Commonwealth Games semi-finals preview and Team Wales bout times

Commonwealth Games semi-finals preview and Team Wales bout times

The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are coming to a close and as it does, five Welsh boxers come closer to finding out their fate. All of them are guaranteed at least a bronze medal but all also hope to convert the colour to a silver or even better, an historic gold.  Newport’s Sean McGoldrick has a chance to secure appearances at back-to-back Commonwealth Games finals when he locks horns with Irish bantamweight (56KG) Mick Conlan. The pair meet in the semi-finals at 2:00pm. The Irishman is well known to Welsh fight fans due to his two wars with Andrew Selby while at flyweight and his style should gel well with McGoldrick’s, both are front foot fighters and this could produce another all action encounter. St Joseph’s McGoldrick has ambitions to be Wales’ first ever two time Commonwealth Games gold medallist but Conlan, the tournament favourite, will be his toughest test yet. Splott’s Nathan Thorley has lived up to his ‘Thunder’ nickname so far with two first round victories in the preliminary contests and a hat-trick would be a remarkable result for the Welshman. Mauritius’ Kennedy St Pierre stands in Thorley’s way and they will meet at 3:00pm. The current Welsh champion medalled with a silver at the recent Gee Bee tournament in Finland earlier this year but by guaranteeing a bronze at the Commonwealth Games, Thorley has made his biggest mark yet and anything more than his current coloured medal will be a massive bonus to the light-heavyweight (81KG). Bargoed’s southpaw Lauren Price has already made history as the first female Welsh boxer to win a medal at a major international multi-sport event but should she reach the final, Price will have taken huge steps in building a long lasting legacy. The First Lady of Welsh boxing will fight Canada’s Ariane Fortin at 7:00pm in the middleweight (75KG) semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games. If Price is to convert her bronze medal to a silver, she will have to avenge a points defeat to Fortin that she suffered in May. Team Captain Ashley Williams‘ hard work has paid off by securing at least a bronze medal but he’s not content with it. The light-flyweight (49KG) has progressed from the army’s boxing team to win his first major international medal and he doesn’t show any signs of stopping there. To reach the final, Williams must overcome India’s skilful Devendro Laishram and he will attempt to do so at 7:30pm. There are few boxers fitter than Williams, who serves as a Lance Corporal in the armed forces, and if a day’s recovery has been enough for him then Laishram will be made to work hard for everything in this bout. Cardiff’s Joe Cordina has had arguably the toughest route of any Welsh boxer to the medal stages but the St Joseph’s boxer has shone. The lightweight (60KG) has flown the flag for Wales with performances that have shown a bit of everything and he’ll need to call on that variety to beat home boxer Charlie Flynn. Three Welsh boxers have so far fought Scottish opposition but they’ve all been defeated but Cordina will aim to stop the rot at 8:00pm in Team Wales’ last semi-final.

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