Northern Ireland’s Aidan Walsh (red) v England’s Pat McCormack (blue) during the Men’s Welter (69kg) final at Oxenford Studios during day ten of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia.

Sunderland born Welterweight Pat McCormack delivered on his aim for a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games with a unanimous victory over Northern Irish opponent Aidan Walsh in the final on Saturday.

McCormack who competed at both the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio has cited Anthony Joshua as his inspiration.

The Birtley based fighter will be looking to emulate the rise Joshua has enjoyed following his Olympic win in 2012. Joshua also lives and trains with the GB squad that McCormack is a part of for parts of the year.

McCormack told the Sunderland Echo: “Anthony has made a great contribution, he is in the gym all the time and he started on the squad that we are now on, coming to these tournaments. So if he started from there to how good he is now, it just shows that anyone can do it.

“When he is in the gym, the heavyweight champion of the world, doing the same training as us. I want the riches, the fame and the glory like him. I might not be as big as him, but if I get half of that or quarter I will be happy.

“This gold medal feels great, I was a bit young in Glasgow and two weights lighter so I was killing myself at the weight but since then I have experienced an Olympics and the pressure didn’t get to us. I boxed well when it mattered.”

The Englishman had far too much class for Walsh, who sat back and refused to engage with his opponent, and having watched his twin brother Luke suffer a disappointing defeat in his semi-final Pat had extra motivation to deliver a gold.

“He obviously had his tactics to go on the backfoot and try to pinch the fight but I cut him off, I was beating him to the shot and out-worked and out-strengthed him,” he said.

“I watched Luke’s fight before my semi-final, I thought Luke was throwing the cleaner punches but the other lad was throwing more and Luke didn’t do enough.

“All day I was fuming after that so I took it out on my Indian opponent and gave him a bit of a hiding.”

Luke McCormack wasn’t left empty-handed despite losing his light welterweight semi-final to eventual winner Jonas Jonas of Namibia as he returns from the Gold Coast with a bronze medal.