Sean McGlinchey has defied the odds!
The Oakleaf ABC boxer stormed into the Commonwealth Games semi finals tonight with a stunning performance to see off the threat of Elly Ajowi Ochola in Glasgow.
It means that the light-heavyweight boxer is guaranteed a bronze medal come what may now from a tournament where he wasn't really talked up beforehand. But McGlinchey kept his silence, he kept his focus and, with another steady display, he has forced the boxing fraternity to sit up and take notice.
The Derry man came flying out of the blocks in the first round, getting tight to his Kenyan opponent at will, eliminating the opposition's longer reach and height difference and it was the Team NI representative who struck blood first with a superb right hook.
McGlinchey caught Ochola again in those first three minutes with an over-the-top right as he continued to draw in the red corner before unleashing his prized fist. Unsurprisingly, all three judges awarded the Oakleaf man with the first round.
The second round was more even than the dominant first was for the Derry fighter as Ochola came out swinging. McGlinchey took a couple of hits to the body but soon recovered and kept the Kenyan at bay before landing a deadly left-right combo midway through the second round. Ochola changed his tactics, using footwork to stay away from McGlinchey's right and to keep his distance from the local boxer but yet again there was no silencing the Derry man who took the second round as well.
Inevitably, Ochola approached the third and final round with even more aggression, swinging at everything and anything - probably sensing that he needed the knockout - but, despite being put under pressure and losing out in the final round, McGlinchey was shrewd and slowed the fight down and stayed out of danger to secure a priceless medal in the Commonwealth Games already.
It's bronze at least for McGlinchey. It could yet be more.
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