From the first chime of the ring-bell, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Boxing competition has been packed full of powerful punches, fantastic footwork and knockout blows. With more in store for fans this really could be the best display of Commonwealth Boxing ever!
Today’s sessions take place on the six-metre square ring at the SECC Precinct, where four of Scotland’s best Boxing hopefuls will battle it out against their Commonwealth rivals to earn a coveted place in the Semi-finals.
With higher hopes than ever placed on Team Scotland to increase their tally of 15 Gold Boxing medals, will today’s competitors handle the pressure?
Reece McFadden (SCO) v Oteng Oteng (BOT)
Men’s Fly (52kg) Quarter-finals (13.00–16.30)
This 19 year old from Motherwell beat the world’s top amateur flyweight Andrew Selby (WAL) last Friday night before defeating England’s Charlie Edwards in front of a roaring crowd on Sunday. This afternoon he’ll face Botswana’s Oteng Oteng – one of Africa’s top medal hopes for the Games – in a tense Quarter-final.
“I'm in the fittest shape of my life right now” says a confident Reece. “I'm ready for a Gold medal this year – I have the heart of a lion!”
Ross Henderson (SCO) v Joseph Joyce (ENG)
Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) Quarter-finals (13.00–16.30)
Ross delivered Team Scotland’s first Boxing win of the Games last Friday, overcoming India’s Parveen Kumar to reach today’s Quarter-final.
“The crowd were absolutely incredible” says Ross. “They really spurred me on in the ring. I fed off their enthusiasm and it paid off for me.”
He’ll face a fierce home nation showdown with England’s Joseph Joyce, who comfortably beat the Seychelles’ Keddy Agnes to reach the Quarter-final.
Charlie Flynn (SCO) v Jessie Lartey (GHA)
Men's Light (60kg) Quarter-finals (18.30–22.45)
Motherwell’sCharlie Flynn stepped up from the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games to defeat Australia’s Nick Cooney with a unanimous points decision on Sunday. He’ll face Ghana’s Jessie Lartey in tonight’s Quarter-final.
Trained by the father of former two-time world champion Scott Harrison, Charlie highlights the importance of home crowd support in his fights.
"The atmosphere from the crowd has been unbelievable. To know you've got the whole country behind you is very special."
Zack Davies (WAL) v Josh Taylor (SCO)
Light Welter (64kg) Quarter-finals (18.30–22.45)
Edinburgh’s Josh Taylor – who took home Silver from the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games – beat Richarno Colin of Mauritius last Sunday to earn himself a place in tonight’s Quarter-final. He’ll fight Zack Davies of Wales, who beat Botswana’s Kagiso Bagwasi in his opening match.
"It's another tough fight, but I've sparred with Zack before and I know what to do to come out on top against him” comments Josh. “I'm confident of another victory.”
Do you want to be at the heart of the action? There are still some great opportunities for Boxing tickets, especially for today’s afternoon session. Tickets start at just £30, so don’t miss your chance to see the Commonwealth’s best athletes compete for medal glory!
All sales are now ‘for collection’, so you can buy from the Ticketing website or from the Ticket Hotline on 0800 458 2014*, then collect the tickets at our city centre George Square Ticket Office or a Venue Ticket Office.