Samir El-Mais gave Canada its first boxing gold of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, winning the title in the men’s heavy (91 kg) class. 

El-Mais, of Windsor, Ont., defeated David Light of New Zealand in a split decision in the gold medal match. 

"This is the finals, so it's going to be close, if he wasn't that good, he wouldn't have been here," El-Mais said. "I am ok with the split decision, not because I had the win, but because we both fought our hearts out and it was a good battle from beginning to end."

Earlier in the day, Ariane Fortin of St. Nicholas, Que., earned a silver medal in the women’s 75 kg class. She lost in a split decision to England’s Savannah Marshall in the gold medal match. 

"I wanted gold, but the silver was not a gift, I earned it and worked really hard for it," she said. 

It was Canada’s second women’s boxing medal in Glasgow, as the event makes its Commonwealth debut. Mandy Bujold of Kitchener, Ont., earned bronze in the 51 kg class earlier in the Games.

Canada earned three boxing medals total at the Commonwealth Games (one gold, one silver, one bronze). 

With files from Commonwealth Games Canada