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Jamie Arthur celebrates gold medal success at the Commonwealth Games
On his way to Commonwealth gold

It's seconds out as Commonwealth gold medallist Jamie Arthur talks about his path to boxing glory.

I moved to Wales from Scotland when I was four years old.

Being small, ginger-haired and Scottish made me an easy target for bullies. I was picked on daily by a group of boys who lived just across the road.

When I was nine I decided to do something about it. That's when I went along to my local boxing club for the first time.

For a month I didn't even tell my parents that I was going there!

Boxing really helped me build up my confidence but it still took four years until I had the confidence to stand up for myself against the bullies.

I can still remember my first proper fight. I was so small my head didn't even come up to the top rope!

I went at it hammer and tongs. It probably looked more like I was swimming than boxing!

My opponent didn't even have the option to throw any punches back! After two standing counts the ref stopped the fight.

Jamie Arthur celebrates gold medal success at the Commonwealth Games
A golden moment!

By the time I was 16 I'd already won four Welsh titles and I'd also represented Wales at football.

I had to make a choice between the two sports. Boxing was what I excelled in and I believe I made the right choice.

Winning gold at the Commonwealth Games was awesome. By far the best moment of my career so far.

Standing on the podium with the Welsh national anthem being played was incredible.

It gives me goosebumps just talking about it!

A few months after that I turned pro. As yet I'm undefeated and my goals are to lift the British and World titles by the time I'm 30.

I want to be the best in the world and I'm going to do everything possible to achieve that.

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Starting out
Turning pro
Fight night

Jamie's facts
Name: Jamie Arthur
Date of Birth: 17 December 1979
Lives: Cwmbran, south Wales
Division: Lightweight
Career highlights: 2002 Commonwealth gold medal winner
Turned pro: November 2002
Record to date: Won 7 (KOs 3) Lost 0 Drawn 0
Ambition: To become British and World champion

:: Jamie Arthur's official website

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