Team Scotland boxers Reece McFadden and John Docherty will take home bronze medals from the 2018 Commonwealth Games, after losing out in their respective semi-finals at Oxenford Studios today.
First up, Reece faced Northern Ireland fighter Brendan Irvine, with the Motherwell Boxer looking sharp throughout the three rounds. McFadden looked to land the majority of the punches and had the Australian crowd in raptures throughout. At the close of three rounds, the judges awarded the bout to the Northern Irishman to the surprise of most in the arena.
Afterwards Reece said: “I thought I boxed really well. I caught him with the cleaner shots. I thought I won that fight. I’m devastated. I came here for gold and I believe I won that fight. I was enjoying myself throughout. I’ve been boxing since I was seven years-old and I know when I win.”
In the evening session, John faced the talented Cameroon fighter Dieudonne Wilfried Seyi Ntsengue, who has been impressing the Australian crowds with his aggressive style. John started well, but couldn’t get the better of the African Middleweight, who must now be the favourite for gold going into tomorrow’s final bout.
Reflecting on the fight, John said: “Bronze feels good but to be honest I’m sick. I’ve trained hard for that gold medal and I’m so disappointed not to get it. I tried to box him, but he was too long in reach and awkward. After that I had to take it to him. I’ve had four hard fights and I felt it in there tonight. I’ve beaten some good boys on the way but I know I could have done better tonight.”
Both boxers will collect their medals tomorrow following the conclusion of the gold medal bouts at Oxenford Studios.