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Boxing: Scotland's rival nations

At the Commonwealth Games, Scotland's boxing team tends to excel inside the squared circle and with Glasgow 2014 right round the corner our boxers will be even more determined to bring home the gold in front of the passionate Scottish fans.

However, this year Team Scotland faces their toughest challenge yet as some of the best amateurs from across the world will be coming to the SECC to spoil Scotland's party.

To give you an idea of what some of our fighters will be up against, here is a round up of the most formidable rival nations whose boxers will be looking to leave Scotland with a gold medal round their neck.

England

At the Delhi games Team England won five medals but they will be hoping for even more this time round at the expense of the Team Scotland.

England will be sending over 11 fighters to Glasgow, and this talent bunch of boxers will certainly be a handful for anyone they compete against.

Josh Taylor, who won the Silver medal for Scotland four years ago, could potentially clash with Liverpudlian lightweight Sam Maxwell.

The 25-year-old fighter has established himself as one of the top fighters in his division and earlier this year won the 64kg national championship.

Fellow Scouser Anthony Fowler may also cause Kieran Smith some problems if they were to step into the ring together.

The 75kg powerhouse also won the national championship in his weight division and the bronze medal in the world championship.

Also Preston boxer Scott Fitzgerald will be looking to impress as he competes in the 69kg class. Despite a surprise lost in the national championships, he bounced back after dominant display against Algirdas Socikas in Lithuania and will be sure to be one of the favourites to pick up a medal.

No matter who Team Scotland faces from England, expect some tasty encounters if the Auld Enemy collide.

Wales

The Welsh look set to be sending their strongest team of boxers to ever compete in a Commonwealth Games.

They will be sending over 10 fighters to Glasgow 2014, which includes a defending gold medallist, a European champion and Olympic silver medal winner.

The Golden boy of Welsh boxing Sean McGoldrick will enter this year's Commonwealth Games as the reigning champion of the 56kg class.

The Newport fighter competed in Delhi when he was 18-years-old and originally won the silver medal after being defeated by Sri Lanka's Manju Wanniarachchi in the 2010 final, but was promoted to gold after Wanniarachchi failed a drug test.

The 22-year-old has gone on from strength to strength and will be favourite going into the Games to pick up gold once again.

Glasgow's very own Joe Ham will certainly be tested if he is to face McGoldrick in the competition.

Reece McFadden will also face a tough challenge as he pitted against Barry's Andrew Selby. Ranked number 1 in the AIBA rankings, the 52kg boxer is one of Wales' most successful and experienced fighters. He became the first British boxer to win the European championships twice and won silver in 2011 and bronze in 2013 at the World championships.

Olympic Silver medallist Fred Evans will also be at the Commonwealth Games this year and the boxer from Cardiff will be a dangerous opponent for anyone in the 69kg weight class

India

At their home games four years ago, India really impressed picking up seven medals and finishing second in the boxing medals table. India's team this time round includes some familiar names and a lot of exciting youngsters.

Vijender Singh will once again represent India, having won silver and bronze at the last two Commonwealth Games, as well as Olympic bronze at Beijing 2008. The 28-year-old is a superstar in his home country and will be hoping to finally win gold at the Games.

One of India's exciting prospects is 52kg fighter Shiva Thapa. The 20-year-old won silver at the youth Olympic Games in 2010 and also competed at the Olympic Games in London. In 2013, he also became the youngest Indian to win gold at the Asian Confederation Boxing Championship in Jordan.

Canada

At the Delhi Games, Canada failed to pick up a medal, but this year they hope to rectify this but winning a couple of medals at the games in Glasgow.

One of the Canadians biggest hopefuls is heavyweight Samir - El Mais. Nicknamed "Sweet Sammy" the 34-year-old from Ontario reached the quarter finals of Delhi Games, losing to Scotland's Stephen Simmons. He won the Canadian Heavyweight Championship in 2010, became the national champion in 2011 and 2012 and placed third placed third at the 2013 Continental Championships in Santiago de Chile.

The six time national champion Custio Clayton is also someone to keep your eye on. The 27-year-old 69kg fighter from Nova Scotia competed in both the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and the Olympics in 2012 and also finished third at the 2013 Continental Championships in Santiago de Chile. The orthodox boxer is certainly an formidable opponent for anyone stepping in the ring with him.

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