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Spar wars no bother as Kristina O'Hara does the business when it matters to secure first boxing medal

Neil Loughran
A TOUGH spar in Canberra may have given Lynsey Holdaway the psychological edge before yesterday’s showdown with Kristina O’Hara, but it mattered for nothing when the west Belfast woman’s hand was raised to secure Northern Ireland’s first boxing medal.

"I told him then ‘this will be me and you in four years’, only with gold medals around our necks"

When the action gets under way in the Gold Coast later this week, Aidan and Michaela Walsh will become the first brother and sister to have boxed at the Commonwealth Games. Elder sibling Michaela (24) won silver in Glasgow four years ago, while Aidan (21) finished top of the podium at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa. Neither has considered returning to Belfast with anything other than a gold medal around their neck and, before jetting off Down Under, they sat down with Neil Loughran to talk boxing, Burnett and unshakeable belief... 

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