'For both of us' - boxer dedicates gold to late brother
- Author: Joey Payne Apr 15, 2018,
Apr 15, 2018, 0:11
Irish boxer Michaela Walsh has hit out at the judges' decision as she lost out to Australia's Skye Nicolson in the featherweight final at the Commonwealth Games.
"The Cameroon Commonwealth Games Team is sad to announce that eight of the 24 athletes they took to the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast - Australia are missing from their respective rooms in the Games village", the team said in a statement.
But none neither were more powerful than Nicolson's dramatic victory in memory of the brother she believes was "robbed" when disqualified in his semi-final at the Auckland Games.
Her brother Jamie was a highly rated Olympic and then professional boxer who was killed in a auto crash in 1994 along with another brother, the younger Gavin, as they headed to boxing training.
Walsh reacts in anger as Nicolson roars.
Three of the five judges scored the fight in favour of Nicolson to leave Walsh furious.
"There is no law in the country that says if you flee and you come back, you will be punished", he told SBS News, adding he didn't know the whereabouts of the missing competitors.
Walsh was devastated after the fight and can consider herself unlucky not to have prevailed.
"Some of the decisions have been really bad lately, for Australia, I don't know how they can get away with it".
"I really thought she won the fight but we have to accept the result and move on", said Aidan Walsh. I don't even think it was close.
"I won that medal for both of us and I'm so stoked", she added, referring to Jamie, who was the same age Nicolson is now when he died.
Walsh's comments echo those from Mbachi Kaonga's epic, expletive-laden meltdown when he lost to Australia's Clay Waterman in a men's quarter-final bout.
Nicolson will now look to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, having thrived under pressure as the most scrutinised boxer at the Games.
"These people and others who might have a similar objective need to hear this message very clearly: they aren't going to game the system, they aren't going to stay here and the Australian Border Force (ABF) officers in the compliance division will find these people, they will be held in immigration detention until they can be deported", Dutton told Macquarie Media radio on Thursday. The best feeling I've ever felt in my life'.