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Boxing gold for Wales

03†August†2002

Wales won their first Commonwealth boxing gold for 44 years when Jamie Arthur defeated Zambia's Dennis Zimba in an enthralling lightweight contest.

Jamie Arthur

Jamie Arthur on top of the podium

Zimba had proved to be too strong for Manchesterís Andy Morris in the semis, but Arthur put in an exceptional performance at the MEN arena to win the high scoring contest 37-35.

The fight was level at the halfway stage 19-19 and Arthur had been on the ropes, but the 22-year-old came back in the third to open up a three point lead and then he did just enough in the final round to seal victory.

Afterwards he said: ďThatís my dream come true. Iíve been waiting years for this.Ē

There was another gold for England as an impressive Darren Barker beat Ugandaís Mohammed Kayongo 18-14.

Barker fell to his knees as the victory was announced and afterwards he said: ďI was over the moon. Itís everything Iíve worked for for the last eight years.Ē

Haider Ali became the first-ever Pakistani boxer to win a medal at the Commonwealth games and he did it in style.

Ali proved to be far superior than his Indian opponent Som Bahadur Pun beating him by 17 points 28-11 to take the gold medal in the featherweight division.

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