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Nicola Adams wins her Commonwealth Games debut to cap a successful day for GB Boxing
Page last updated at 11:46PM BST, Monday, 28 July 2014
Nicola Adams stepped closer to her dream of winning Commonwealth Games gold on the day she became the first English boxer to compete in the tournament.
On the first day of women's boxing's debut at the Games, Adams gave a commanding performance to take a unanimous decision over Nigerian Oluwatoyin Oladeji at 51kg.
The Leeds boxer scored effectively, unleashing stylish combinations on her opponent to make an impression in her opening bout, delighting the crowd in the process.
Earlier in the day, England's Scott Fitzgerald beat Ghana’s Azumah Mohammed to move into the quarter-finals of the 69kg division.
With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry watching on from the stands, Fitzgerald was edged out in the first round. However, he flew back into the contest to dominate the next two rounds and win by a unanimous decision.
Scott will now face New Zealand’s Bowyn Morgan in the last eight as he goes in search of Commonwealth gold.
He said: 'I’ve got him in the next round and he’s a strong boy, as strong as the guy I’ve just fought so it was a good warm-up. I haven’t felt at my best yet and know I can go up a gear.'
Qais Ashfaq, at 56kg, boxed well to overcome Neo Thamahane of Lesotho on a unanimous decision. The Leeds boxer was pleased to get his first bout of the tournament out of the way, putting in a clever and controlled performance. Qais faces Joe Ham of Scotland in the quarter finals on Wednesday.
At 75kg, Antony Fowler had a tough opponent in Scotland's Kieran Smith. With the Scottish boxer refusing to be intimidated, Fowler played up to a largely home crowd to finish a unanimous winner. He will now box Kenya's Nickson Otieno Abaka to be in with the chance of a medal.
Reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sean McGoldrick (56kg) won a split decision for Wales over Australian Olympian Jackson Woods. Wales also had a winner in Ashley Williams, who beat Juliano Maquina of Mozambique 3:0 at 49kg.
Scotland's boxers continued to impress, with Aqeel Ahmed (49kg) winning a unanimous decision over Kenya's Alumasa Matayo Keya and Joe Ham (56kg) beating Nadir Nadir of Pakistan 3:0.