The nature of most sporting events produces difficulties associated with repetitiveness and these are not always successfully circumvented. Metaphorical gilding can only be deployed to a limited extent, and although the inclusion of participants’ profiles, alongside quotes, can pique the ‘human interest’ element of an event, this should merely complement, not displace the sporting action. The linguistic and imaginary guile that Egan deployed could be viewed as a literary response to certain sporting situations. Rather than espousing the existence of an ‘Egan tradition’, it is possible that Egan’s literary response is one that constitutes a naturally recurrent strategy deployed in the sports-writing genre.
The sport of pugilism created a form of reporting that was, to a certain extent, self-perpetuating. One writer providing commentary on an event could duplicate some stylistic nuances of predecessors without necessarily being familiar with past pieces. Basic recurring aspects of the sport render that dimension almost unavoidable. More difficult to rationalise is the idiosyncratic, or more playful, bent of Egan, Bee, and occasional others. One theory is that wit and verbal cleverness are quite often used to contain and somehow handle the ‘uncontainable’. I believe that a Boxiana style existed, and Egan functioned as an integral factor in pugilism’s infiltration of the national psyche, which forms part of the widespread influence of a sporting philosophy on everyday life. In addition, he assumed a prominent position in the development of sports reporting, as well as contributing to more imposing areas of satire, parody, and novel writing. Egan's enlivening style, arguably, expedited the evolvement of a ‘maverick sports report’.