Wednesday 24 January 2018

Egan switches to heavyweight

BOXING: Walsh will certainly have made his recommendations by now, but these could be rendered null and void if the association decides that the team should be made up entirely of this week's winners.

It would beggar belief if the IABA adhered to such a strategy, thereby cutting in half the qualification opportunities of Ireland's best Olympic medal hopes.

Egan, the light-heavyweight silver medalist in Beijing, was dethroned by Ward in this year's National Championships and will try his luck with the heavyweights this week.

A possible tilt at Irish champion Con Sheehan may not materialise, however, as Sheehan could move up to super-heavy after the weigh-in.

Ireland's elite boxers are the country's strongest medal hopes for London and have emphatically out-performed all other high-performance units on Sports Council funding since Walsh and Gary Keegan first put the programme in place nine years ago.

Yet, despite an endless harvest of medals, their relationship with the governing body continues to show evidence of strain. Privately, some of the boxers believe that this may be at the heart of the association's curious stance this week.

Irish Independent

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