Tina Rahimi stuns Sameenah Toussaint on Birmingham debut

“I now know that I am a role model and an inspiration for Muslim women. I show you can do anything with the hijab, it’s important to get out and be active. They might feel like they don’t want to play sports because people might look at them weirdly,” Rahimi said.

“I want them to be comfortable going there. Now they see me on a public stage, doing what I love and showing that anything is possible and it doesn’t matter what they think of you.

Kaye Scott (left) is another of five Australian boxers in the medal mix in Birmingham.Credit:Getty

Rahimi is one of five Australians in the Commonwealth semi-finals, joining Kaye Scott (middleweight), Callum Peters (middleweight), Edgardo Coumi (heavyweight) and Caitlin Parker (lightweight) in the next round.

The news was not so good for Australian flyweight Alex Winwood, who won the first round against Zambian Patrick Chinyemba before being cut with a left just 19 seconds into the second round. The fight was called off and Winwood was reduced to tears as he left the ring.

“I feel like I’ve been robbed of a bit of an opportunity to prove myself. I felt good, the call was a little fast. I came down and just felt like it was an opportunity to show them what I’m made of, that I can come back from adversity,” Winwood said.

“It’s a difficult sport but she [the referee] made his decision and the referees are there to protect us. It’s like that.”

Later, South Australian heavyweight Coumi was in another class by Japheth Olton of Anguilla, winning via second-round stoppage.

Coumi moved superbly as he dodged a flurry of big punches before taking full control. But the fight almost didn’t start when Olton showed up wearing a red gumshield, which is against the rules. The officials let him start but Coumi was close to winning a bronze medal without even a fight.

“I just wanted to use my boxing ability, use my jab, I didn’t want to get into a tough fight. I saw his big shots coming, it was rolling under them, I felt good and fast. I’m just getting started,” Coumi said.

“I wouldn’t have taken bronze without a fight. I am here to fight. I have a medal now but I want gold. I came here for the big job.

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Coumi then meets the Englishman Lewis Williams, who won a bronze medal at the European championships and who is a technical and powerful fighter. But Coumi said he had met him in a fight before and was confident of qualifying for the gold medal match.

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