Siblings Aidan and Michaela Walsh are enjoying every moment of their boxing success as they both prepare to go for gold in Sunday’s Commonwealth Games finals.
The Northern Irish duo both won their semi-final bouts on Saturday, with Aidan beating Wales’ Garan Croft while Michaela won by unanimous decision against South Africa’s Phiwokuhle Sbusisiwe Mnguni.
Both fighters are guaranteed to match their silver medals on the Gold Coast in 2018 and have the chance to upgrade to gold in Birmingham.
Michaela faces Elizabeth Oshoba of Nigeria in her featherweight final, and is bursting with pride at being able to share her Commonwealth experience with her brother.
She said: “Obviously everyone here wants to win a gold medal, especially me, but I’m just in the present moment now the same as Aidan and it’s just one step at a time.
Regardless of the outcome I’m so proud to be in the Commonwealth Games final with my brother
“Regardless of the outcome I’m so proud to be in the Commonwealth Games final with my brother. Not many people can say that I’m just so happy.
“Where we are now is a phenomenal achievement – obviously we want to go one step further, but for now we’re just enjoying the wins we got tonight and tomorrow what will be will be, but we’re ready.”
Aidan, who won a bronze in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, echoed his sister’s sentiment as he prepares to go up against Mozambique’s Tiago Osorio Muxanga in the light middleweight final.
He said: “It’s great because you get to travel the world with someone you love on a daily basis, who I’ve trained with since I was nine years of age so again, what more could you ask for? I’d be greedy if I asked for anything else!
“I’m not even thinking about the gold medal fight. I know I keep saying I’m enjoying this and enjoying that but I’m enjoying being here, but whatever happens happens.”
Although both siblings fought on Saturday, they were unable to see each other due to their preparation and recovery requirements for their own bouts, although Michaela revealed they were still able to support each other from afar.
“Well Aidan, I don’t think Aidan even came to see me!” she joked.
“He’s obviously back getting recovered after the fight he had, but I’m sure he was screaming at the TV when I was getting smashed with that right hand I got caught with.
“You didn’t come over [to see Aidan fight]I was screaming from the bedroom, I’m sure there’s a few noise complaints!
“He performed so well and I’m so proud to be in the final with Aidan and the rest of my team-mates.
“I want to enjoy the moment, obviously it’s something I’ve dreamed about for many years and if I do it with my brother it’ll be unbelievable.”
Carly McNaul, Dylan James Eagleson, Amy Sara Broadhurst and Jude Gallagher will also go for gold for Northern Ireland after victories in their women’s light flyweight, men’s bantamweight, women’s lightweight and men’s featherweight finals.
Hosts England will go for gold in five finals.
Delicious Orie goes for glory in the men’s super heavyweight, Leamington’s Lewis Williams in the men’s heavyweight, Gemma Richardson in the women’s lightweight, Kiaran McDonald in the men’s flyweight and Demie-Jade Resztan in the women’s minimum weight.
For all of today’s semi-final results go here.