World champion Amy Broadhurst, Olympic bronze medalist Aidan Walsh and European silver medalist Dylan Eagleson are in the Commonwealth Games quarterfinals in Birmingham today.
The Northern Ireland squad has already bagged three bronze medals and have a chance to add five more medals today.
Northern Ireland boxers won eight medals, six silver and two bronze medals at the last Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in 2018.
In her first fight since winning the gold medal at the World Championships in Istanbul in May, Amy Broadhurst met Felisters Nkandu of Zambia in the quarterfinals of the lightweight division this evening’s session.
Tokyo Olympian Michaela Walsh, ranked fifth in the world, meets Kemogelse Kenosi of Botswana in the quarterfinals of the featherweight division in the afternoon session.
His brother Aidan, who already has victories under his belt in Birmingham, aims to at least grab a bronze medal when he is Mohamed Harris of England, the current European champion in the light middleweight category.
European Championship boxer Dylan Eagleson is aiming to add a Commonwealth medal to his collection when he takes on Mazambique’s Armando Sigouk in the bantamweight quarterfinals.
Others meet Jack Dodd of Wales, including Northern Ireland fighter Clapson dos Santos Paiva (flyweight) in the quarter-finals.
The three fighters already guaranteed bronze medals are Carly McNall (light-fly), Erene Nugent (light middleweight) – who made a successful return to competitive boxing after an 11-year lay-off – and 20-year-old featherweight Jude Gallagher.
The youngster from Newtown Stewart in County Tyrone has emerged as one of the stars of the tournament, with matchroom boss Eddie Hearn taking part in his final two bouts.
On Monday, he held off England’s Niall Farrell in the first round and delivered a surefire performance against Pakistan’s Ilyas Hussain in last night’s quarter-finals.
Coached in Ireland by Eric Donovan, Gallagher will try to follow in the footsteps of Olympians Michael Conlan and Kurt Walker, who won medals in this weight category at the last Commonwealth Games.
Gallagher has yet to win an Irish elite title, but the IABA will be hoping he will remain in the amateur ranks until after the Paris Olympics in at least two years’ time.
All semi-finals are to be held in Birmingham on Saturday. Gallagher meets Leoma-Ali Al-Ahmadih of Canada in his last four bout. The gold medal matches will be held at the NEC on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Irish fighter Callum Walsh, 21, is aiming for four wins on his spin in his burgeoning professional career in California early tomorrow morning.
The Cork native only made his professional debut in December, but has already attracted the attention of some of the most influential figures in the pro game.
He impressed world-renowned trainer Freddie Roach in his first sparring session after an unannounced arrival at the famous wild card boxing gym in Hollywood.
Roach persuaded Tom Loeffler, who promoted longtime middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin and heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, to join Walsh’s career.
Through Loeffler, Walsh was introduced to UFC President Dana White, one of the most powerful figures in the sport of war worldwide. White saw Walsh live in his last fight in May when he knocked out his opponent after a minute and 48 seconds.
“Callum just looked amazing. People are attracted to him and they were going crazy for him,” White said.
His fight tonight – a scheduled six-round super welterweight event – against 38-year-old veteran Benjamin Whitaker (15 wins, 8 losses) at Quiet Cannon Country Club in Montebello will be streamed on the UFC Fight Pass streaming channel.