No luck for boxers Egan and McLaughlin

No luck for boxers Egan and McLaughlin

Ken Egan and Willie McLaughlin both bowed out of the AIBA World Championships at the quarter final stage in Milan this afternoon.

Egan, a silver medal winner at the 2008 Olympics, was surprisingly beaten 17-9 by French light heavyweight Abdelkader Bouhenia.

Donegal welterweight McLaughlin lost out 16-7 to Russian southpaw Andrey Zamkovoy.

Egan, performing in his fifth World Championships, was expected to overcome the challenge of Bouhenia, and the Dublin southpaw looked to be on his way after opening up a 2-0 lead early in the first.

However, Bouhenia restored parity at 3-3 before the bell and dominated the second round, taking a 10-4 advantage into the interval.

Egan, who has now reached the quarter-finals of the World Championships three times, upped the tempo in the final round.

However, Bouhenia was also the stronger going down the final stretch, adding seven points to his overall tally. Meanwhile, McLaughlin lost out to Zamakovoy, despite a brave showing at the Mediolanum Forum.

The Donegal welterweight defied all expectations to get to the business end of the tournament but has to be content with a top eight finish despite laying quite a few gloves on the Russian in the final frame.

Earlier today, Cavan bantamweight John Joe Nevin came from behind to guarantee Ireland an historic sixth medal at this level after he out thought and out fought China's Yu Gu.

The 2008 Irish Olympian won today's extremely tactical 54Kg quarter final 7-5 and will be taking home at least bronze from the 15th edition of the AIBA World Championships.

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