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GB boxers win eleven medals at Commonwealth Games
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Athletes on the GB Boxing squad secured a total of eleven medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow today.
The team has been great. We've are getting better and better as a country, people look at us as a danger country now, with the likes of Russia and Cuba.
Including boxers not yet on the GB Boxing programme, England finished with five gold medals, a silver and a bronze; Scotland won two gold medals and two bronze; and Wales finished with five bronze medallists.
England Boxing's Nicola Adams and Savannah Marshall booked their places in history as the first women boxers to win Commonwealth Games gold.
Opening the finals at flyweight, Olympic champion Adams enjoyed another career-defining moment as she beat Northern Ireland's Michaela Walsh over four two-minute rounds.
The Leeds boxer said: "I always knew it was going to be a tough fight - when you get in the ring for the final it is always going to be tough.
"It was a close contest and that's what you want to see - the best fighting the best. I was confident - you always have to be confident in boxing. If you go in there thinking you're going to lose then you've already lost in my eyes.
"This is up there with my Olympic gold - it's really nice to be able to compete for your country and I was glad I was able to do that today."
Savannah Marshall was beaming as she discovered she had outpointed Canadian Ariane Fortin. The Hartlepool middleweight and current AIBA world champion was never in trouble as she boxed her way to a gold medal.
She said: "I don’t really think about London - it was two years ago now. I'm happy to win a gold medal at a multi-sport event - this is a perfect springboard for the World Championships later this year.
"I think I'm far from my best - my sharpness still needs to come back but that will take time. It does send a message to my rivals that I can win when I'm not at your best but you're only as good as your last fight."
There was disappointment for England's Qais Ashfaq, who wasn’t immediately able to appreciate the achievement of a silver medal so soon after losing out to Northern Ireland’s Michael Conlon. The Burmantofts ABC boxer from Leeds took second place on the podium after three valiant rounds that could have gone either way.
Qais said: "He's an experienced kid and that was a step up in level for me - I think I proved myself well, I only just turned 21 years old and he's an Olympic bronze medallist.
"I'm still learning and still young - it's been an amazing experience. I wanted the gold medal but I met some very good kids on the way and I know I'm at the top level but it just wasn’t my day today."
Scotland's Josh Taylor took gold at 64kg, much to the delight of the home crowd. After beating Namibia's Junias Jonas, he said: "I knew he was going to come out at me in a big last round and I just wanted to make sure I got home safe and make sure I got that gold medal. I didn't want to walk into any silly shots.
"I think I've boxed as well I've ever boxed in this tournament, I've had some world-class performances."
Taylor's England team mate Sam Maxwell was forced to settle with bronze after the two clashed in the semi finals.
Scott Fitzgerald impressed the capacity crowd with a punch perfect display over Mandeep Jangra of India. Fitzgerald gave a stylish performance to take the gold medal at 69kg.
Antony Fowler was relaxed and confident ahead of his clash with India’s Vijender Vijender and lived up to his promise with an indisputable win to take gold at 75kg.
Joe Joyce inflicted a barrage of punches on Australian Joseph Goodall to win the top spot on the podium at 91kg+. He celebrated with a customary somersault, having clinched England’s fifth gold medal.
Joe said: "I've definitely grown as a fighter and I need to keep improving, I've learned that the hard way. I got my preparation right and I came out fast and switched on. I felt in control, he was elusive and hard to hit.
"The team has been great. We've are getting better and better as a country, people look at us as a danger country now, with the likes of Russia and Cuba."
GB Boxing's Welsh repesentatives Ashley Williams (49kg), Joe Cordina (60kg), Lauren Price (75kg) and Sean McGoldrick all won bronze medals in yesterday's semi finals, and Nathan Thorley also won a bronze for Wales at 81kg.
As well as GB's Josh Taylor, Scotland had gold medal success with Motherwell's Charlie Flynn, who gained rapturous applause as he took first place on the podium at 60kg, and Reece McFadden (52kg) and Stephen Lavelle (91kg) won bronze medals.