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Boxer Smith clings on

01 August 2002

England’s Paul Smith clung on against Craig McEwan of Scotland to book his place in the light middleweight final at the MEN arena.

Darren Barker

Barker went through without even throwing a punch

19-year-old Smith had his opponent on the ropes in the second round with a good flourish of punches and he entered the final round with a comfortable lead of 15 points to 11.

The Liverpudlian tired and looked to be holding on as McEwan gave it his all. But Smith did just enough taking victory by one point, 20-19, despite losing the final round by three points.

Smith will now face the much fancied Jean Pascal after the Canadian won his bout with Junior Sylvest Greenidge of the Bahamas in the second round by going 15 points ahead.

Pascal nearly won the fight in the first round forcing the referee to give his opponent two standing eight counts.

But Smith still didn’t seem phased with the prospect of facing the hard-hitting Canadian: “He’s not gonna beat me in front of this crowd. He’ll have to kill me to beat me,” he said afterwards.

In the light welterweight division England’s Darren Barker went through by ‘walkover’ after Nigeria’s Davidson Emenogu had to withdraw from Manchester 2002 because of a foot injury sustained in a game of football at the athletes' village.

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