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KEN ENJOYS MIAMI HEAT.

Byline: BERNARD O'NEILL

IRELAND'S Olympic hero Ken Egan will be publically unveiled as a Miami boxer in the next two weeks.

Egan, a silver medal winner at the 2008 Olympics and a 10-time Irish senior champion, has signed a three-year deal with the Californian city in the revolutionary World Series of Boxing (WSB).

The Dublin southpaw's first match will be against Los Angeles in November followed by home and away duels against Mexico City and Memphis at the American Airlines Arena, home of NBA side Miami Heat.

Eight teams from Asia and Europe will also battle it out with the top three teams from each continent meeting in the finals in China next March, followed by the Individual WSB Championships.

WSB Team Championships bouts will last for five, three minutes rounds as opposed to three, three minute rounds in the amateur code.

Individual WSB bouts will last for seven, three minute rounds.

The 10-points must scoring system favoured in pro boxing will be used as opposed to the computerised scoring system in amateur boxing.

Moreover, WSB boxers will not wear protective headgear or vests and will be paid substantial cash prizes.

Crucially however, they will not lose their Olympic status.

Pro boxers are banned from competing in the Olympics or in any tournament under the jurisdiction of World amateur boxing chiefs, AIBA, who are fully behind the WSB series.

Meanwhile, Miami has been announced as a host city for the WSB, a move which was very much welcomed by AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu.

"I am delighted to officially announce Miami as one of the 12 global World Series of Boxing franchise teams.

"I believe that we have found an excellent partner in the Miami-Dade Sports Commission, as well as a world-class venue in the American Airlines Arena.

"Put together with the top athletes who have committed to the Miami team, this means that the revolutionary new World Series of Boxing competition has an excellent foundation for its first season in Miami."

Egan will be under Irish-American Pat Burns. He was coach to the 1996 USA Olympic boxing team and also to ex Irish senior champ John Duddy, who is now boxing professionally out of New York.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 28, 2010
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