Michaela Walsh is proud to be part of the star-studded Northern Ireland boxing squad as she contemplates ‘unfinished business’ at the Commonwealths

Michaela Walsh of Northern Ireland insists she is proud to be part of the Commonwealth Games medal-dominating team as she seeks to finish some unfinished business with the competition.

he Belfast star joined brother Aidan in securing at least a bronze medal in Birmingham when she beat Botswana’s Keamogetse Sadie Kenosi in the quarter-finals on Thursday afternoon.

After winning silver at Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018, Walsh is determined not to finish second for a third straight year, admitting she feels she has ‘unfinished business’ with the Commonwealth Games .

But the success of her teammates this year – especially fellow females Carly McNaul and Eireann Cathin Nugent – ​​boosts her and she loves being part of the NI team.

“The women on our team are phenomenal and I’ve been saying this for a few years, we’re all reaching that elite level. We really push each other and I’m proud to be a part of this team,” Walsh said. .

“I came here for something, something I should have had a long, long time ago. I have a bit of unfinished business with the Commonwealth Games.

“I’m just fighting one fight at a time, I don’t want to look too far ahead and put too much pressure on myself. I’m enjoying all the competition, all the team. It’s great to see my team- them friends win medals themselves and it’s something we’ve been dreaming about for a long time.

“To be part of the same team as them is a privilege, just like my brother. I’m very lucky.”

Kenosi put up little resistance to the barrage Walsh produced, the 29-year-old on the front foot from the start and never taking a step back in her comfortable quarter-final victory.

Walsh was one of the last Northern Irish boxers to be shot in the ring but, despite having to remain patient, she was pleased with how she managed to get herself into top form to put on a perfect display.

“Even since the draw, I’ve waited a long time. But I did the right things. I’m an elite athlete, I know what to do and I ticked the right boxes. I’m thrilled to put this on. performance on the sidelines,” she added.

“It hasn’t sunk yet. I’m just taking one fight at a time, I’m not thinking about medals yet. I still have two fights to fight until the end. I am proud of my performance. I listened to my coaches and I’m so happy to come away with the win.