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Egan set for first WSB bout

Updated: Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010 08:52

Kenny Egan - set for first Miami Gallos bout
Kenny Egan - set for first Miami Gallos bout

Ken Egan will line out for Miami Gallos in their opening group match against Los Angeles Matadors in the World Series of Boxing tonight.

Egan, a silver medal winner at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a ten-time Irish senior champion, will meet Anthony Dorian of the USA.

The Dublin southpaw, who is part of a 14-man Miami squad, stressed that a home win was crucial to close the gap on the Guerreros.

'I watched the Mexico team versus Memphis, the Memphis team looked tired but I believe the altitude had a part to play. I'm in great shape here in Miami and really can't wait to get in there and see what all the fuss is about,' said Egan.

'It is very important that we get our team off to a winning start on Tuesday. Whether we win 5-0 or 3-2 we need the win. It's as simple as that.'

The Dubliner, who has signed a three-year deal with Miami, was also full of praise for his Irish team-mate John Joe Nevin, who is signed with Paris United in the European WSB group.

Nevin beat 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Vincenzo Picardi on a unanimous decision in Milan last Friday night, but Milan bounced back to win 3-2 and are joint top of the European table with Moscow (Kremlin Bears) who beat Istanbul (Istanbulls) 3-2 last Saturday.

'I am delighted to hear John Joe Nevin got off to a winning start in Paris. It's exactly what he needed and I am very proud of him. It was a close team bout with Paris losing the last bout and losing 3-2 overall.'

Miami's Irish-American coach Patrick Burns, a former coach to ex-Irish light-middleweight champion John Duddy who now fights pro out of New York, said that they were eagerly looking forward to the visit of LA.

'I couldn't be happier with the group of guys we have on the team,' said Burns.

'These guys are great students, and I can't wait until they get in the ring and execute the new strengths they've acquired.

'The team concept is very beneficial, and since our team combines guys at different stages in their careers, it's great to see how everyone learns from one another.'

The sides are to meet meet at the American Airlines Arena, home of NBA side Miami Heat (8pm local time).

Mexico City Guerreros and Memphis Force are the other outfits in the four-team Americas WSB group. The Guerreros left Memphis all shook up after recording a 5-0 win at the World Trade Center in Mexico City last Friday to go top of the table.

Each side has twelve matches in the WSB Team Championships, with the top teams in the Americas, Asian and European groups plus the best runner-up advancing to the semi-finals next March.

Miami will travel to face Memphis Force on Friday evening. However, Egan will not be in the team because of the statutory 13-day rest period.

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