McFadden closes in on Games glory
Fiery Motherwell flyweight Reece McFadden guaranteed himself a Commonwealth Games boxing medal on Tuesday but insists he will not be satisfied with anything less than gold.
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McFadden outpointed 2010 bronze medallist Oteng Oteng of Botswana to reach the semi-finals where he will face another tough test against Australia's Andrew Moloney.
The 19-year-old has proved the star of the competition so far at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre after stunning double European champion and gold medal favourite Andrew Selby of Wales in the opening round.
Irresistible McFadden followed up by seeing off England's Charlie Edwards, and despite a strong last round from Oteng the home favourite held on to ensure at least bronze.
After inviting a tear-up against Selby, McFadden boxed in a much more mature fashion against Oteng and kept his nerve despite sustaining a small cut over his left eye during the opening round.
McFadden said: "That was the toughest fight I've had so far and I knew I just had to hold it in and especially when I got the cut.
"I'd like to think I can cope with the pressure, I definitely feel like I'm getting closer and there's no reason that gold shouldn't be mine."
Moloney proved too strong for Northern Ireland's Ruairi Dalton, winning a unanimous decision in the bout that immediately followed McFadden's win.
Scottish hopes were hit in the super-heavyweight division as Ross Henderson was pummelled to a stoppage defeat by England's Joe Joyce.
Henderson was floored four times and given five standing counts in the bout which was brought to close by the referee in the dying seconds.
It was an emphatic performance from the European bronze medallist who will face Uganda's Mike Sekabembe for a place in the final later this week.
Joyce said of his win against Henderson: "That's one more down and two more to go. I've fought him twice before and I knew he'd come forward having a go so I knew what I needed to do.
"Obviously I want to go in and finish him off, but I don't want to go in and catch a shot on the way in so had to stay switched on and watch out for the big hook to the jaw."
There was more disappointment for England lightweight Natasha Jonas who dropped a split decision to Australia's Shelley Watts.
Jonas, who also lost her opening bout of London 2012 to Ireland's Katie Taylor, could not hide her disappointment after being edged out by a busy opponent.
Jonas said: "I think the nervous energy got to me a bit but I'm an experienced athlete and there's no excuses.
"I'm in the shape of my life but the better person just beat me on the day."
Scotland's Charlie Flynn was in defiant mood after moving into the lightweight semi-finals with a unanimous points win over Jessie Lartey of Ghana.
Flynn, who will next face Joe Fitzpatrick of Northern Ireland, said: "I'm fighting for my country and I can feel the passion burning in my heart.
"I don't look at the tables to see where I am. I just look to take out the guy who's in front of me. He's in my back garden and I'm here to tear in."
Fitzpatrick booked his place in the last four with a unanimous decision over Kenya's No Okoth.
Welshman Joe Cordina moved through at lightweight with a comfortable win over Chad Milne of New Zealand.
Josh Taylor and Sam Maxwell remain on track to clash in the light-welterweight final after both won their quarter-finals with ease on Tuesday.
Home favourite Taylor, who pipped Maxwell to qualification for London 2012, was a comprehensive winner over Zack Davies of Wales.
Meanwhile Maxwell scored a notable unanimous decision win over India's reigning Commonwealth Games champion Manoj Kumar.
Maxwell said: "I've beaten the boxer who won gold four years ago so I feel like I'm unstoppable now. With every fight I've been getting better."
Also at light-welterweight, Northern Ireland's Sean Duffy was a 3-0 winner over Akyazlan Azmi of Malaysia.
There were more British winners at light-heavyweight with Welshman Nathan Thorley stopping Yakita Aska of Antigua with two seconds left in the first round and Northern Ireland's Sean McGlinchy beating Elly Ochola of Kenya on points.
In the women's middleweight competition, England's reigning world champion Savannah Marshall proved too good for India's game Pooja Rani, winning a unanimous decision after a fast-paced contest, while Lauren Price of Wales outpointed Guyana's Theresa London.