1:08pm Sunday 30th March 2014
NEWPORT’S Sean McGoldrick is targeting becoming a history boy at Glasgow this summer after his status for the Commonwealth Games became a mere formality on Friday night.
McGoldrick, who won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, albeit after his Sri Lankan finalist opponent failed a drugs test, became a three time winner of the Welsh bantamweight category at the Cardiff House of Sport.
There was a particular importance to this year’s event with Glasgow approaching and McGoldrick, who boxes out of St Joseph’s, couldn’t afford any slip-ups.
He became only Wales’ third Commonwealth Games gold medallist and now has a unique opportunity to become the first to double-up after beating Briton Ferry’s Joshua Jones to win the 56kg bantamweight title.
A delighted McGoldrick commented: “This was a massive night for me ahead of Glasgow.
“There is a selection process soon but I’ve proved I’m the best in Wales and I can’t wait for Glasgow.
“It was a good competitive fight and it was nice to be back in Wales after being away for so long.”
McGoldrick, in confident mood, was on the front foot throughout as he made it a hat-trick of Welsh titles.
It was a fine night for St Joes as McGoldrick’s GB teammate and Rio prospect Joe Cordina also won a Welsh title in the lightweight section against Pembroke’s Nico Morrison as he too builds for Glasgow where he’ll be a genuine medal prospect.
Trainer Tony Borg was delighted.
“Sean McGoldrick and Joe Cordina both gave quality performances in outpointing Joshua John and Nico Morrison.
“Sean is now looking forward to defending his Commonwealth Games gold medal in Scotland this summer.”
St Joes might also very well have a third prospect in Glasgow after Jacob Robinson had a walkover victory in the 52kg category.
St Joes will now have had representatives in four success Commonwealth Games.
Matthew Edmunds went to Manchester in 2002 and Melbourne in 2006 alongside stablemate Mo Nasir and McGoldrick and Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans both went to India.
It was a more mixed evening for three Gwent female boxers with Torfaen’s Ashley Brace the solitary winner.
She was up against ex Serviceman’s Lynsey Holdaway, who was chasing a fourth successive Welsh title at flyweight.
Merthyr’s Holdaway was moving up from light-flyweight and Brace was dropping down a division and there was little to choose between the pair in a contest in a feisty and at times scrappy encounter where the effort from both women was simply incredibly. Brace took the honours on a split decision.
However, Brace’s Torfaen teammate Rebecca Price lost the lightweight final to Charlene Jones, also on a split decision.
Natasha Williams of Tredegar was also beaten, at light-welterweight, against Rachelle Tobin, though Williams showed incredible resilience to make it to the final bell having received two standing counts.
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