Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Northern Ireland's boxers secure at least three Commonwealth Games bronze medals after quarter-final wins

Northern Ireland's Joe Fitzpatrick (right) in action against Kenya's Nicholas Okongo Okoth Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Northern Ireland's Joe Fitzpatrick (right) in action against Kenya's Nicholas Okongo Okoth Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Northern Ireland's boxers have secured at least three Commonwealth bronze medals after quarter-final wins in Glasgow.

Sean McGlinchy landed the third local medal of the night, after defeating Kenyan Elly Ajowi Ochola.

The Derry man's win came after Armagh's Sean Duffy landed the second secured bronze.

He defeated Malaysia's Khir Akyazlan Azmi in the light welter-weight quarter-finals.

His victory followed Immaculata's Joe Fitzpatrick, who beat Kenya's Nicholas Okongo Okoth.

But Fitzpatrick - who won after unanimous verdict in during his lightweight quarter-final in Glasgow - suffered while battling his opponent in the form of a bloody wound under his left eye.

He's the first, but hopefully not the last, of Northern Ireland's increasingly dominant contingent of boxing talent at this year's games.

Hopes are now the 19-year-old can add some silver, or gold, to Northern Ireland's Commonwealth medal tally.

Meanwhile Ruari Dalton failed to book a semi-final meeting with Motherwell's flyweight firebrand Reece McFadden, when he was outpointed by Australia's Andrew Moloney in the quarter-finals.

Olympic medalists Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes, will join Connor Coyle and Steven Donnelly to contest their quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Northern Ireland's female boxers Michaela Walsh and Alanna Murphy are also scheduled to be in action.

Aside from the local boxing talent, Motherwell flyweight Reece McFadden guaranteed himself a Commonwealth boxing medal, but insists he will not be satisfied with anything less than gold.

McFadden outpointed 2010 bronze medallist Oteng Oteng of Botswana to reach the semi-finals where he will face another tough test against Australia's Andrew Moloney.

The 19-year-old has proved the star of the competition so far at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre after stunning double European champion and gold medal favourite Andrew Selby of Wales in the opening round.

Irresistible McFadden followed up by seeing off England's Charlie Edwards, and despite a strong last round from Oteng the home favourite held on to ensure at least bronze.

After inviting a tear-up against Selby, McFadden boxed in a much more mature fashion against Oteng and kept his nerve despite sustaining a small cut over his left eye during the opening round.

McFadden said: "That was the toughest fight I've had so far and I knew I just had to hold it in and especially when I got the cut.

"I'd like to think I can cope with the pressure, I definitely feel like I'm getting closer and there's no reason that gold shouldn't be mine."

Further reading

Commonwealth Games: Classy lords of the ring Barnes and Conlan really pack a punch

Commonwealth Games: Ruairi Dalton sparkles as our ring champions roll on

Commonwealth Games: Northern Ireland team for Glasgow confirmed 

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife galleries

More

Latest Sport News

Stats Centre