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Dylan Eagleson powers into European Championship quarter-finals with impressive performance


Dylan Eagleson celebrates his victory at the European Championships

Dylan Eagleson celebrates his victory at the European Championships

Dylan Eagleson celebrates his victory at the European Championships

Dylan Eagleson impressed in Armenia yesterday as he advanced into the quarter-final of the bantamweight division in the Men’s European Elite Boxing Championships with a unanimous decision win over Turkey’s Muhammet Sacli.

The Bangor native was hugely impressive as he boxed beautifully in this battle of the southpaws to take the sting out of Sacli’s aggressive approach and dominate for the most part to march on.

Eagleson began boxing off the back foot with his upper body movement leaving Sacli swinging at fresh air, but the Turk was the aggressor and having some success.

The St Paul’s ABC man popped out the jab, but was tagged with a heavy combination on the bell to end an opening round where he was ahead on three of the five cards.

The pattern continued in the second with Sacli fighting at a high pace, yet Eagleson was countering well and was a lot more economical with his work, spinning away from danger and landing with more consistency as he finished the second with a scoring one-two to the body to underline his dominance as he swept the round with one judge awarding a 10-8 in his favour.

Sacli was now looking frustrated and out of ideas as his aggressive approach had not paid off and seemed to think twice about just marching forward and swinging as he was getting picked off.

It was simply a case of seeing the job through for Eagleson and he did just that, tagging Sacli on the way in as he advanced into a meeting with the number two seed, Gabriel Mascunano Escobar of Spain in Sunday’s evening session.

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Elsewhere, there were mixed fortunes for Irish fighters as Luke Maguire got the day off to a good start with a 5-0 win over Poland’s Daniel Wieslaw Piotrowski in the 71kg class, but light-welterweight Brandon McCarthy came up short against England’s Joseph Tyers by way of unanimous decision in a tight contest where all five judges gave Tyres two of the three rounds.

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