Unbelievable Dylan Eagleson ‘can’t wait to add more to the collection’

‘Unbelievable’ sums it up best.

Dylan Eagleson’s unbelievable performances, lead to an unbelievable achievement for a kid who unbelievably was a relative unknown a month ago.

And fittingly the fighter can’t quite believe it all himself.

The St Pauls teen is still pinching himself after securing European Championship silver in Yerevan, Armenia early this week, doing so at just 19 and in his first-ever senior competition.

“I still can’t believe that after my first senior competition I’ve ended up number 2 in Europe,” Eagleson told Irish-boxing.com.

“I can’t describe how much it means to me, it’s my second medal in the last 2 months,” the European U22 bronze medalist adds before showing some of the confidence and swagger that made him a standout in Yerevan. “I can’t wait to add more to the collection.”

The teen, who medalled alongside the equally impressive Gabriel Dossen in Armenia, was one of the standout performers of the tournament. His confident slick style, and the fact he was so assured at such a young age, won him new fans and respect from across the board.

He says he was aware of a groundswell of support back home and said he found it motivational.

“Seeing all the support back home gave me that wee bit more of a push to get in and perform well.”

The St Pauls bantamweight was always an underage talent to watch out for but only raised his hand for International senior selection after a positive start to 2022.

After winning the National Under-22 honours the 19-year-old won bronze at the European U22 championships and has since found himself winning a European medal before he has even won a National Elite crown.

“I didn’t think that I would be here this early in my career as I didn’t have any senior experience,” he admits.

Having exited the European U22’s at the gloves of Turkey’s number 2 ranked fighter there were concerns when Eagleson drew the country’s number 1 Muhammet Acli early in the tournament. It turns out there was no need for concern as the young talented won with relative ease, showing just how much he improved in a short space of time.

“When I heard I got Turkey I knew that it was going to be a tough fight but I knew how much I’ve come on in the space of a few months as I was sparring the world number 2 from America. That gave me confidence and showed me what level I’m at.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com