Tuesday 21 October 2014

Adams to face Walsh in final

Published 01/08/2014 | 14:29

Michaela Walsh, pictured, will face Nicola Adams in the flyweight final

Nicola Adams is one fight away from making more women's boxing history after cruising into the final of the flyweight competition at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Adams served up a classy display to comprehensively outpoint Mandy Bujold of Canada and is one win away from being crowned the Games' first women's boxing champion.

Adams will take on Northern Ireland's Michaela Walsh at the 10,000 capacity Hydro Arena on Saturday - a venue twice the size as the one in which she claimed Olympic glory at London 2012.

Adams said: "It's going to be exciting boxing in front of such a big crowd but I know what it's like and I will be taking that experience into the ring with me.

"The first time round it was all new to me but now I'm a lot more experienced and I'm prepared for it."

Walsh edged a tight and absorbing contest against India's Pinki Jangra to realise her long-held dream of a gold medal clash with Adams.

The Belfast 21-year-old struggled initially to get to grips with her opponent's come-forward style but looked more at ease in the later stages and did just enough to deserve her victory.

Walsh said: "Months ago I said my dream was to fight Nicola Adams in the Commonwealth final and when I go to bed tonight I will dream of that gold medal hanging round my neck.

"I know if I perform to the best of my ability I can beat her. She is the golden girl and I'm only a baby but in the ring it's a different story."

England boxer Joe Joyce is guaranteed at least a silver medal after being given a walkover into the men's super-heavyweight final.

Londoner Joyce's Ugandan opponent Mike Sekabembe failed a pre-fight medical meaning Joyce will progress straight into the gold medal match on Saturday.

Reece McFadden's shock run in the men's flyweight division came to an end at the hands of slick Australian Andrew Moloney, who triumphed via a split decision.

Motherwell teenager McFadden had delighted the home fans with wins over world number one Andrew Selby and England's Charlie Edwards.

But he was forced to settle for a bronze medal after Moloney stepped up in the pace in the final round to claim victory by the narrowest of margins.

And Welshman Sean McGoldrick saw the defence of his title slip away after an accidental head clash brought a premature end to his clash with Michael Conlan.

The Northern Ireland man was ruled unfit to continue after sustaining a bloody gash above his right eye and the contest was sent to the scorecards.

Conlan was handed victory by virtue of his stronger first round and McGoldrick said: "It is not the outcome I would have wanted.

"I would rather have gone the three rounds and lost all three rounds to him, he's a world-class fighter."

England bantamweight Qais Ashfaq booked his place in the bantamweight final against Conlan after easily outpointing Benson Njangiru of Kenya.

His team-mate Sam Maxwell was forced to settle for a bronze medal after being outpointed by Great Britain squad team-mate Josh Taylor.

Maxwell's better first round was not rewarded on the scorecards and Taylor's sharper, back-foot style saw him reach Saturday's light-welterweight final.

A gold medal for Taylor in front of his home fans will come in sharp contrast to his early exit from London 2012 but the Prestonpans fighter insisted his Olympic disappointment is in the past.

Taylor said: "I've been dreaming of this moment for four years and I can't wait to win a gold medal in front of the Scottish fans.

"The Olympics have been and gone and I've been looking forward since then. I've put all my losses right and my form has been improving all the time."

Welshman Nathan Thorley was outclassed by Kennedy St Pierre of Mauritius, who won when Thorley's corner threw in the towel midway through the final round.

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