Andrew Moloney and Shelley Watts have claimed a golden double for Australia’s boxing team on the penultimate day of competition at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Moloney took victory in the men’s flyweight, just minutes after Watts had collected her gold medal for winning the women’s lightweight division.
“It’s unbelievable. My dream has come true today,” said Moloney.
“I just wanted it so bad. I’ve spent 12 years of hard work and I didn’t want this opportunity to slip.”
The 23-year-old outpointed Pakistan’s Muhammad Waseem, but was made to work hard for the result.
“All my fights here haven’t been my best performances but I’ve adapted to my opponents and done what I had to do to get the victory, so I can’t complain,” he said.
Waseed, however, felt he did have reason to complain – and he did so loudly at the end of the bout.
“He’s cheating. The referee, the judges they’re all cheating. Not happy with silver,” he said.
Moloney says he will take time to savour his victory before plotting his next goal.
“This is what I’ve been focussed on for at least the last four years,” he said.
“I mean I’ve had the Glasgow screensaver on my phone for the last two years, that’s all I’ve thought about every day. I haven’t thought past it to be honest.”
Watts makes history against Devi
Earlier, Watts became the first Australian woman to win a Commonwealth Games boxing gold medal.
Watts was ambushed in the opening round, which the judges awarded to India’s Laishram Devi, but she recovered strongly to clinch a unanimous decision.
“It was amazing just to go down in the history books as being one of the first Australians to compete here, and to be able to say that I’ve got a medal is just so satisfying,” she said.
“I started off slowly. I think she shocked me a bit. I’m pretty tired to be quite honest but I didn’t let that affect me.”
“I was a little bit sore but you’re expecting that after three hard fights, especially the three that I’ve had.”