Josh Taylor (64kg) and Charlie Flynn (60kg) booked a place in the finals of the Boxing competition at the XX Commonwealth Games with spectacular performances at the SECC.
Josh – a Silver medallist in Delhi four years ago – looked composed as he took the first two rounds against England’s Sam Maxwell. Josh knew he’d done enough and saw out the fight to get the unanimous decision. He now goes on to fight Junias Jonas in the final tomorrow.
Josh said: “I knew I had the first round and that I’d maybe just edged the second. We’ve been on the GB programme together for years so we know how we fight and I knew what I had to do. I knew what he’d be looking for with me so I worked hard to counter that. Tomorrow will be incredible and I’m set on Gold.”
Charlie, facing a top class fighter in Joe Cordina from Wales, lost the first round but came out spectacularly to take the second and third to book a place in the Gold-Silver bout against Northern Irishman Joe Fitzpatrick tomorrow afternoon.
After the fight Charlie said: “I wanted to get the first round because I knew if I did I’d get the second and third. Losing the first meant I knew I had to get the second and the third. I knew he was a fit boy but he doesn’t like it rough. He’s a classy operator and he likes his own space, but I was roughing him up on the inside and he didn’t like it. Wait until the Hydro comes – it’s going to be something special.”
Following a fantastic Commonwealth Games, Reece McFadden (52kg) will finish with the Bronze medal in the Flyweight category after losing out on a split decision to Andrew Moloney of Australia. In a tight contest, it looked like Reece had done enough, but the 19 year old will still take home the Bronze tomorrow afternoon.
Heavyweight, Stephen Lavelle (91kg) faced David Light of New Zealand in the final semi-final bout of the competition. In a tough bout, Stephen battled well but will come away with the Bronze medal.
The Boxing finals take place in front of over 10,000 fans at the SSE Hydro tomorrow.
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