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20 APRIL 2014

 

Captain Fantastic Egan Going For Gold


By Bernard O’Neill: Captain fantastic Ken Egan got Ireland back to winning ways with a top class 10-3 light heavyweight semi final victory over British battler Tony Jeffries at the Workers Indoor Arena today.

The results is an exact reversal of this morning’s Darren Sutherland versus James DeGale clash and it leaves it very much honours even between
Ireland and Great Britain.

The Irish skipper will now face Chinese champion Xiaoping Zhang in Sunday’s final. Zhang came from behind to edge out Yerkebulan Shynaliyev of Kazakhstan on a count-back after both boxers were tied at 4-4.


Zhang, who was born on April 1st 1982, like Egan, stands at 6ft 2in, and won silver at the 2007 Asian Championships in Mongolia as well
as finishing in 9th position at the 2007 World Championships in Chicago.

Egan, who has now registered 50 points at these Olympics and conceded just seven, chalked up the first point of the clash with a straight left
inside the opening minute but Jeffries levelled with a long range right.

However, two solid rights and a left to the body in the second left Egan 4-1 up before he completely out boxed his Sunderland born opponent
in the third stanza to surge 8-1 in front.

Jeffries managed to chalk up two points in the final frame but never really looked like troubling the Dubliner, who added another two points to his total to bridge a sixteen year gap since Michael Carruth and Wayne McCullough made it through to the 1992 Olympics finals in Barcelona.

Speaking after the fight the 26 year old Neilstown Dublin clubman said that it was a dream come true.

He said: "It has been a long haul to get where I am. It has been a dream of mine to do this and I just can’t believe it right now. I was cautious
in the first round because this was a clean slate from the EU final where I beat him,

"But once I got ahead I started to build on my lead. I gave it 100% in there - this is a fantastic


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