Fitzgerald is the champion

Scott Fitzgerald lands a huge right-hander against India's Mandeep Jangra
Scott Fitzgerald lands a huge right-hander against India's Mandeep Jangra
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Preston boxer Scott Fitzgerald is the 2014 Commonwealth Games welterweight champion.

The 22-year-old fighter produced an explosive display to blow away Mandeep Jangra, of India, in the final at the SSE Hydro Arena, in Glasgow.

England and Preston's Scott Fitzgerald with his gold medal

England and Preston's Scott Fitzgerald with his gold medal

Fitzgerald had his opponent on the canvas twice during the bout as he was awarded the fight by a unanimous verdict by the three judges.

The Larches and Savick Amateur Boxing Club star looked like he was going to make short work of his opponent when he landed a fierce left hook in the first round, which put the Indian down.

There was to be no let up in the second round as Fitzgerald sent Jangra sprawling into the ropes after a huge right-hand over the top.

Another left-hander soon after forced the referee to give the Indian a standing count.

A sensible performance in the last round ensured Fitzgerald’s arm was held aloft by the referee at the end of the fight.

His performance was all the more impressive bearing in mind the cut he suffered in his secound bout of the competition opened up in the first round after a clash of heads.

Although his form has been supreme this week in what has been arguably the toughest division of the boxing competition, Fitzgerald admitted he had a lot of reservations about whether he could win gold.

He said: “My aim was to get gold but realistically I had a lot of doubts. It’s been mentally quite tough and I’ve just pushed through it and I got the rewards. “I’ve got a gold medal round my neck and nothing is going to bother me now for a couple of weeks.”