HEAVYWEIGHT Simon Vallily will never get an easier Commonwealth Games silver medal after he was given a walkover in the semi-finals, but he insists it will mean nothing unless he finishes the job today.

The 25-year-old was due to fight 2006 bronze medallist Awusone Yekeni for a place in the gold-medal match on Monday, but in the lead up to the bout the Ghanaian withdrew with a shoulder injury.

M i d d l e s b r o u g h - b o r n Vallily was forced to go through the formalities, climbing in to the ring to have his headguard and mouthguard inspected, before he was declared the winner and setting up a showdown with British rival Steven Ward of Northern Ireland for gold.

And while Vallily was delighted to upgrade his guaranteed bronze to silver, he insists his job is far from done in Delhi.

“He probably saw my last fight that’s why he pulled out,” joked a relaxed Vallily, who won both his fights in India by knockout.

“I found out earlier on when I was in the stadium. I am not really bothered to be honest how I get there as long as I am on the big stage.

“I am really enjoying the whole Games. It has been a brilliant experience but there’s still one job left to do so that’s the main thing.

“It would mean everything to get a gold medal. Whatever happens I am definitely staying amateur for 2012.

This has been a great experience and 2012 will be even bigger so that’s where everyone wants to be.”

After knocking out Isle of Man’s Dominic Winrow in his first match, Vallily forced the referee to end his secondround contest with Cameron fighter Arsene Fokou with 20 seconds remaining following a brutal left-right.

But while Vallily has impressed with his power, England team leader Martin Webb doesn’t believe the bye will play in to the Teesside fighter’s hands.

“It’s not done him any favours because he will have a very hard final,”

“He’s had two stoppages so far, ideally he could have done with a full three rounds in the semi final.”

Vallily is ninth up on a busy day of finals for British boxers, with fellow North-East fighter Bradley Saunders going for gold two bouts earlier when he meets home favourite Manoj Kumar for the light welterweight title.

And Vallily is hoping it will be a golden double for the North East, he added: “It’s great to have Bradley in a final as well and hopefully he will be cheering me on with a gold medal round his neck.”