Sam Hickey leads Scottish boxing charge at Commonwealth Games

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Sam Hickey leads Scottish boxing charge at Commonwealth Games

Sam Hickey’s unwavering confidence made him believe his route to the Commonwealth Games middleweight final was written in the stars.

Dundee dynamo Hickey, 22, avenged his defeat to England’s Lewis Richardson at this year’s European Championships to book his place in Sunday’s gold medal match against Australian Callum Peters.

Hickey is guaranteed to upgrade his European bronze in Birmingham after a sweet right hand stopped his opponent in the second round on the day three Scottish fighters guaranteed at least silver.

He said: “You go through a lot when you come off losses in boxing. I showed how determined I was.

“We looked at the draw and thought this is what is meant to be, it’s written in the stars, and it happened.

“I put on a punch-perfect performance like that to show everybody I’m here for one thing and that’s the gold medal. I’m so confident going into the final.”

This summer, Team Scotland, supported by funding raised by National Lottery players, compromises of over 250 athletes, all vying for medal success.

Reese Lynch revealed words of inspiration from tartan tornado Josh Taylor, the 2014 Commonwealth champion, helped deliver him a shot at gold.

Light welterweight Lynch will fight Mauritius’ Louis Richarno Colin on Sunday after being buoyed by the visit of the unified world champion before outpointing Canada’s Wyatt Sanford.

World bronze medallist Lynch, 21, said: “Josh Taylor came into camp the other day, he’s a brilliant guy and I want to emulate him.

“He just said Well done and wished us all the best. It gives you a boost to see people you look up to supporting you.”

Sean Lazzerini feels invincible and is ready to shatter the hype surrounding Wales’ Taylor Bevan in his final to show he is the best light-heavyweight going.

Lazzerini, 25, lost in the first round on the Gold Coast but is on the verge of glory four years later after a hard-fought split-decision semi-final win over Tanzania’s Yusuf Lucasi Changalawe.

He said: “It doesn’t matter who I face, it will always be the same result. Nobody is beating me right now. I’m on fire, everybody is getting it.

“Everyone is hyping up the Welsh boy, so I’d love to take him down and prove to everyone that I’m No.1”

Edinburgh tiling instructor Matty McHale had to settle for bantamweight bronze after losing a split decision to Northern Ireland’s Dylan Eagleson.

Similarly, Whitburn welterweight Tyler Jolly was inconsolable after missing out on the final having surrendered a one-round lead to Wales’ Ioan Croft.

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