Sean McGlinchey bowed out of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the semi-final stage of the tournament at the SECC in Glasgow this afternoon at the hands of talented New Zealand teenager, David Nyika.
The Creggan lad lost all three rounds to the 18 year-old who looks like he could go all the way in the light-heavyweight division but McGlinchey goes home with a bronze medal intact.
McGlinchey attempted to force the pace of the fight in the opening round, bull-dozing forward and always on the front foot. Nyika had the longer reach and height advantage and his better work from the midway point was awarded by the judges - all three selected judges giving the New Zealand man the first round.
In the second round McGlinchey came forward again, forcing his opponent into the corner but Nyika boxed clever to keep the Creggan man at length and slowed him up with a great shot to the body.
The New Zealand teenager was warming to the occasion and landed good quality shots on the counter after making McGlinchey swing wildly. Nyika won the round unanimously and one judge gave the New Zealander a 10/8 round giving McGlinchey plenty of work to do in the last round.
McGlinchey was clearly tiring in the final round and Nyika was picking his punches at will in the final round.
It was a step too far for the Oak Leaf ABC clubman but he will be more than happy with a bronze medal.
See Tuesday’s Derry Journal for full reaction.