Kenny Egan and Con Sheehan strike Gold

Ken Egan and Con Sheehan struck light-heavyweight and super-heavyweight gold following wins in the finals of the Olympic Test Event at the ExCel in London on Sunday.

Two Gold medals , one silver, two bronze – Ireland’s haul from the Olympic Test Boxing event which ended this evening at the Excel Centre here in London’s Docklands.

Dubliner Kenny Egan, had another fine win today despite losing two of the three rounds – he trailed Brazilian Light Heavyweight Yamaguchi Florentino 7:3 at the end of the first and to be honest at that point he looked in trouble. But as he has shown so often in the past Egan
gave it his all in the next round, so much so that he won that round 14: 7 by attacking his opponent right from the start.

The Brazilian had no answer to Egan’s all out attack. True Egan again lost the third 5:6 but that second round proved all decisive and the predominantly British crowd responded as if he was one of their own – with genuine admiration and respect.

Belfast middleweight Conrad Cummings gained silver for his efforts this week but lost his 75Kg Middleweight battle against one of Russia’s finest, Maxim Koptyakov – 8:11. Cummings was not outclassed in this company though before the start of the tournament few would have fancied his chances of getting a medal. He can be sure of a warm welcome back in Belfast and is clearly one to keep an eye on for the future.

In the final bout (the 91+kg Super Heavyweight category) of what has been a hectic four days, Clonmel’s Con Sheehan gained Ireland’s second Gold with a most impressive 16-4 victory over Evgenios Lazaridis the only Greek representative here at Excel. Sheehan led from start to finish and never looked in any difficulty.

Irish Team Manager Dessie Donnelly was very happy with his team’s performances today and said later:

“Kenny looked very relaxed back down 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 number four and he gave a good account of himself against a very experienced opponent.


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