Delicious Orie focused on emulating Anthony Joshua after surviving a tough Commonwealth Games final against Sagar Ahlawat to become England’s newest super heavyweight gold medalist.
The 25-year-old from Birmingham lost the first round on all five judges’ cards before rallying to earn a unanimous decision win to bring the hosts’ final gold medal count to two on the final day of competition at the NEC.
English heavyweight Lewis Williams also won gold, Scottish trio Reese Lynch, Sam Hickey and Sean Lazzerini made history for Scotland, Welsh duo Rosie Eccles and Ioan Croft also topped the podium and there were an incredible five gold medals for Northern Ireland.
But the finish of the match belonged to Orie, who struggled desperately through the final loop, fending off the Indian’s ponderous advances and leaving his opponent with a bloody laceration around his left eye.
“I may have been doubted, but I will always prove people wrong,” Orie said. “I’m so proud to be English and to represent England and I can’t wait for the Paris Olympics.”
The 6ft 6in Orie, who was born in Russia and endured a grueling battle to get his British passport last year, becomes the latest in a long line of homegrown stars in the sport’s toughest division, led by Joshua.
Orie, who has been training with Joshua in Sheffield, added: “The sky’s the limit. My inspiration has always been Anthony Joshua and what he has achieved is the bare minimum. I am the next generation and we will excel.”
Heavyweight Leamington-Williams was England’s second winner, with a unanimous judgment over Samoa’s Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali, while Croft was a clear and stylish winner over Zambia’s Stephen Zimba.
Lynch ended a Scotland gold medal rush with a split decision victory over Louis Collin of Mauritius, which marked the first time Scotland had won three gold medals in boxing at the same Commonwealth Games.
The 21-year-old light welterweight earned judgment on all but one of the five judge cards to emulate his compatriots Hickey and Lazzerini.
“I’ve said from the start that we can do brilliant things and that put a bit of pressure on me after seeing my two team-mates go out and take gold,” said Lynch, a member of the GB squad that won a World Cup medal in 2021.
“We’ve been together for so long and I always knew we could reach levels like this. I am so proud to be part of such a record-breaking team and now my focus is shifting to going to the Olympics and adding to my medal collection.”
Lynch withstood a cut in the final lap and earned a verdict that proved not entirely popular with the sold-out crowd at the NEC, many of whom thought the clever Mauritian had done enough to deny the Scot his historic moment.
Hickey, 22, bested Australian Callum Peters in an even tighter middleweight final and thwarted a strong comeback from his opponent in the final round, while Lazzerini, 25, also received a split judgment in his light heavyweight final against Taylor Bevan of Wales.
Four years of bad luck melted away for Eccles when the 26-year-old from Pontypool forcefully stopped Australia’s Kaye Scott in the second round to win the women’s light middleweight gold.
Eccles suffered a controversial split-decision loss to England’s Sandy Ryan four years ago in the Gold Coast final and subsequently missed out on a spot at the Tokyo Olympics when a mysterious virus took hold of her body, giving her a second chance was denied coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m always a very optimistic person, but even I started to think I was suffering from a boxing curse,” Eccles said. “I was starting to think it just wasn’t going to happen.
“Things kept coming out of the blue – I came to the first qualifier and was attacked by a virus, then I was denied the chance to go to Tokyo. Getting through all of that and winning gold is just incredible.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/anthony-joshua-birmingham-scotland-josh-taylor-welsh-b2140295.html Delicious Orie enjoys a taste of victory after winning the gold medal in Birmingham