Triple Boxing gold for Northern Ireland


Northern Ireland won three gold medals in the Boxing afternoon session as they close in on the most medals ever won at a single Commonwealth Games.

They won 15 medals in Edinburgh in 1986 and three golds and a silver in the session saw them draw level with that total.

Aidan Walsh won gold in the men’s light middleweight with a unanimous points win over Tiago Osorio Muxanga of Mozambique.

Walsh was quick to give credit to his coaches after the victory that saw him add gold to his welterweight silver on the Gold Coast.

The 25-year-old said: “The coaches we have in Northern Ireland have been the key to all this success. The coaching is brilliant. It is very professional and of course you have to have the boxers to reach the top, but really the coaching is what has made all the difference.

“I’ll celebrate with a chicken chow mein and a coke.

“I’m a good person and the fact that I have a gold medal around my neck won’t change that at all.

“As for what the future holds, we shall see. I don’t know what I am going to do. Whatever happens in the future will happen.

“All I know right now is I beat all the fighters up against me including a really tough kid in the final and I have a gold medal. It is a deserved gold medal.”

Dylan Eagleson was also a unanimous points winner after he took gold with victory over Ghana’s Abraham Mensah in the men’s bantamweight.

Eagleson, 19, said: “To get a silver at the Europeans and now a gold here is beyond my dreams. I can’t believe it has come so quickly.

“I was 4-1 down with the judges after the first round, so I knew what I had to do. I picked up my pace and I think I delivered in the second and third rounds. The judges thought so too.

“I had to change things and I managed to do so. I worked him out a little. I thought I deserved it. I had to adjust but I found a way to win.”

Amy Broadhurst scored a comprehensive points win over Gemma Richardson of England.

Richardson was twice deducted points as Broadhurst won 30-25 on all five judges’ scorecards.

Carly McNaul was the fourth Northern Irish medal winner of the session when she took home silver after a points defeat to India’s Nikhat Zareen in the women’s light flyweight.

Nikhat said: “It feels great to be a Commonwealth champion, especially after becoming a world champion earlier this year. It feels good to win another gold medal for my country. It was a really good fight. She was an experienced fighter, but my only focus was to win this bout.”

Reese Lynch squeezed a split decision victory over Louis Collin of Mauritius to make Scottish boxing history as the team confirmed three gold medals at the same Commonwealth Games for the first time.

The 21-year-old light-welterweight earned the verdict on all but one of the five judges’ cards to emulate his compatriots Sam Hickey and Sean Lazzerini, who won their respective bouts earlier on Sunday.

“I’ve been saying from the start that we can do brilliant things and that put a bit of pressure on me after watching both my team-mates go out there and get gold,” said Lynch, a member of the GB podium squad who won a World Championship medal in 2021.

Local boy Lewis Williams, from the nearby town of Leamington Spa, earned gold in the men’s heavyweight with a points win over Samoa’s Ato Leau Plodzicki-Faoagali.

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