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Conlan & Barnes make gold medal bout

Updated: Friday, 01 Aug 2014 21:31 | Comments

Michael Conlan (Red) in action against Wales' Sean Mcgoldrick (Blue) Michaela Walsh will face the Olympic champion Nicola Adams in the final of the flyweight division
Michael Conlan (Red) in action against Wales' Sean Mcgoldrick (Blue) Michaela Walsh will face the Olympic champion Nicola Adams in the final of the flyweight division

Schedule: 
Michaela Walsh
– Fly 48-51kg – beat Pinki Rani
Michael Conlan - Bantam 56kg - beat Sean McGoldrick
Sean Duffy - Light Welter 64kg - lost to Junias Jonas
Sean McGlinchy - Light Heavy 81kg - lost to David Nyika
Alanna Audley-Murphy 57-60kg - lost to Shelley Watts
Paddy Barnes – Light Fly 49kg - beat Fazil Juma Kaggwa
Joe Fitzpatrick - Light 60kg beat Michael Alexander
Steven Donnelly - Welter 69kg lost to Mandeep Jangra 
Connor Coyle - Middle 72kg lost to Vijender Vijender

Michael Conlan has progressed to the final of the Commonwealth Games after beating Wales’ Sean McGoldrick in the bantamweight semi-final in Glasgow.

The fight was stopped in the second round following an accidental clash of heads, which left a nasty gash on Conlan’s forehead.

The ringside doctor took two looks at the cut and called off the fight as the blood seeped out and covered one side of the Belfast boxer’s face.

Conlan started the fight in style, winning the opening round in a convincing manner, using his strong jab to keep the reigning champion at bay.

McGoldrick tried to draw the Belfast boxer into a scrap in the second round but Conlan remained composed, picking his shots and maintaining his jab from distance.

Then the clash of heads came after a tangle between the two boxers, with Conlan coming out the worse for wear but securing the bout in the process.

McGoldrick may feel he was unlucky to see the fight stopped, which prevented him from getting a chance to fight his way back into the contest.

Yet the early stoppage probably would not have made any difference as Conlan looked to have the measure of his opponent, switching styles from orthodox to southpaw at will as he outclassed the Welshman.

Conlan will face England's Qais Ashfaq in the final.

Paddy Barnes comfortably made it through to the final of the men's light flyweight division. 

He won in a unanimous decision against Ugandan Fazil Juma Kaggwa and will fight on Saturday to add to the gold medal he won in Delhi four years ago.

Earlier, Michaela Walsh made it through to the gold medal fight at the Commonwealth Games after scoring a split-decision victory over Pinki Rani in Glasgow this afternoon.

Using her height and reach advantage, Walsh’s jab proved very effective picking off her Indian opponent, who was swinging wildly but rarely connecting in the latter stages.

It was a slow start for Walsh, which probably led to the split decision with Rani edging the opening round, but the Holy Family fighter showed her class as the fight progressed and took the final two rounds, winning the contest 2:0 on a split decision.

Walsh will now face Olympic champion, England’s Nicola Adams in Saturday's flyweight final.

Joe Fitzpatrick will get a chance to fight for a gold medal after he got the unanimous vote against Michael Alexander in the Light (60kg) division. 

Meanwhile, in the light welterweight semi-final, Sean Duffy was easily beaten by Junias Jonas as the Namibian outclassed the county Armagh boxer in all three rounds. 

Sean McGlinchy also had to settle for a bronze medal, losing to New Zealand’s David Nyika in the light heavyweight semi-final.

Australian Shelley Watts defeated Alanna Audley-Murphy in the Women’s 60kg semi-final.

Australian Watts took all four rounds unanimously, staying at range and picking her shots, but Audley-Murphy showed great courage throughout, coming forward all the time.

The 28-year-old Eastside ABC takes home a bronze medal for her efforts, while Watts goes into the final as favourite. 

Steven Donnelly will also have to be content with a bronze medal after he lost out to India's Mandeep Jangra in the semi-final of the Welter 69kg division.

The same colour medal goes to Connor Coyle after he lost out to Vijender Vijender in the Middle 72kg division.  

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