McGoldrick strikes gold in Finland

First published in Sport South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

SEAN McGoldrick tasted gold again yesterday as there was yet more success for Pill’s St Joseph’s boxing gym.

Duffryn’s McGoldrick, 20, who only narrowly missed out on the London 2012 Olympics, won at the Tammer Tournament in Finland.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist beat fellow British fighter Qais Ashfaq in the 56kg final.

Trainer Tony Borg was understandably overjoyed with his latest success having seen Fred Evans take Olympic silver over the summer.

“It’s great, a really big win for Sean and we shouldn’t forget that only a few years ago Welsh boxers went to events like these to make up the numbers,” he said.

“Sean has had a bit of a transition since winning the Commonwealth Games, he’s lost some close fights and we’ve been working on his style in terms of landing scoring shots. Winning gold in Finland shows the hard work is paying off.”

McGoldrick wasn’t the only Welshman to get a podium finish, his teammates Ashley Williams and Zack Davies returned from Finland with bronze.

Joe Cordina, who was fighting for Great Britain, lost in the final of the 60kg category to Irish boxer David Oliver Joyce to add silver to the gold he claimed last year. He too is now training with Tony Borg.

“We’ve had two St Joes boys out there and one is coming back with gold and the other with silver, we couldn’t feel much prouder,” Borg said.

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