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Motherwell boxer passes on birthday cake as he looks to make weight for next Games clash

Scottish light-flyweight medal hope Aqeel Ahmed gave himself the perfect birthday present with victory over Alumasa Matayo Keya in their Commonwealth Games clash at Glasgow's SECC but was left unable to enjoy a slice of birthday cake.

The unanimous points win over the Kenyan on the day he turned 22 left the Motherwell boxer - born in Dundee to parents of Pakistani origin - overjoyed in front of some family who had never seen perform before.

However, still having to make the 49kg limit for his quarter-final clash with India's Devendro Laishram on Wednesday, Ahmed had to leave the celebrations to others.

He said: "I had a lot of pressure with it being my birthday, my niece's first birthday as well, and family who have never seen me before came today.

"It was the first time my sister-in-law, brother had been to see me so this fight meant a lot. I was go glad to get a win for all of them.

"Also, it is Eid which is a Muslim tradition, equivalent to Christmas, so it is a big day and a big day for the Asian community as well.

"But I've got to make the weight again. I can't even enjoy a bit of cake. But nothing will beat this as a present, winning here.

"I am pleased to get it out of the way. I was a bit nervous and a bit worried but once I was in there I knew I could win.

"That's the first one, that's the ring rust out of the way."

Wales' light-flyweight Ashley Williams enjoyed a unanimous points win over Mozambique's Juliano Maquina and then paid tribute to Team Wales' Sports Psychologist Catherine Shearer.

"Cath is very good, she has played a big part in my career," he said. "I get too excited.

"I am an excitable individual, I get too excited and Cath calms me down, controls my breathing, gets a bit of Reggae music on, a bit of calming music on. She helps me along.

"It is a proud moment for me.

"It took me a while to get inside him but as he got more tired I got there."

Northern Ireland bantamweight Michael Conlon was a unanimous points winner over India's Shiva Thapa.

Wales bantamweight Sean McGoldrick discovered it will not be easy defending the gold medal awarded to him in Delhi 2010 as he overcame Australia's Jackson Woods on a split decision.

The Newport fighter was keen to stress that past honours should stay there as he concentrates on Glasgow.

"I knew it was going to be tough," said McGoldrick.

"He is a very good fighter. He has been to the Olympics and stuff, so I knew it was going to be tough but I gave it my all in there and I had to dig deep.

"I find a way to win, whatever it takes, I find a way to win.

"But as I have been saying, 2010 is a different year.

"This is 2014, I am fully focused on this year, it doesn't matter about the past.

"It is a very tough weight category and I am going to give it my all every fight."

McGoldrick insists there is no "pressure on me whatsoever" from external sources to succeed in these Games.

"If anything I put the pressure on myself," he said.

"Wales don't put any pressure on me. I want to do well myself.

"I don't want to lose to no fighter, regardless of who it is."

Watched by Prince William, his wife Kate and Prince Harry, English welterweight Scott Fitzgerald recorded a unanimous points win over Azumah Mohammed of Ghana after a bruising encounter.

The Preston man sustained a cut in the first round and the fight was momentarily stopped in the third for him to get treatment.

Mohammed was deducted a point for the use of his head near the end and while Fitzgerald raised his fist in triumph, he had to quickly move to the dressing room to have further treatment.

However, he emerged to insist he will be fit to face New Zealand's Bowyn Morgan in the quarter-finals on Wednesday night.

He said: "It is just a scratch. It is not a bad cut, it was dripping in there, messing with my vision but it will be fine by Wednesday.

"He was quite dirty, wasn't he? I think that one (clash which opened the cut) was straight away and possibly accidental but in the last round I think he got a bit frustrated and was grabbing hold of me and slamming his head into me."

Asked how he felt about fighting in front of royalty, he replied: "It was great, a good achievement to have performed in front of royalty, so I am happy."

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