Fitzgerald one win from Commonwealth gold

England and Preston's Scott Fitzgerald (blue) in action against South Africa's Tulani Mbenge
England and Preston's Scott Fitzgerald (blue) in action against South Africa's Tulani Mbenge
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Preston boxer Scott Fitzgerald is one win away from a Commonwealth Games gold medal.

The 22-year-old welterweight defeated South African Tulani Mbenge in his semi-final on Friday evening in Glasgow.

After a quiet start against his taller opponent, the Larches and Savick Amateur Boxing Club star began to find his range.

He started to find success with double jabs and picked off Mbenge with some forceful left hooks.

He won the first round on all three judges’ cards and in the second round, he found favour with two of the judges.

The South African shaded the final round, but by then the damage had been done and Fitzgerald takes his place in Saturday’s final, where he faces India’s Mandeep Jangra, who defeated Northern Ireland’s Steven Donnelly

Fitzgerald said: “This is my first real competition, the experience is unreal – even just being here never mind that I am going to be in the final,” he added.

“My body is pretty beaten up but it is one more fight, I will just push on. It is one more fight whatever happens and then I can relax for a few weeks.”