Thursday 26 April 2018

Egan helps Miami to winning start

Bernard O'Neill

KEN EGAN helped Miami Gallos overturn a two-bout deficit and secure a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Matadors in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) in Miami on Tuesday night.

But a clash of heads in the fourth round, en route to a unanimous decision over former Golden Gloves champion Dorian Anthony of the USA, left the 10-time Irish senior champ requiring five stitches to a cut over his right eye.

The Matadors opened up a 2-0 lead, but three straight victories for William Williams, Egan and Trent Rawlins sealed victory for the hosts.

Aussie heavyweight Rawlins beat David Imoesiri to secure the points. Ringside officials called it a majority draw (48-46, 47-47, 47-47), but it was determined a win for Rawlins by the WSB supervisor.

Egan earned a unanimous (49-46, 49-47, 48-47) verdict over Dorian -- and the Dublin southpaw reckoned the Californian wasn't exactly observing the Marquess of Queensberry rules in the 85kg five-rounder.

"If there was another 10 seconds in it, I would have finished him off as he was out on his feet -- the bell saved his ass. He was using his head a lot and I had to be careful in there," said Egan.

"I was a bit nervous in the first round because this was the first time that I've boxed without headgear, but I loosened up after that and I was flying. It's great to get the win under our belts."

Meanwhile, John Joe Nevin will return to France tomorrow to team up with his Paris United side ahead of their first home match against Moscow in the European group.

Nevin, who won his bout in his side's 3-2 defeat to Milan last weekend, will have to sit out the visit of the Russians because of the statutory 13-day rest period.

Irish Independent

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