Saturday 18 January 2020

Irish siblings guaranteed at least bronze medals in Commonwealth Games

Michaela Walsh, left
Michaela Walsh, left

Sean McGoldrick

Siblings Michaela and Aidan Walsh have guaranteed themselves bronze medals at least after winning their respective quarter-finals in the boxing tournament at the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast.

Michaela, who won a silver medal as flyweight in the last Games in Glasgow, is assured of a bronze medal in the featherweight division after a stoppage win over Botswana's Keamogetse Kenosi.

Later, Michaela's brother Aidan reached the semi-final of the welterweight class with a unanimous 5-0 win over New Zealander Leroy Hindley, though the scoring cards for the fight were interesting to put it mildly. One judge had Walker winning by just a single point whereas another official give the Irishman man the decision by six points.

European bronze medallist Kurt Walker also advanced to the semi-final with a 4-1 verdict in the bantamweight division.

But there was no joy for heavyweight Damien Sullivan who dropped a 1-4 decision against Australian Jason Whateley while Stephen McMonagle lost 5-0 to New Zealander Patrick Mailata in the super heavyweight quarter final.

The Irishman suffered knock downa in the first and second rounds and both boxers were docked a point in the second round for holding,  but the intervention of the referee didn’t impact on the overall result.

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