Boxers make it to the semi-finals
30 July 2002
Reigning Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Courtney Fry crashed out 27-22 to Nigerian Jegbefumere Bone Albert in the quarter-finals.
“I had the usual slow start and I just couldn’t get out of first gear, find second or third. When I did warm up it was too late,” said Fry afterwards.
“He was very sharp and was awkward being a southpaw. I would put money on him to win it now. I was surprised I was still down on points in the third. I was covering his shots on my gloves but the judges must still have been scoring them. He was not there to be hit,” he continued.
Albert was understandably jubilant with his progression: “It means nothing to me to beat the 1998 champion because now is 2002. I know I’m going to be the new Commonwealth champion. I knew he would not beat me. I don’t fear anyone because the ring is my yard.”
After the fight Fry was asked about any plans he had about turning pro after the Games: “I will decide about going professional in a couple weeks. It would be wrong to say what I’m going to do after a fight like that.”
Meanwhile elsewhere in the light-heavyweight division Australia has success with Ben McEachran defeating Wales’ James Clifford Whitfield 27-18
“That was a tough fight and it was my first in the Commonwealth Games so I felt quite nervous to begin with. I’ve been lucky with the draw because I’ve got a bronze after just one fight but I will only be satisfied with gold,” he said
“He gave me a standing count and caught me a few times but I knew I had won.”
There were also wins in for light-heavyweights Daniel Jan Venter (RSA) and Joseph Lubega (UGA).
In the heavyweights there were quarter-final wins for Andrew Young (SCO), Kertsen Manswell (TRI), Shane Cameron (NZL) and Jason Douglas (CAN) who progressed without fighting after David Haye’s withdrawal through injury.
Super-heavyweights David Cadieux (CAN), Gozie Dijeh (NGR), David Dolan (ENG) and Kevin Evans (WAL) all moved on to a semi-final spot.
Info News Service/np