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Commonwealth Games: Bronze medal means nothing to me, says Northern Ireland boxer McGivern

Northern Irish boxer James McGivern has vowed to improve on his Commonwealth finish in the 2020 Olympic Games.

The St George’s lightweight was beaten by India's Manish Kaushik in Friday's semi-final and said that the resulting bronze medal was scant consolation.

"The bronze? I'm sorry for saying this but it means nothing to me," he told BBC. "There's only one colour means anything to me. The bronze medal will probably go somewhere in the house - I'll maybe give it to my granny or someone.

"What can you do? 20 years of age - I've still got more time.

"None of that will be happening in the Olympics. There will be no bronze medals there. I want to go home, win the Irish Senior, get myself on that Olympic team and away to Tokyo."

McGivern had beaten Zambia's Emmaniel Ngoma and Mauritius boxer Jean Colin to reach the final four and thought he deserved a spot in Saturday's decider.

"I thought I landed more and cleaner punches," he said. "I thought he was chasing me round in circles and wasn't landing too much but what can you do?

"He's a great operator. We had a couple of good spars up in training camp. I would say he'll go on and win it.

"Everyone seemed to enjoy what I was doing. I thought I should have won and I should be in the final. I performed well I think but what can you do?"

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