Egan, Sheehan and Cummings Olympic test finalists

IABA Press Officer Bernard O’Neill

Ken Egan, Conrad Cummings and  Con Sheehan advanced to todays finals at the Olympic Test Event following  wins at the ExCel in London yesterday.Dublin southpaw Egan beat Australia’s  Damien Hooper, the 2010 Olympic Youth champion who is officially ranked  number two in the world by AIBA, 15-11 to record his second win at the  ExCel in 48 hours.

The 2008 Olympic silver medalist will now  meet Yamaguchi Florentino of Brazil, a silver medal winner at the 2011 Pan  American Games, in Sunday’s light-heavyweight final.

Belfast middleweight Cummings produced a  fine performance to see off Brazilian Esquiva Florentino 19-13 and set up a  75Kg decider with Maxim Koptyakov of Russia.

Florentino – who’d received a  number of  cautions – was given a public warning for  dropping his head in the third round of tonight’s clash. Cummings, who boxes out  of the Holy Trinity club, was 13-10 in front going into the final round of a  hard-punching duel.

Tipperary super-heavyweight Sheehan,  meanwhile, will meet Evgnios Lazaridis of Greece tomorrow following his  11-7 decision over Mohammad Arjaoui of Morocco.

The Clonmel BC stand out took the first  round 3-2 and led 6-5 going into the third and final  stanza.

David Oliver Joyce and Tommy McCarthy  bowed out at the semi-final stage tonight.

Joyce lost 13-9 to Eugen Burhard of Germany  in the lightweight semi-final.

Burhard, who 9-3 ahead going into the  final frame, took  two standing counts in the third as the St Michael’s  Athy man finished the stronger. The first round ended 2-2.

McCarthy dropped a 16-9 decision  to experienced Kazakh heavyweight Vassily Levit. The Belfast man found himself  5-3 in arrears at the end of the first but turned in a good second round to  reduce the deficit to 9-7.

However, Levit found the target seven  times in the last round to secure his place in Sunday’s 91Kg  final.

Sunday’s program begins at 10.30am. The  women’s finals will be decided first.

Olympic Test Event ExCel London
November 24th Quarter-finals
81Kg: Ken Egan (Ireland) beat Xuan Bao  (China) 13-6
November 25th  Quarter-finals
51Kg: Declan Geraghty  (Ireland) lost to Worapoj Petchkoom (Thailand)  12-13
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce  (Ireland) beat Donato Consenza (Italy) 12-8
November 26th  Semi-Finals
60kg: David Oliver Joyce  (Ireland) lost to Eugen Burhard (Germany) 9-13
75Kg: Conrad Cummings (Ireland) beat  Esquiva Florentino (Brazil) 19-13
81Kg: Ken Egan (Ireland) beat Damien  Hooper (Australia) 15-11
91Kg: Tommy McCarthy (Ireland) lost to  Vassily Levit (Kazakhstan) 9-16
91Kg+: Con Sheehan (Ireland) beat  Mohammad Arjaoui (Morocco) 11-7
November 27th Finals
75Kg: Conrad Cummings (Ireland) v Makim  Koptyakov (Russia)
81Kg: Ken Egan (Ireland) v Yamatguchi  Florentino (Brazil)
91Kg+: Con Sheehan (Ireland) v Evgnios  Lazaridis (Greece)
Irish squad
56Kg: Declan Geraghty  (Crumlin)
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s  Athy)
75Kg: Conrad Cummings (Holy  Trinity)
81Kg; Ken Egan  (Neilstown)
91Kg: Tommy McCarthy (Oliver  Plunkett)
91+Kg: Con Sheehan  (Clonmel)
Team manager: Des  Donnelly
Coaches: Billy Walsh & Zuar  Antia
Physio: Conor  McCarthy

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