Saturday 27 December 2014

Fiery Flynn bags Scotland gold

Published 02/08/2014 | 16:59

Charlie Flynn, pictured, won a unanimous decision in his gold medal bout against Joe Fitzpatrick
Charlie Flynn, pictured, won a unanimous decision in his gold medal bout against Joe Fitzpatrick

Motherwell lightweight Charlie Flynn was crowned Commonwealth Games boxing champion after a fiery win over Northern Ireland's Joe Fitzpatrick at the Hydro in Glasgow.

Flynn's accurate, front-foot style enabled him to keep the rangier Fitzpatrick at bay and claim Scotland's first gold medal of the Games.

The 20-year-old had caused something of an upset by coming from behind to outpoint Welshman Joe Cordina in the semi-finals.

And despite sustaining a cut over his right eye early in the fight, Flynn boxed with maturity to control the contest throughout and thoroughly deserved his unanimous points win.

Flynn, who jumped onto a corner post in celebration at the final bell, looked overwhelmed when the decision was announced.

Josh Taylor survived a torrid final round to win a second gold medal for the host nation in the men's light-welterweight category.

Taylor's clever, back-foot boxing helped keep Namibia's Junias Jonas at bay for the first half of the contest but his opponent was to prove no pushover.

Taylor's cleaner work proved decisive but Jonas still succeeded in drawing the Scotsman into a fight and doggedly pursued him round the ring in the final round.

But there was no doubt Taylor deserved to win all three rounds on all the judges' cards, bringing the first finals session to an end in style.

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