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Commonwealth Games 2010: Home nations boxers impress

2010 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Venue: Delhi, India Dates: 3-14 October 2010 Coverage: Comprehensive live coverage across BBC TV, radio, online, BBC Red Button, mobile and BBC iPlayer services. Find full coverage details here. And a full schedule of events here.


Steven Ward

Ward fights back to reach semis (UK only)

England and Northern Ireland are guaranteed five Commonwealth Games boxing medals apiece after a successful day for the home nations on Sunday.

Wales and Scotland are guaranteed three medals each, meaning the home nations' final haul will be 16 medals.

English lightweight Tom Stalker was perhaps the standout performer, defeating Australia's Luke Jackson 7-2.

Welsh bantamweight Sean McGoldrick beat Northern Ireland's Tyrone McCullagh 4-3 in one of the closest bouts of the day.

"I came here not expecting to get a medal so now I'm just going to try to win every fight," said the 18-year-old McGoldrick, from Newport. "It was really hard for me in the end and I can't stop smiling."

McGoldrick faces another tough test in Monday's semi-finals against Olympic bronze medallist Bruno Julie from Mauritius. Julie was an impressive winner over Indian favourite Akhil Kumar.

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Liverpool's Stalker, 26, refused to panic after going a point down early on and he will be confident of victory against home fighter Jai Bhagwan.

Stalker said: "I got silver in the European Championships so to come here and get at least bronze means it's been a good year for me. But I don't want to settle for silver or bronze, I want to go back home as a winner.

"I want to beat the Indian boxer. To beat an Indian in his backyard you have to do a lot more - one point is not enough. He is a good boxer, but I have got the tools to beat him."

Scotland lightweight Josh Taylor is also safely through to the semi-finals after his victory over Kautoa Roddy.

Prestonpans' Taylor barely had to break sweat in his one-sided 10-0 victory over Roddy of Kiribati.

Taylor said he hoped his success would rub off on the Scottish team, who currently do not boast a single member of the Great Britain Olympic podium squad.

"It's great for Scottish boxing and hopefully it will give us all a lift," said Taylor.

"We want people to start fearing us instead of seeing us as an easy draw. I'm more focused than ever and I'm going for gold now."

Sedgefield Olympian Bradley Saunders reached the last four of the light-welterweight competition with a rough-and-tumble 11-4 victory over Canada's Yves Ulysse.

At welterweight, England's Callum Smith made history by becoming the third member of his family to win a Commonwealth Games medal - following in the footsteps of brothers Paul and Stephen - in guaranteeing at least a bronze with a 4-0 victory over Scotland's Aston Brown.

Northern Ireland welterweight Paddy Gallagher also advanced with a come-from-behind 7-5 victory over Mujandjae Kasuto of Namibia.

English middleweight Anthony Ogogo trounced Nigerian Lawal Lukmon 10-0 to set up the semi-final he wanted against Indian superstar Vijender Singh, who knocked his Namibian opponent out.

Northern Ireland middleweight Eamonn O'Kane followed Ogogo into the ring and outpointed Samoa's Afaese Fata 7-2 to secure a semi-final against Wales' Keiran Harding, who put in a superb last round to defeat Pakistan's Nisar Khan 5-2.

Belfast light-heavyweight Thomas McCarthy showed composure beyond his years to overcome New Zealand's Reece Papuni 7-2 and, with light-flyweight Paddy Barnes already into the semis, assure Northern Ireland of a fourth medal.

Also at light-heavyweight, Scotland's Callum Johnson upset England's Obed Mbwakongo 6-2 to set up a semi-final against Welshman Jermaine Asare, who had a solid 10-4 victory over Samoa's Filimaua Hala.

And at heavyweight Stephen Simmons overcame a bloodied nose to see off Samir El-Mais of Canada 7-4 and clinch a semi-final bout with Northern Ireland's Steven Ward, who outpointed Manpreet Singh of India.



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