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Namibian provides a boxing shock

29 July 2002

Namibia youngster Joseph Jermia caused an upset by proving far too strong for Kula Lumpur bronze medallist Roudik Kazanjian of Cyprus.

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The Wythenshawe Forum Centre has played host to some explosive boxing

The 20-year-old beat Kazanjian, a man 13 years his senior, 39-20 on points after a mandatory count in the third round at the Wythenshawe Forum Centre.

Canada light-middleweight Jean Thenistor Pascal lit up Monday’s opening session with a sparkling debut at the Manchester Commonwealth Games.

The 19-year-old, who came fifth at last year’s world championships, showed speed and power in his two-round destruction of Lesotho’s Mosolesa Tsie.

Pascal, who is training to become a police officer, forced a mandatory count of eight in the opening session and then sent Tsie tumbling backwards with a left hook in the second round before the contest was stopped.

India middleweight Jitender Kumar, the 1998 Games silver medallist, also look impressive after knocking out Sierra Leone’s Jospeh Farmer in the first round with a right hook.

England light-flyweight Darran Langley was pushed to the limit by Northern Ireland’s Paul Baker. Langley was shaken by a right in the second round but responded well and finished strongly to win 24-19 on points in his first bout at the Games.

Botswana’s Leslie Sekotswe had the easiest fight of the Games so far when he progressed without throwing a punch after his featherweight opponent Bobirnat Ovidu of Cyprus failed to turn up.

Namibia featherweight Veikko Josua survived a mandatory count in the last round to defeat Australia’s Gregory Eadie 31-26 on points.

Papua New Guinea have lodged an appeal about Junior Ben Tami’s second round defeat by Tanzania’s Petro Mtagwa on the 15-point rule system.

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