Nathan Thorley – Commonwealth Games preview

Nathan Thorley – Commonwealth Games preview

Name: Nathan Thorley. Weight: Light-heavyweight (81KG). Club: Splott ABC. Prediction: Quarter-finals. It didn’t look like Nathan Thorley would be attending the Commonwealth Games but one way or another, the 21-year-old has kept working and earned a place in Glasgow to attend his first major tournament. The Splott light-heavyweight, formerly of St Joseph’s Cardiff, suffered defeat in the 2012 and 2013 Welsh Senior Championships, both to Merthyr’s Morgan Jones but when he moved down to middleweight this year, Thorley seized the opportunity and he dominated the rest of the competition. Thorley showed a bit of everything as he beat Lawrie Davies via third round stoppage and he went on to out-class Prizefighter Boxing Club’s game Sharif Mohamed in the final. Following this, Thorley annexed a silver medal at the Gee Bee tournament in Finland, impressively winning his opening two bouts before running in to Italy’s excellent Simone Flori in the final, losing on points without any shame. Despite the podium success, Thorley would later find himself off the name sheet for the Commonwealth Games. The Welshman wasn’t given any time to feel sorry for himself, though… When two-time Welsh middleweight senior champion Jamie Evans withdrew, Thorley was given a lifeline. Along with fellow light-heavyweight Calum Evans, Thorley travelled to Wales’ tour of Canada and he had one last chance to impress the squad nominators and selectors. Thorley lost his first bout to Canada’s Brody Blair but he made amends with a win in his second contest, this time over Richard MacDonald – who Evans beat in his only bout. It was enough for Head Coach Colin Jones and Performance Director James Thomas to give Thorley the nod. The Cardiff born boxer has never been short of bottle and has sometimes been guilty of leaving his chin in the air when being too willing to go to war. However, under the watchful eye of club coach James Mwasigallah, Thorley’s technical faults have lessened and he’s retained his awkward style which opponents can struggle to get to grips with. IMAGE BY KRIS AGLAND.

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