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Brave Nugent must settle for bronze as Eccles wins semi-final bout

There are six more semi-finals to come for Team NI


Eireann Nugent won bronze in Birmingham.

Eireann Nugent won bronze in Birmingham.


Eireann Nugent won bronze in Birmingham.

Brave Eireann Nugent was forced to settle for a Commonwealth bronze after Welsh woman Rosie Eccles won their Light Middleweight semi-final by a unanimous decision.

In the first round, Eccles dictated proceedings landing several telling blows, with the Welsh winning taking the round 10-9.

It was more of the same in the second round, with Nugent receiving a standing count from the referee. All five judges scored the round 10-8 in Eccles’ favour.

However, Nugent did not surrender. The Northern Irish fighter – who returned to boxing last year after 11 years out of the ring – produces some powerful blows. However, a counterpunch from Eccles lead to another standing count for Nugent.

While Eccles proceeds to tomorrow’s gold medal match, Nugent can take pride in her performances in Birmingham that were enough to secure a hard-earned bronze medal.

Northern Irish fight fans have another six semi-finals to look forward to tonight.

At 2.30pm, Ormeau Road boxer Carly McNaul takes on Uganda’s Teddy Nakimuli in the Light Flyweight’s semi-final. It’s Dylan Eagleson’s turn at 3pm. The Bangor teenager goes toe-to-toe with Scotland’s Matthew McHale in the Bantamweight last four clash.

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Next up is Amy Broadhurst at 3.45pm. She will face Nigeria’s Cynthia Ogunsemilore in the Lightweight division. Aidan Walsh will enter the ring at 4.30pm, where he will fight Wales’ Garan Croft for a place in the men’s Light Middleweight final.

Jude Gallagher enters the fray at 7.15pm. He will face Canada’s Keoma-Ali Al-Ahmadieh at Featherweight level. The last of the magnificent seven is Michaela Walsh, at 7.30pm. The Belfast woman will take on South Africa’s Phiwokuhle Sbusisiwe Mnguni.

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