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Orie, 25, a super heavyweight, will face New Zealand’s Leuila Mau’u in Saturday’s semifinals after scoring a unanimous points victory over Trinidad and Tobago’s world bronze medalist Nigel Paul on Thursday night



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St George’s Day preparations ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

Delicious Orie, the man billed as the next Anthony Joshua, warned you’ll see him in the Commonwealth Games final after taking the roof off the NEC to guarantee at least a bronze medal.

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Super heavyweight Orie meets New Zealand’s Leuila Mau’u in Saturday’s semifinals after scoring a unanimous points victory over Trinidad and Tobago’s world bronze medalist Nigel Paul on Thursday night.

Orie, 25, was born outside Moscow to a Nigerian father and Russian mother, but racism prompted the family to move to Birmingham when he was just seven and spoke no English.

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At 6ft 6in, basketball was his first sporting calling until he took up boxing at 18, inspired by Joshua, also a ringside straggler, who won his first world title before rescuing his idol.

After completing a week-long wait to compete in front of a packed crowd of 4,500, Orie said, “AJ is a great inspiration and I’ve told him that personally. I probably wouldn’t be here without him.

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“He made me believe it was possible and I want to take that message and spread it to all the kids in the crowd or at home. It’s possible to achieve those things if you put your mind to it.” New Zealand’s Mau’u defeated St Lucia’s Leran Regis in a sickening fashion in the penultimate bout of the night, but Orie, who was swinging from the hip late on to a deafening roar, defeated trying to finish off his opponent isn’t concerned as he’s looking to improve on the bronze he won at this year’s European Championships.

He added: “I have my eye on the gold medal, I want to take it one step at a time.

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“Any opponent is dangerous, especially in super heavyweight. All it takes is one punch and I’m aware of that.

“I take every fight step by step. But you’ll see me there in the final, I think so.”

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Orie’s childhood home is just 20 minutes’ drive from the scene of his latest win and Birmingham’s new favorite son was impressed with the welcome he received.

“I couldn’t believe the atmosphere,” he explained.

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“I’ve been here for the past week watching the other guys but I never expected the audience today. I want to thank everyone who has been there for me and called my name.

“I won’t sleep tonight; I’ll be shadow boxing in my hotel room. I can’t wait to be back out there in a few days.”

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Orie is aiming to become the third consecutive English fighter to win the Commonwealth title in his weight class, after Joe Joyce and Frazer Clarke, with the latter now accompanying him on his journey.

Orie, who has a first-class degree in Economics and Management from Aston University, said: “I couldn’t be in a better place training with the likes of Frazer Clarke and Anthony Joshua. I knew I was in the best hands in the world.”

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With family on both sides of the Ukraine conflict, Orie said his mother spoke to relatives, with the main message being that no one called for war.

An incredible backstory plus amazing talent is usually a sure-fire recipe for a pressure cooker, but the man named Delicious seems to have an appetite for the big stage.

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“I wouldn’t call myself an athlete if I didn’t have that pressure on my shoulders,” he explained.

“I accepted it, I embraced it and I know I’m going to live with that for the rest of my boxing career. But I can’t wait, I’m ready for it.”

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