McFadden Continues To Impress at Glasgow's SECC
Scottish fly-weight Reece McFadden looked into the eyes of Charlie Edwards and knew his confident quest for Commonwealth Games gold would continue following their battle at Glasgow's SECC.
The 19-year-old from Forgewood had beaten the world's top amateur flyweight Andrew Selby on Friday night before declaring afterwards: "This gold is my medal."
In a classic Scotland versus England last-16 battle, he had to work hard against Croydon boy Edwards, who was fighting for the first time after getting a bye, but after three pulsating rounds McFadden was given the unanimous decision to the cheers of the raucous crowd.
The verdict did not impress the Englishman who said: "It is what you expect. Now he is the golden boy.
"I am not one who says I got robbed but I really thought I won it, I thought I did enough but that's the way it goes, we are in Scotland."
However, McFadden claimed his take on a boxer's body language again confirmed the decision.
"I knew I beat those two boys by them looking away," he said. "When my eyes were constantly on them they were looking away, looking at the referee, not wanting to know.
"That's when they are beat. I have noticed that with guys who have beat me or given me my toughest fight, they look at me square on, right at me.
"Those two boys didn't do that. But it doesn't matter if you stare at my eyes, I am still going to beat you anyway because I am the fittest I have ever been in my life and I am ready for a gold medal."
Expanding on his view of the decision, Edwards said: "I thought I won but that's the way it goes, it is boxing. You get that all over the world, wherever you go, on everyone's backyard they (local boxer) always gets a bit of help. But I am a good sportsman. Good luck to him."
It was another encouraging night for Scotland's boxing team as top light-welterweight Josh Taylor showed why he is a big favourite to take gold in his unanimous points win over Richarno Colin of Mauritius, before admitting the prospect of defeat had made him "scared" before the fight.
The 23-year-old fought well and no more so in his unanimous points win over Botswana's Kagiso Bagwasi in his first bout.
However, following an improved performance against the Mauritian Taylor said: "I felt more nervous for this fight because I knew it was a better opponent.
"So I was expecting a really tough fight and I was a bit nervous and scared before it because I want to win this so much.
"But the confidence is growing. I am more relaxed and I am going to get better. Nobody is going to beat me."
Scottish lightweight Charlie Flynn got off to a good start with a unanimous points win over Nick Cooney of Australia and afterwards praised the crowd.
"The atmosphere is absolutely amazing," said Flynn. "You can hear them roaring and you feel the passion in your heart and you know you can't let those people down.
"I like it. I don't see it as pressure, I see it as confidence, people wanting you to win. You feel as if they are in the ring with you, you get a lot of confidence from it.
"He was an awkward so it was good to get him out of the way and move on to the next one."
Wales' Joe Cordina moved into the lightweight quarter-finals with a unanimous points win over David Gauthier, allowing him to avenge a defeat by the Canadian in May.
"David beat me before 10 weeks ago and I wanted to avenge that defeat which I did," he said.
"My mind wasn't on it 10 weeks ago. Five days before it, my grandmother passed away, God bless her, so I went over there with that on my mind.
"But I have always wanted to go to a Games and do well and I know that when I am up for there are not many people in the world who will beat me."
Northern Ireland's light-heavyweight prospect, Sean McGlinchy, beat Jamaica's Cheavan Clarke in a split decision.
He said: "I was happy enough with my performance. I wasn't happy with the first round but it was my first fight of the tournament. The cobwebs are blown off now."
Scotland's light-heavyweight Scott Forrest struggled against New Zealand's David Nyika, losing by a unanimous decision.
There was more joy for the Scots in the second-last fight of the night when heavyweight Stephen Lavelle beat Welshman Kody Davies on points but he was left with a cut over his left eye which could rule him out of his next fight.
He said: "I think my next fight is on the 30th. I have a bad cut so I hope that heals pretty well.
"Time is not on my side - I just have to hope that it heals up.
"It won't stop me - it will only stop me if a doctor stops me."
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