Mixed boxing fortunes for Canada
01 August 2002
Canada had mixed fortunes in the first session of semi-finals on Thursday with two of their four boxers progressing to finals at the MEN arena.
Light middleweight Jean Pascal won his contest with ease in the second round and super heavyweight David Cadieux forced two mandatory counts against Nigeria’s Gozie Dijeh before winning 33-19 on points.
But flyweight Sebastien Gauthier complained of an arm injury after losing 34-26 to Zambia’s Kennedy Kanyanta while featherweight Benoit Gaudet also lost his semi-final.
There is another England-Canada clash in the super-heavyweight final after David Dolan progressed because his fight with Kevin Evans was stopped with the Welshman having sustained a nose injury.
Evans, heavyweight bronze medallist at the 1998 Games, had accelerated to a 7-2 lead but the contest was repeatedly interrupted for him to receive treatment for a nosebleed. With Evans 7-2 ahead, the referee stopped the contest before the end of the first round.
It will be an India – Pakistan clash in the featherweight final after Haider Ali and Som Pun Bahadur won their respective semi-finals.
Pakistan have never won a Games medal in boxing before but Ali ensured gold or silver by beating one of the favourites Benoit Gaudet of Canada 16-7 on points.
Gaudet had never been behind in any of his previous Manchester 2002 contests, but he never even got ahead against the confident Pakistani. The referee stopped Pun Bahadur’s fight in the third round after he outclassed Veikko Josua of Namibia 21 points to six.
The African nations enjoyed a successful day with five boxers into the finals. Nigeria’s light heavyweight Jegbefumere Bone Albert, conqueror of 1998 Games gold medallist Courtney Fry in the quarter-finals, defeated South Africa’s Daniel Jan Venter 30-18 on points after both boxers had taken mandatory counts in a lively third round.
Light-welterweight Davies Mwale was defeated at the semi-finals stage for the second successive Games after losing 28-22 on points to Uganda’s Mohammed Kayongo.
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