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Commonwealth Games: England's Adams on course for boxing gold

England's Nicola Adams remained on course to add Commonwealth gold to her Olympic title after cruising through to the semi-finals of the women's flyweight boxing.

GLASGOW: England's Nicola Adams remained on course to add Commonwealth gold to her Olympic title after cruising through to the semi-finals of the women's flyweight boxing.

The 31-year-old was awarded an unanimous win by the judges in her bout against Erandi de Silva of Sri Lanka. "I was really pleased and everything went to plan. I think as long as you stick to the tactics and listen to the coaches you will always do well," Adams, who knocked her opponent down in the first round, said.

"I've grown massively since the Olympics. I think I've really grown into my technique and my style. I'm working on new things all the time and I'm confident I can do the business and will be in the finals. Everything seems to be going well and I'm in full flow at the moment."

Standing between Adams and a place in the final is Canada's Mandy Bujold, who easily saw off the challenge of Australia's Kirsty Harris. Joining them in the last four on Friday are Michaela Walsh from Northern Ireland and Pinki Rani of India.

Scotland's hope of a gold medal in the ring are still alive after Stephen Lavelle progressed to the last four of the men's heavyweight competition following his unanimous win against Indian Amritpreet Amritpreet-Singh. His opponent in the semi-final will be New Zealand's David Light who despatched Kenyan Charles Okoth.

England's Warren Baister saw his hopes of a medal disappear when he suffered a split decision defeat to Canada's Samir El-Mais. El-Mais will face Efetobor Apochi in his last-four bout after the Nigerian recovered from losing the first round of his quarter-final to Australian Jai Opetaia to progress to the semi-finals.

Sean McGoldrick of Wales is guaranteed at least a bronze after he progressed to the last four of the men's bantamweight after defeating South Africa's Ayabonga Sonjica. McGoldrick will meet Michael Conlan on Friday following the Northern Irishman's unanimous points win over Bashir Nasir of Uganda.

"He's the world number two and it won't be an easy fight but I'm 110 per cent confident of beating him," McGoldrick added. "Anything can happen in boxing and no fight is easy at this stage but if I want that gold medal I've got to get past him."

Old rivals Scotland and England clashed as Joe Ham took on Qais Ashfaq who bossed the contest to progress with a unanimous decision. He will box Benson Njangiru for a place in the final after the Kenyan won a fiercely contested bout against Tafari Ebanks of the Cayman Islands.

Njangiru will be looking to go one better than the silver medal he was awarded at the Dehli Games four years ago after the Kenyan policeman was forced to withdraw from the flyweight final due to injury.

There was more good news for Northern Ireland in the women's lightweight with Alanna Audley-Murphy guaranteed a bronze following her defeat of Dominica's Valerian Spicer.

She will meet Shelley Watts in the last four after the Australian was awarded a technical knockout of Isabelle Ratna of Mauritius in the second round of their bout. The other semi-final will be contested between India's Laishram Devi and Maria Machongua of Mozambique.

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