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Walsh makes boxing history in Glasgow

Updated: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 07:42 | Comments

Michael Conlan has said that nothing other than gold is good enough in Glasgow
Michael Conlan has said that nothing other than gold is good enough in Glasgow

Michaela Walsh made boxing history as she became the first woman to win a fight at the Commonwealth Games.

The Holy Family fighter beat Thessa Dumas from Mauritius 51kg in her last-16 clash in the inaugural women’s boxing contest in Glasgow.

Walsh will now fight Jamaica’s Sarah Joy Rae in the quarter-finals and victory in that bout would guarantee a medal for the Irish champion. 

Irish Olympic bronze medallist Michael Conlan is also one win away from a medal at the Glasgow Games.

The Belfast boxer beat the world's third ranked bantamweight Shiva Thapa to reach the quarter-finals in Scotland.  

A win would secure Conlan at least a bronze medal.  

Conlan's last-16 win over the Asian Games gold medallist was a unanimous points decision.

Elsewhere, Derry middleweight Connor Coyle beat Dennis Thomas of Guyana on a unanimous points decision to progress into the last eight where he will face Siphiwe Lusizi of South Africa.

However, Coyle was not happy with his lacklustre performance in the second round.

He said: "I fell asleep in the second round and I knew I had to pick it up in the last round.

"You get those days when you fall asleep and you have to give yourself a kick and pick it up.

"I had to dig deep and push on but I enjoyed it."

Paddy Barnes claimed a convincing victory in his light-flyweight division, beating Tanzanian opponent Hamadi Furahisha on a TKO, with the referee stopping the bout a minute from the end of the third round.

Steven Donnelly also produced a near flawless performance to ease past Tonga's Oscar Finau in the 69kg welterweight division.

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