Kenya wins only medal in boxing at the Commonwealth Games

Marsha Scott
April 15, 2018

Neither woman was able to land a significant blow for much of Saturday night's contest, with three out of five judges scoring the fight 29-28 in Nicolson's favour.

Boxing is in the blood of her family but Nicolson never met either of her brothers, Jamie and Gavin, after they were killed in a auto crash in 1994 while on their way to training.

McNaul was the first into the ring and the Belfast fighter comfortably beat Ongare by unanimous decision - even forcing her opponent to take a standing count - to advance to a gold medal showdown against Lisa Whiteside of England.

The fight split fans with many agreeing with Walsh's assessment while others felt less sympathetic about her "arrogant" approach.

"I think it's also important to remember that these athletes are guests here in Australia at this time, they're still within their visas, they have the right to travel freely".

"I would simply say enjoy Australia while you are here, this includes Cameroon and any other athletes, stay within the law and be mindful of the fact that there is a system in place in this country", Beattie told a news conference on Wednesday. "But it's just going to make me stronger".

Walsh's defeat opened up familiar wounds as she also missed out on gold in the same circumstances at the 2014 games in Glasgow.

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In February Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton warned games visitors including athletes and officials, must abide by their visa conditions or else face effect under Australian law.

She later took to social media explaining how she could not understand the decision and "lose a fight without barely getting hit for three rounds".

"I couldn't do it without my parents who are at home looking after my boy. I promise tracking these people down and they will be deported as quickly as possible".

But none neither were more powerful than Nicolson's dramatic victory in memory of the brother she believes was "robbed" when disqualified in his semi-final at the Auckland Games.

"I had a little chat to them right before I went in and they were definitely there with me", Nicolson said.

'I won that medal for both of us tonight.

"I really just got to relax and have some fun out there doing what I love so I was really happy with that, I didn't feel much pressure at all".

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