First Class Boxing Talks To Amir Khan And His Dad Shah At Glasgow 2014

imageFirst Class Boxing’s Allan McGoldrick recently caught up with Team Khan whilst they visited the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games and reviewes the final boxing medal count.

First up was the man himself former two time world champion and the youngest British Olympic silver medalist (Athens 2004) who boasts a amateur record of 101-9 to answer some questions…

Allan McGoldrick: Amir what brings you and Team Khan to the games apart from the obvious boxing?

Amir Khan: We are up in Glasgow completing some media work for the games and looking forward to the boxing talent from all The Commonwealth.

AM: What’s your thoughts on the level of boxing the commonwealth games have provided this year?

AK: Yeah very good England and Ireland have very strong teams and Scotland have really improved with some tough skilful fighters.

I’m also keeping a look out for Muhammad Waseem from Pakistan and have been speaking with Team India, Team New Zealand and Canada have looked good.

AM: What’s your plans for the rest of 2014?

AK: Yeah I’m now finished Ramadan and looking to go back over to USA start camp and train with Virgil Hunter again from September 1st.

AM: Amir would you hope to take a fight then prior to any potential Mayweather bout?! Obviously he has his rematch with Marcos Maidana too…

AK: Yeah definatley I hope to be fighting November/December keeping busy will help me I want to stay active,no opponent really discussed yet.I’m feeling good at 147lbs.

AM: How have the fans been during the commonwealth games Competiton?..

AK: Yeah the fans have been great, really welcoming to myself and the team and they have been great for the teams within the boxing Competiton at Glasgow.

I also managed to catch Shah Khan (Amirs Dad) and ask him few questions..

Allan McGoldrick: Shah.. What’s your thoughts on the recently changed “no head guard” rule during the males commonwealth boxing competition? (Female still wear head guards currently).

Shah Khan: Again the authorities are working for what is best for the sport however in my opinion have head guards on at least up until the quarter finals to ensure the level of competition is high, we don’t want to risk missing out on the quality of competition due to boxer injury, this way we may satisfy both parties who are for and against head guard use.

AM: Will Amir be fighting again before the end of the year?

SK: Yes definatley it’s much better for him to continue to have consistent fights and levels of opponents to continue to improve.

AM: Are you enjoying your time in Glasgow?

SK: Yeah it’s a great atmosphere at the games and the fans have been very good.

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Final Boxing Medal Count.

England’s boxing team finished with five gold medals at Glasgow 2014.

Welterweight Scott Fitzgerald, middleweight Anthony Fowler and super-heavyweight Joe Joyce all won their finals at the Hydro arena on Saturday.

Leeds southpaw Qais Ashfaq had to settle for silver after losing to Northern Ireland’s Michael Conlan in the bantamweight final.

But in the women’s competition, flyweight Nicola Adams and middleweight Savannah Marshall also triumphed.

Earlier in the day, Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan claimed Northern Ireland’s first gold medals of Glasgow 2014, with Scotland golds for Charlie Flynn (lightweight) and Josh Taylor (light-welterweight) and Scots Reece McFadden (Flyweight) bronze and Stephen Lavelle (Heavyweight) bronze picking up a successful medal tally for Scotland.

England’s tally of five golds, one silver and one bronze – won by light-welterweight Sam Maxwell – means they finish top of the medal table in boxing, although Northern Ireland won nine overall.

Fitzgerald, 22, gave one of the performances of the day in the 69kg final, the all-action Preston boxer flooring India’s Mandeep Jangra three times en route to a one-sided unanimous decision victory.

Fitzgerald could now be a major medal hope for Great Britain at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, provided he is not snapped up by a professional promoter first.

In the 75kg final, Fowler was up against India’s Vijender Singh, who has won a host of international medals, including a bronze at the 2008 Olympics.

But Fowler showed he is no respecter of reputations, flooring Singh in the first round before hitting him several times while he was on one knee.

Fowler pretty much had the fight wrapped up by the end of the second and coasted to victory in the third, eventually winning via a unanimous decision.

Londoner Joyce, a two-time national champion, had too much physicality forJ oe Goodall in his +91kg final, driving the Australian back from the opening bell.

Goodall was given a standing count towards the end of the second round after a sickening body shot by Joyce, who was subsequently awarded a wide points decision.

In the men’s light-heavyweight final,Kennedy St Pierre of Mauritius was hunting only his country’s second ever Commonwealth Games gold medal.

But 18-year-old New Zealander David Nyika was awarded a unanimous decision, which did not go down well with the Glasgow faithful.

New Zealand missed out on a second gold in the heavyweight category, with David Light losing to Canada’s Samir El-Maisvia a split decision.

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 has been hailed as Scotland’s best and most successfull ever games with the home nation picking up a record 53 medals and finishing fourth in the final medal standings.

Allan McGoldrick – @shottsabc

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