Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Michaela Walsh keen to level the score with rival Adams

By Stuart McKinley

Published 05/08/2014

Feels like gold: Michaela Walsh believes she beat Nicola Adams
Feels like gold: Michaela Walsh believes she beat Nicola Adams

Michaela Walsh is gunning for a rematch with her Commonwealth Games rival Nicola Adams.

And the Belfast boxer has vowed to win the fight outright after having a gold medal taken away from her by the judges after a split decision in Glasgow.

Even three days later Michaela's belief that the judges got it wrong hasn't subsided and now she is aiming to set the record straight at the World Championships in South Korea this autumn.

"I'm very proud of my achievement. I was cheated, not defeated," she said.

"I still believe I won the fight. I watched it back and even Amir Khan said he thought I won the fight – it's nice to hear that from a big name like him.

"It was a very close fight, I believe I won, but congratulations to Nicola, she's a fantastic boxer, she's Olympic champion and world number one, but I hope to get a rematch with her in the World Championships later this year.

"Hopefully we get it on again. I'm only a kid and look at the fight I gave her. I shocked her and that's only the start of me.

"The next time I'm going to take it out of the judges' hands."

While Michaela felt that she had won the fight, there is no sense of disappointment from the 21-year-old, who along with Alanna Audley-Murphy, who took bronze, became the first female boxers to win Commonwealth Games medals for Northern Ireland.

"I'm very happy with my achievement. A lot of people didn't know who I was coming into the Games and I've made my mark now on the world stage," said Michaela. "I'm very proud, I would have been happy with any medal and not many people can say they have a Commonwealth Games silver medal."

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