he name suggested it was always destined to be Golden Delicious.
And so it went for 25-year-old Delicious Orie, who was inspired by Anthony Johsua to get into boxing and won super heavyweight gold at 215e and last fight of Birmingham 2022.
Against India’s Sagar Ahlawat, Orie lost the first round but battled back to win the remaining two sets for a deserving Commonwealth Games gold medal just a few miles from his home in Wolverhampton.
Few boast a more circuitous and initially more difficult route to the colors of British boxing. Born in Moscow to a Nigerian father and a Russian mother, he moved to England aged seven after his family faced years of racism.
The Orie family eventually settled in Wolverhampton four years later, but it wasn’t until the age of 18 that he took up boxing, a latecomer to the sport much like his inspiration, Joshua.
It was only fitting that the most homegrown fighter at this Commonwealth Games, who has a first in economics and management, would win gold in the last bout of the entire boxing schedule.
And in doing so, he scored a hat-trick of titles in this division for the England team with Joe Joyce and then Frazer Clarke.
Orie has made no secret of his plans to turn professional in 2024, but he plans to be both a world champion and an Olympic champion beforehand.