The tied record of six boxers from Northern Ireland will bid for a Commonwealth Games gold medal at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham tomorrow.
In tonight’s second semi-final, two-time Commonwealth silver medalist Michaela Walsh scored a unanimous 5-0 victory (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-26) over South Africa’s Fivokuhle Mankuni. ) won. Reach your third final on spin.
Narrowly defeated by England’s Nicola Adams six years ago and more controversially by Australia’s Skye Nicholson at Gold Coast in 2018, the Tokyo Olympian will take on Nigerian Elizabeth Oshoba in tomorrow’s featherweight decider.
Meanwhile, 20-year-old Jude Gallagher of Newtown Stewart, County Tyrone, didn’t have to sweat it out to reach his first major Elite final. His Canadian opponent, Keoma-Ali al-Ahmadih, accepted a walk-over. Gallagher will face Ghana’s Joseph Comey, who won his featherweight semi-final by a 4-1 majority decision.
Earlier, world champion Amy Broadhurst defeated Cynthia Ogunsemilor of Nigeria to reach the lightweight final.
The Dundalk Fighter left the class as he won a unanimous 5-0 victory on a scorecard of 30-24, 30-24, 30-26, 30-26, 30-27. She will face England’s Gemma Richardson in the final.
Olympic bronze medalist Aidan Walsh is through to his second Commonwealth final after a 4-1 semi-final win over silver medalist Welsh light middleweight Garan Croft at this year’s European Championships, who the Belfast fighter missed due to injury.
Walsh now defeated the current European gold and silver medalists, as he faced European champion Harris Akbar in the quarterfinals. Walsh was always in control against Croft, leading 3–2 after the first round. He changed to a southeast stance in Round 2 and was cleared by four judges.
This left him in an invincible position as he took a two-point lead on the three judges’ card. He handled the final round comfortably to finish last on the scorecard of 30–27, 30–27, 30–27, 29–28, 27–30, although the Canadian judge’s decision to award all three rounds to his opponent surprised. was about to do to put it mildly.
European silver medalist Dylan Eagleson advanced to the gold medal fight in the bantamweight class, but was contested all the way by Matthew McHale of Scotland. The 19-year-old fighter was on three of the judges’ cards after the first round.
But after six minutes of action, the semi-final was delicately ready: two judges put Eagleson ahead; A judge favored McHale and the contest was on the cards for the remaining two officials. Ultimately, Eagleson prevailed in a split 3–2 decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28, 28–29, 28–29).
He will face Ghana’s Abraham Mensa in the final.
Light flyweight Carly McNall has reached her second Commonwealth final. A silver medalist four years ago in Gold Coast, Australia, she will be aiming to upgrade to gold when she meets India’s Zareen Nikhat tomorrow.
In today’s semi-final she won an easy 5-0 victory (30-24, 3-24, 30-25, 30-25, 30-25) over Teddy Nkinuli (Uganda).
However, there was no joy for lightweight middleweight Eren Nugent, who lost to Rosie Ackles of Wales in her semi-final (30–25, 30–25, 30, 30–25, 30–26, 30–26). However, she does win a bronze medal after returning to the ring this year after an 11-year absence.
In the evening session, the team’s remaining semifinalists, Michaela Walsh (featherweight) and Jude Gallagher (featherweight), will aim to join four of their teammates in tomorrow’s finals.