat Fanlong Meng in the Ireland versus China international.

Ireland took an 18-6 aggregate lead into the clash after beating the Chinese 9-3 in Wexford last Sunday and 9-3 in Waterford on Wednesday.

And Egan added to that margin with a 13-9 win over Meng -- who Ward beat 9-2 last Sunday -- in the 81kg category at the home of Irish boxing.

Egan admitted after the fight that he had two demons he wanted to get rid of -- his defeat to Ward and boxing a Chinese opponent, having lost to one in the final of the Beijing Olympics.


European bronze medalist Eric Donovan and Ryan Lindberg claimed wins in the first six bouts.

Donovan hammered Quiang Lee 14-6 and his St Michael's Athy team-mate Roy Sheehan lost 11-8 to Qiong Maimaitituersun.

China won the first bout after Yong Cheng edged out former Elite champion Gary Molloy 11-10 in the flyweight decider.

But Belfast bantamweight Lindberg restored parity in the second bout of the session with a 12-5 win over Hongliang Zhang.

Cavan flyweight Ceire Smith lost 13-7 to Yujie Luo in the third contest of the evening.

Kelly Harington, a late replacement for Katie Taylor, lost 12-7 world No 2 Cheng Dong in a later bout.

Taylor, who beat Dong in Dungarvan and Wexford -- and in the 2008 and 2010 AIBA World finals -- was forced to pull out of last night's clash after picking up an injury.

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