Sunday 26 October 2014

Michael Conlan: 'Tomorrow will be a golden day'

Paddy Barnes and Michaela Walsh also through to final

Mark Staniforth

Published 01/08/2014 | 21:15

Northern Ireland's Michael Conlan celebrates beating Wales' Sean Mcgoldrick
Northern Ireland's Michael Conlan celebrates beating Wales' Sean Mcgoldrick

Michael Conlan is convinced he will pass a pre-fight medical and go on to achieve his aim of Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow.

The Belfast fighter booked his place in the bantamweight final on a technical decision after a cut over his left eye brought a premature to his bout with Welshman Sean McGoldrick.

Fellow Irishman Paddy Barnes is also through to the final following his comfortable semi-final win over Fazil Juma Kaggwa from Uganda.

Conlan, whose face was running with blood, was given the verdict midway through round two by virtue of being ahead on the three judges' scorecards.

Northern Ireland's Paddy Barnes (red) celebrates against Uganda's Fazil Juma Kaggwa
Northern Ireland's Paddy Barnes (red) celebrates against Uganda's Fazil Juma Kaggwa

And he is confident he will convince the doctor he is fit to face England's Qais Ashfaq in Saturday's final when he undergoes his routine pre-fight examination.

Conlan, who was also cut on the top of his head in his first-round win over Matthew Martin, said: "I felt the cut straight away but it was cleaned up well but the doctor and I will be in the ring tomorrow.

"I've never been cut on the face or the head in my life until this tournament so it's a bit unfortunate, but I've had it glued and it will be okay.

"I was happy with the way I boxed before it was stopped and I am just happy to be in the final. Tomorrow is going to be a golden day."

Conlan's Northern Ireland team-mate Michaela Walsh moved through to face Olympic champion Nicola Adams in the women's flyweight final.

The Belfast 21-year-old came through against tough Indian Pinki Rani, edging the final two rounds with her cleaner, counter-punching style in order to make sure on the scorecards.

 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."

Northern Ireland light-welterweight Sean Duffy was outpointed by Junias Jonas and light-heavyweight Sean McGlinchy also lost on points to David Nyika of New Zealand.

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