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'More to come' in Commonwealth final says Dylan Eagleson

Bangor's Dylan Eagleson celebrates after his semi-final victory over Scotland's Matthew McHale. Picture by PA
Bangor's Dylan Eagleson celebrates after his semi-final victory over Scotland's Matthew McHale. Picture by PA Bangor's Dylan Eagleson celebrates after his semi-final victory over Scotland's Matthew McHale. Picture by PA

BANGOR stylist Dylan Eagleson insists there is “more to come” after sealing his spot in tomorrow’s Commonwealth Games final.

The 19-year-old produced a mature performance to edge a cat and mouse clash with Scotland’s experienced Matthew McHale, setting up a bantamweight decider against come-forward Ghanaian Abraham Mensah.

European silver medallist Eagleson showed some real moments of class on the way to a split decision victory this afternoon, and believes he will save the best for last as an intriguing final looms in Birmingham.

“He stayed back and tried to box me, but I was just the better boxer on the day,” said Eagleson of McHale, whom he faced at an international show in Belfast back in February.

“We knew he was going to come out and do something new. He wasn’t going to come out and do what he did the first time because it didn’t work then… at the end he said it was a great fight and just wished us all the best.”

And there is better to come as Eagleson relishes his time to shine.

“The first fight was scrappy and I had to be resilient but in that fight I felt a lot better and stuck to my boxing. There’s more to come definitely. It will be a better performance in the final. I get better each fight.

“Even from the [European] U22s [when he won bronze], every fight I get better and better. I have my mum and sister here, my dad, and Ralph and his wife and all the boys are all supporting us.

“My phone has been going nuts. I’m trying to keep it off a bit more and switch it off, but I’ve had loads of messages.”