GLASGOW (AFP) – Nicola Adams says she is full of confidence heading into Saturday’s women’s boxing flyweight final at the Commonwealth Games where she will be looking to add Glasgow gold to her Olympic title.
The Englishwoman booked her place in the final by beating Canada’s Mandy Bujold in Friday’s semi-final.
“I am really confident and looking forward to it. It took me a little time to pin her down but once I got my range and timing back it was alright,” Adams said.
Standing between Adams and a gold medal is Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh after she saw off Pinki Rani of India in their semi-final.
England’s Joseph Joyce made it through to the final of the super heavyweight division without having to step into the ring after his semi-final opponent Mike Sekabembe of Uganda failed a medical on Friday morning.
He will be joined by Australian Joseph Goodall who won his fight with Nigeria’s Efe Ajagba.
Fellow English boxer Qais Ashfaq will also be going for gold after he defeated Kenyan Benson Njangiru in their bantamweight semi-final.
Michael Conlan will be his opponent in the final after the Northern Irish boxer won a controversial bout with defending champion Sean McGoldrick of Wales.
The fight was stopped in the second round following an accidental clash of heads which resulted in a cut to Conlan’s head, with the judges awarding the fight to the Northern Irishman.
Host nation Scotland were given something to cheer about when Josh Taylor progressed to the light-welterweight final with a win over England’s Samuel Maxwell.
Waiting for him in the ring will be Junias Jonas who saw of Northern Ireland’s Sean Duffy.
Reece McFadden was unable to add to Scotland’s success in the flyweight division as the 19-year-old lost a split decision to Australia’s Andrew Moloney — a decision the Scottish boxer slammed.
“I thought I did enough to win that fight but the judges gave it the other way. That’s what happens in boxing — it’s corrupt,” McFadden, who takes home a bronze medal, said.
“Everyone knows it is corrupt and I’ve been robbed quite a few times. That wasn’t a big robbery there but I still thought I did enough to win.”
Pakistan’s Muhammad defeated Ghana’s Abdul Omar in the other semi-final.
New Zealand’s David Nyika and Kennedy St Pierre of Mauritius will fight for gold in the light-heavyweight division after they overcome Sean McGlinchy and Nathan Thorley respectively.