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TEAM NI: Boxer Michaela Walsh makes Commonwealth Games history

Northern Ireland's Michaela Walsh (red) celebrates her win against Mauritius' Thessa Dumas

Northern Ireland's Michaela Walsh (red) celebrates her win against Mauritius' Thessa Dumas

Team NI boxer Michaela Walsh made history on Monday night in Glasgow as she became the first female to box in the Commonwealth Games.

Wash, who was pictured with Dame Mary Peters on a SportNInet Tweet later, defeated her opponent Mauritius’ Thessa Dumas by a unanimous decision.

The 21-year-old flyweight is now through to the quarter finals on Wednesday where she’ll face Jamaica’s Joy Sarah Rae.

Speaking after her fight, Michaela said: “It was brilliant to be the first woman to fight and win. I was just so excited to get in there, I was like a kid on Christmas morning.

“I came to the arena early to watch Paddy and Stevy and when they say Northern Ireland and you hear the crowd going mad, it’s unbelievable.

She added: “I’ve got my family here to watch and I was trying to stay focused. I felt like I was winning the fight comfortably but I was getting caught with some stupid shots too so I’ll learn from that and I’ll move forward to my next performance.

Looking ahead to Wendnesday, the Belfast girl added: “I don’t know anything about her (Rae) but she’ll know something about me now.

“Yes, I do believe I can go all the way.

“I don’t fear anyone at all, there’s a new golden girl coming.”

 

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