Wednesday 22 October 2014

Only gold will do for Conlan after reaching semi-finals

Bernard O'Neill

Published 31/07/2014 | 02:30

Northern Ireland's Michael Conlan (red) in action against Uganda's Bashir Nasir in the Men's Bantam (56kg) Quarter-final 1 match at the SECC, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 30, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Boxing. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation.
Northern Ireland's Michael Conlan (red) in action against Uganda's Bashir Nasir in the Men's Bantam (56kg) Quarter-final 1 match at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

AIBA world No 2 bantam Michael Conlan has once again stressed that gold is his only aim at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

Conlan, Paddy Barnes, Michaela Walsh and Alanna Audley-Murphy all secured at least a bronze medal with quarter-final wins in Glasgow.

Conlan, a bronze medallist for Ireland at the 2012 Olympics, comfortably beat Uganda's Bashir Nasir on a unanimous decision.

"You're always happy when you win a medal and I have bronze, but I'd be very disappointed if I ended up with that or silver," he said. "I want gold, I want to keep that winner's mentality. I'm happy with my performance today, but I had to be careful with the guy as he was dangerous (with his head)."

Meanwhile, Walsh and Audley-Murphy became the first Northern Ireland female boxers to win Commonwealth medals after wins over Jamaica's Sarah Jay Rae and Dominica's Valerian Spicer.

SPLIT

Audley-Murphy earned a split decision when it went back to the judges after a majority draw.

Barnes blasted out his second inside-the-distance win this week with a third-round TKO of Papa New Guinea light-fly Charles Keama. Keama, who was switching from southpaw to orthodox to try and deal with the formidable arsenal of the world No 3, took two standing counts. Barnes was looking for a stoppage: "The longer you are in there the more you are at risk of getting a stray headbutt."

Stephen Donnelly and Connor Coyle completed a perfect day with unanimous decisions over Canada's Custio Clayton and South Africa's Lusizi Siphiwe in the welter and middleweight classes last night.

In the professional game, Irish middleweight Matthew Macklin will headline against Argentina's Jorge Sebastian Heiland at the National Stadium on August 30.

Olympic champion Anthony Joshua meets Yaroslav Zavorotnyi and Cork's Gary O'Sullivan goes head to head with Dublin's Anthony Fitzgerald in a grudge match.

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