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TEAM NI: Boxer Ruairi Dalton devastated after quarter-final loss

Northern Ireland's Ruairi Dalton (red)

Northern Ireland's Ruairi Dalton (red)

Northern Ireland’s Ruairi Dalton was left devastated on Tuesday afternoon as he saw his hopes of a Commonwealth Games medal dashed when he lost his flyweight quarter-final..

The Holy Trinity boxer lost all three rounds to Australian Andrew Moloney on a unanimous verdict in the 52kg class.

Three other Northern Ireland fighters will try to secure medals when they enter the ring on Tuesday evening.

Lightweight Joe Fitzpatrick, light welter Sean Duffy and light heavyweight Sean McGlinchy are all in action.

Belfast man Fitzpatrick, 19, faces Kenyan Nicholas Okongo Okoth in his 60 kg division contest at 19:15 BST, with McGlinchy, 22, from Derry, taking on another Kenyan, Elly Ajowi Ochola, at 21:00 in the 81kg category.

Duffy, 23, from Armagh, faces Khir Akyazlan Azim of Malaysia in the 64kg division at 20:00.

Michael Conlan, Paddy Barnes, Connor Coyle and Steven Donnelly will contest their quarter-finals on Wednesday, with female boxers Michaela Walsh and Alanna Murphy also due to be in action.n.

Dalton becomes the second Northern Irish boxer to drop out of the Games, following Delhi silver medallist Steven Ward’s elimination at the hands of England’s Steven Baister on Sunday.

“He started quicker and he was the better man - he is a strong boy, I gave it all I had and that’s all I can do,” said Dalton following his defeat.

“I won two fights and this is only the start of my career - there are bigger and better things to come,” he added.

 

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