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Cardiff Met student set to fight it out for gold at Commonwealth Games



A Cardiff Metropolitan University student is set to battle it out for a gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, with Rosie Eccles set to compete for the Women's 69kg Boxing Final.

Rosie, who boxes through the Pontypool Amateur Boxing Club, balances her promising boxing career with a MSc Sport Psychology Masters degree through the Cardiff Met's School of Sport and Health Sciences.

Her place in the final was secured via victory over Australia's Kaye Scott and she will now face England's Sandy Ryan in the 69kg final, with the view to securing what would be the first gold medal for a student from the university.

Alongside the potential of becoming a Commonwealth Champion, Rosie's list of accomplishments include ranking within the World Top 10 ranking positions for her weight division and becoming British champion.

Securing a Commonwealth title would prove perfect preparation for this gifted young boxer's burning ambition of becoming Olympic Champion at the Tokyo games in 2020.

Speaking on her achievements to this point, Owen Rodgers, Acting Director of Sport, said: "We are exceptionally proud of just how well Rosie has done so far in the Commonwealth Games, to have reached a gold medal fight is a truly exceptional achievement.

"To successfully balance the work that she has put into her studies with the sacrifices that she has made for her boxing epitomises the dedication that has gotten her to this point in her career.

I have no doubts that she has both the skill and the determination it takes to deliver a gold medal for her country come Saturday and I am also certain that she will have the whole university supporting her as she does it!"

Rosie's championship fight will take place on 14th April, with the bout scheduled to begin at 11:02 BST. You can follow the fight across the BBC's coverage of the games.