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Boxer McNeil avenges 1998 defeat

28 July 2002

Scotland's Colin McNeil avenged his 1998 Games defeat by welterweight Absolom Okoth of Kenya with a narrow points victory on Sunday night.

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McNeil won this time in Wythenshawe

McNeil had to be content with a bronze medal after losing to silver medallist Okoth four years ago, but he triumphed 108-99 on a countback after a 30-30 draw on points.

Scotland light-welterweight Kevin Anderson also progressed after an epic battle with Canada’s Roberto Romero, which he won 38-20 on points.

In another keenly contested fight, Wales welterweight Anthony Doherty defeated England’s Daniel Happe 33-22 on points after unloading a barrage of shots with his opponent penned against the ropes in round three.

But England did have one success in the evening session when light-welterweight Darren Barker’s immaculate display of counter-punching earned him victory by the 15-point system in round three against Nigeria’s Davidon Emenogu.

Cyprus’ light-welterweight Ionas Christodoulou failed to repeat the knock-out performance of his first-round bout when he was out-pointed by Nigerian Davidson Emenogu 20-14.

Canada’s Sebastien Gauthier, who conquered the 1998 Games silver medallist Liam Cunningham of Northern Ireland in his first-round bout, needed just two rounds to stop Emanuel Nketu Lesotho by the 15-points margin rule.

There were early wins also for Zambia’s Kennedy Kanyanta and Sri Lanka’s Amuruddha Rathnayake, both at flyweight.

Kanyanta had racked up a 15-point lead by the end of the second round against Wales’ Matthew Edmonds, while Rathnayake took just one minute and 20 seconds to stop Benard Ngumba Irunga of Kenya.

Namibia lightweight Nicanor Natangwe delivered some heavy blows to Justino Miambo of Mozambique, but he had to settle for a points win; 24-16.

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