Medals for Irish Boxers

November 27, 2011

Ken Egan and Con Sheehan have claimed light-heavyweight and super-heavyweight gold following wins in the finals of the Olympic Test Event at the ExCel in London today.

Belfast middleweight Conrad Cummings won a  silver medal after he was narrowly defeated in his 75kg final by Russia’s Maxim Koptyakov.

Egan was trailing 7-3 to Brazilian light-heavyweight Yamaguchi Florentino at the end of the first, but surged 17-14 ahead by the end of the second en route to a 22-20 win.

The win was Egan’s third in four days in London.

Sheehan, meanwhile, claimed an impressive 16-4 victory over Evgenios Lazaridis of Greece to finish on top of the 91kg+ podium.

Cummings was 3-2 ahead at the end of the opening stanza against Koptyakov, but the Russian held a two point advantage at the end of the next round and posted an 11-8 win.

Today’s wins ensured that Ireland will be taking home two gold, one bronze and two silver medals from the dress rehearsal for boxing at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Olympic Council of Ireland CEO Stephen Martin and Sports Director Martin Burke have been with the team over the weekend at the Excel Centre.

Martin said “The Olympic Council were happy to facilitate the Irish Team’s participation in the test event , the cost to the OCI is minimal in terms of the advantage gained from being involved and competing so well in this pre London 2012 event” He added

“LOCOG officials were delighted that the Irish Team were in London this weekend adding value to the quality of competition and he congratulated Team Manger Des Donnelly, coaches Billy Walsh and Zaur Antia and boxers on their success”

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