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TEAM NI: Michaela Walsh denied gold medal by champion Nicola Adams

England's Nicola Adams celebrates victory over Northern Ireland's Michaela Walsh (rear)

England's Nicola Adams celebrates victory over Northern Ireland's Michaela Walsh (rear)

 

Northern Ireland boxer Michaela Walsh lost out in her eagerly anticipated Commonwealth Games flyweight final showdown with Olympic champion Nicola Adams on Saturday.

Adams repelled the brave challenge of Belfast star Walsh to claim boxing gold in Glasgow.

The 31-year-old Olympic champion shaded it over Walsh on a split decision, who will go home with a richly deserved silver medal after a promising week of performances.

Fearless Walsh went into the fight convinced of her ability to cause an upset and started well as she snaked home a right hand in the opening seconds.

But Adams stepped up a gear, landing a left and right combination which wobbled Walsh, and following up with a sharp right hand as she pursued the Northern Ireland fighter around the ring.

Adams never let go of her dominance, relying on all her considerable experience to keep Walsh at bay and land shots on the button almost at will.

After a tangle sent the pair rolling on the floor early in the third round, Walsh had some success with her left hand, but Adams responded with a good right and resumed command.

At the end of a more competitive fourth both fighters raised their arms in triumph, but Adams emerged with the gold medal.

 

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