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Boxing preview - 28 July

28 July 2002

Scotland’s Colin McNeil begins his bid for welterweight gold with a tough test against Absolom Okoth of Kenya tonight.

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McNeil aims to improve upon the bronze medal he won at the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games in 1998, where Okoth won silver in the same weight division.

Welterweight Daniel Happe of England, who looked slick in his opening bout on Saturday, faces Wales’ Anthony Doherty in another all-British clash.

Happe’s former England team mate Tony Cesay, who is based in London but now fighting for Sierra Leone, takes on Malaysia’s Shuhairi Hussain, also at 67kg.

Canada’s Sebastien Gauthier made a declaration of intent by beating Liam Cunningham, the 1998 Games silver medallist from Northern Ireland, in his opening bout and faces Lesotho’s Emanuel Nketu next at flyweight.

Ionas Christodoulou of Cyprus created a reputation for himself at Manchester 2002 by winning his first bout by a knock-out and meets Nigeria’s Davidson Emenogu at light-welterweight next.

India’s Ramanand Ramanand should provided tougher opposition for England’s lightweight hope and local favourite Andy Morris, who won his first round fight comfortably on points on Saturday.

After beating Paul Mccloskey of Nigeria, England light-welterweight Darren Barker faces Jamaica’s Sheldon Rudolph, who narrowly defeated New Zealander Daniel Headifen.

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