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Belfast boxer Michael Conlan just one win away from clinching Commonwealth medal after second win in Glasgow

Belfast Olympic boxing champ Michael Conlan is now just one win away from clinching a medal after defeating Shiva Thapa from India on a unanimous decision.

He's now the fifth boxer from Northern Ireland to reach the last eight.

Shortly after his win in Glasgow he tweeted: "That's the second one out of the way against world no.3 ranked boxer, happy with the win even tho it was scrappy!"

On Monday afternoon, Conlan finished ahead on all three judges' scorecards in the 56kg contest.

Opening up the entire boxing competition at the Commonwealth Games last week, the Olympic bronze medalist started his campaign for gold with a unanimous points victory over Nauru teen Matthew Martin in the bantamweight division.

The fight was not without its drama as Conlan suffered a cut to the head in the third and final round which led to blood streaming down his face.

After a quick patch up and check from officials to ensure the cut wasn't serious, Conlan finished the job.

Meanwhile, Scottish light-flyweight medal hope Aqeel Ahmed gave himself the perfect birthday present with victory over Alumasa Matayo Keya in their clash at Glasgow's SECC but was left unable to enjoy a slice of birthday cake.

The unanimous points win over the Kenyan on the day he turned 22 left the Motherwell boxer - born in Dundee to parents of Pakistani origin - overjoyed in front of some family who had never seen perform before.

However, still having to make the 49kg limit for his quarter-final clash with India's Devendro Laishram on Wednesday, Ahmed had to leave the celebrations to others.

He said: "I had a lot of pressure with it being my birthday, my niece's first birthday as well, and family who have never seen me before came today.

"It was the first time my sister-in-law, brother had been to see me so this fight meant a lot. I was go glad to get a win for all of them.

"Also, it is Eid which is a Muslim tradition, equivalent to Christmas, so it is a big day and a big day for the Asian community as well.

"But I've got to make the weight again. I can't even enjoy a bit of cake. But nothing will beat this as a present, winning here.

"I am pleased to get it out of the way. I was a bit nervous and a bit worried but once I was in there I knew I could win.

"That's the first one, that's the ring rust out of the way."

Further reading

Commonwealth Games: Michaela leads the way in Games' first women's bout

Bloodied Michael Conlan proves that he's a cut above the rest at Commonwealth Games

Conlan wants only one colour medal


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