Langley makes a date in the semis
31 July 2002
Light-flyweight Darran Langley has guaranteed himself a medal at the Commonwealth Games.
The semi-finals for the boxing will now move from Forum Centre, Wythenshawe to the M.E.N Arena
He comfortably outpointed Ghana's Joseph Martey 23-8 in the light-flyweight quarter-finals making him the 6th British boxer to ensure leaving the Games with a medal.
The Englishman said that he had been suffering from a cold since the weekend, but added: "Nothing was going to stop me winning that fight tonight."
Langley will meet Malaysia's Zamzai Mohamad in the semi-finals on evening of 1 August.
The Malaysian edged out Namibia's Joseph Jermia 14-13 to earn his place in the last four.
Also to make it through to the boxing semi-finals are Veikko Josua of Namibia who beat Petro Mtagwa of Tanzania.
Jitender Kumar of India won in his middleweight quarter final beating Nigerian Murtala Abdulsalam: “I am more experienced now than I was at the last Games, I have been to the Olympics and I have learned a lot.
“The crowd will not bother me. They will help the English boxer but that’s okay, I’m still confident.”
Featherweight, Benoit Gaudet of Canada, who beat English medal hope Steve Bell 18-15 on points, said: “It’s always hard to fight the local guy. Having points deducted did not affect me. I didn’t think I really deserved it.”
And a resolute Bell said of his defeat: “I have enjoyed every minute of the Games. He was tricky and I had to change my style. He did not want to fight – he ran. I just wish I had four or more rounds to wear him down."
“My son asked me to bring back a gold medal and I feel sorry for him because I can’t do it.”
The semi-finals for the boxing will take place at the MEN Arena on 1 August and the finals on 3 August.
Info News Service/np