Kenny Egan

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Kenneth "Kenny" Egan (born 7 January 1982) is an Irish politician and amateur boxer from Clondalkin, Dublin best known for winning a Silver Medal in the final of the 81 kg, Light-Heavyweight boxing final at the 2008 Olympics. He won the European Gold Medal in the 2008 Athens Olympic Qualifiers and a European Bronze Medal in 2006 and 2010 at Light-heavyweight. He was elected to South Dublin County Council for Fine Gael in the 2014 local elections.

Egan currently fights out of the Neilstown Boxing Club that is based in Dublin. He fights in the 81 kg class that is more commonly known in boxing circles as Light-Heavyweight. Egan won the national championships from 2005 to 2007, where he twice beat Darren O'Neill in the final. In all he has won 10 Irish titles, including 7 light-heavyweight belts. Egan announced his retirement following a defeat to Westmeath's Joe Ward in the National Stadium, 22 Feb 2013.

At the 2006 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria he lost his semifinal to Russian eventual winner Artur Beterbiyev.

At the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships held at the University of Illinois Chicago's UIC Pavilion. He beat Julius Jackson and Julio Castillo then lost to Marijo Sivolija.

At the first Olympic qualifier the southpaw was upset by Ramazan Magomedov, at the second he beat four fighters including Kennedy Katende and made it to Beijing.

At the 2008 Olympics he once again defeated Julius Jackson from The Virgin Islands in the round of 32. In the round of 16 he defeated Bahram Muzaffer, the Turkish boxer, before overcoming Brazilian Washington Silva in the quarter-final. This third victory guaranteed Egan and Ireland a medal, the third medal secured following Paddy Barnes and Darren Sutherland's advancement to the semi-finals. Egan beat Tony Jeffries, the British boxer, in the semi-final round. He lost to China's Xiaoping Zhang in the Olympic Final Gold Medal match in Beijing on Sunday 24 August 2008.

This page was last edited on 6 June 2018, at 09:20.
Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Egan under CC BY-SA license.

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