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Brit Boxers Do Us Proud
Posted Oct 15, 2010 by Shaun Edwards
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Lastweek, we asked which of our British boxers would have the best chance atobtaining a gold medal at the commonwealth games. Fortunately, the young men flying the flag on our behalfhave gone out and dominated the boxing competitions, posting not one but fourgold medals!
Primarycongratulations have to go to the Northern Ireland bruiser Paddy Barnes. The light flyweight had been earmarkedby more or less everyone (Imagine included!) to bring home at least a medal forhis country, but he has done his whole country proud by bringing back the Goldafter defeating the Namibian Jafet Uutoni 8-4. Not only is this an amazing achievement for Barnes himself,it was also his country’s first Boxing gold for 16 years, so manycongratulations to a young man who is very likely to turn professional quitesoon.
However,the day wasn’t over for Northern Ireland. Barnes’ countryman Paddy Gallagher then won the welterweight gold with atriumph over the Englisman Callum Smith in an all-British final. In a day that will have sent cheersringing through the underdog nation, both men really have brightened up thefuture of Irish Boxing.
The themeof an all British final continued through the day, as Gallagher and Barnes’other team-mate took on Scotland’s Callum Johnson in the light heavyweightfinal, with Johnson coming out on top in a rather one side affair thatconcluded with an 8-1 scoreline.
However,the highlander’s victory chants were fairly short lived as their othercountry’s representative Josh Taylor came out to attempt to gain gold in thelightweight fight from England’s Tom Stalker, in yet another all Britishfinal. However, utilising much thesame dominance as the Scots had earlier used, Stalker pushed and worked hardand came out of the final with a decisive 11-3 victory.
The onlycountry not to come out of the fight with a Gold medal was unfortunately Wales,but it wasn’t for want of trying. Sean McGoldrick fought a valiant bout against the Sri Lankan ManjuWanniarachchi, but ended up with the Silver Medal after losing to the SriLankan – who was 12 years his senior – on a narrow count back decision, 16-14.
Manycongratulations to all the gold medal boxers from the home countries: at thisrate, the future of British boxing really does look amazing!