Commonwealth Games 2022: Gold Coast champion Rhys McClenaghan

Commonwealth Games 2022: Gold Coast champion Rhys McClenaghan on how Katie Taylor is inspiring him to glory

The 23-year-old Team NI gymnast, who defeated his opponent to compete at the Games,

is travelling to Birmingham after lowering the Olympic champion Max Whitlock's flag on the Gold Coast pommel horse four years ago.

Rhys McClenaghan, a proud Northern Irishman, is being inspired by Katie Taylor's glittering victory under the bright New York lights as he struggles to defend his Commonwealth title.

The 23-year-old Team NI gymnast, who four years ago took down Olympic champion Max Whitlock's flag on the Gold Coast pommel horse

now heads to Birmingham after succeeding in his bid to take part in the Games.

In April, McClenaghan, who competed for Ireland on the pommel horse at the 2016 Summer Olympics, switched to pay-per-view to see Taylor, an Irish boxing sensation