Sean McGoldrick earns consecutive medals at the Commonwealth Games

Sean McGoldrick earns consecutive medals at the Commonwealth Games

By Dewi Powell: Earlier this afternoon, Newport‘s Sean McGoldrick secured a consecutive Commonwealth Games medal as he beat South Africa’s Ayabonga Sonjica on points to book place in the semi-finals and guarantee at least a bronze medal.

McGoldrick’s club coach Tony Borg had travelled to Glasgow to watch his boxer and it proved to be a worth while trip despite the tension in the air as the Split Decision scores were read out. The 22-year-old Welshman showed all of his endeavour in his second come-from-behind victory of the competition.

The St Joseph’s bantamweight was out-boxed in the opener but he persisted and found a lot of success in the second round with body shots. They paid off and were effective in slowing the taller Sonjica who squared up enough for McGoldrick to impose his strength.

There was little to separate the boxers in the final round but McGolrick’s effective aggression persuaded the judges to give him the benefit of the doubt. McGoldrick is hoping to repeat the feat from 2010 when he travelled to Delhi, India where he eventually gained a gold medal. If McGoldrick is to take another gold, he would make history as the first Welshman to retain a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

However, standing in McGoldrick’s way for a place in the final is Ireland’s excellent Michael Conlan who Welsh fight fans may remember for two all action wars with Andrew Selby while at flyweight. McGoldrick’s fellow Team GB squad member, Qais Ashfaq of England is on the other side of the draw, he faces Scotland’s Joe Ham.

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