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Three Northern Ireland boxers secure medals at Commonwealth Games

By Gareth Hanna

Northern Ireland's medal tally at the Commonwealth Games has doubled within a day.

NI had been assured of three medals until three boxers reached the semi-finals in the Gold Coast, taking the total to six - four from the boxing team.

Michaela Walsh first won her women's featherweight quarter-final tie to progress to the final four and Lisburn's Kurt Walker soon did likewise in the men's bantamweight division.

As if that wasn't good enough, Michaela's welterweight brother Aidan then followed up with a unanimous victory over New Zealand's Leroy Hindley, teeing up a semi-final tie against Fiji boxer Winston Hill.

Michaela's bout against Botswana boxer Keamogetse Kenosi was stopped in the third round, setting up a semi-final match against New Zealand's Alexis Pritchard.

Walker's fight went the distance with the NI man coming out on the right end of a 4-1 split decision against Lesotho's Moroke Mokhotho. He will now face Canada boxer Eric Basran in the semi-final.

Michaela Walsh, of course, brought home a silver medal from the 2014 Commonwealth Games while Walker is hoping to defend the bantwamweight title won by NI's Michael Conlan in 2014. Aidan is competing in his first Commonwealth Games.

Their medals add to the gold won by gymnast Rhys McClenaghan and bronze secured by shooter Gareth McAuley.

Northern Ireland are also assured of a medal in the women's light flyweight boxing, with Kristina O'Hara already through to the semi-finals. She wiill fight New Zealand's Tasmyn Benny for a place in the final.

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