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Northern Ireland's Commonwealth Games boxing medal tally reaches SIX after three more wins in Glasgow

By John Mulgrew

Northern Ireland's boxers have secured at least six Commonwealth Games medals after three more wins in Glasgow on Wednesday.

It was our female boxers that stole the show this afternoon, with flyweight Michaela Walsh enjoying a unanimous victory over Jamaican Sarah Joy Rae.

The win made her Northern Ireland's first female boxing medallist in the Games.

But a second medal for the local dominant boxing contingent soon followed - with Alanna Audley-Murphy's valiant win over Valerian Spicer in the women's lightweight quarter-final.

Earlier on Wednesday, Olympic bronze medalist Michael Conlan secured a medal after victory against Uganda's Bashir Nasir during their bantamweight clash.

But Northern Ireland could be in for a windfall of metal this evening, as more talents take to the ring with hopes of victory.

Double Olympic medalist, and defending Commonwealth fighter, Paddy Barnes will compete on Wednesday along with Connor Coyle and Steven Donnelly.

Today's wins come after three of our boxers secured at least three bronze medals after quarter-final wins in Glasgow on Tuesday.

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 was the first 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.

Further reading

Commonwealth Games: Boxing trio are as pleased as punch after super night in ring

Commonwealth Games: World-class boxers Barnes, Conlan, Coyle and Donnelly can open the medal floodgates 

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

Commonwealth Games: boxers need to punch above their weight to address Northern Ireland's paltry medals haul 

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