Egan and Sheehan claim golds in London


Boxing:Ireland claimed two golds at the Olympic test event in London on Sunday as Ken Egan and Con Sheehan were victorious at the ExCel Centre.

Egan came from behind to claim gold with a 22-20 decision over Brazilian light-heavyweight Yamaguchi Florentino, while Tipperary super-heavyweight Con Sheehan hammered Evgenios Lazaridis of Greece 16-4.

Belfast's Conrad Cummings lost out in his bid to finish on top of the middleweight podium following an 11-8 reversal to Russia's Makim Koptyakov.

Egan was 7-3 down after the first round against the 2011 Pan-American Games silver medalist, but produced a storming second to take 17-14 lead into the third and final round.

Florentino edged that 6-5, but Egan’s second-round blitz ultimately ensured that he had enough in the bank to secure victory by a two-point margin.

Irish team manager Des Donnelly said that they were happy with the performances of the six-man Irish squad at the dress rehearsal for boxing at the 2012 Olympic Games.

“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.”