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Morris' boxing dream ended

01 August 2002

Local boy Andy Morris has had his dream of winning the gold medal in front of his home crowd shattered at the MEN arena.

Andrew Morris

Morris was devastated with defeat

Morris will have to make do with bronze after losing 26-22 in his semi-final contest with Zambia’s Dennis Zimba.

The 19-year-old had looked like a good bet for the gold medal in his qualifying bouts at the Wythenshawe Forum, and he was leading well at the halfway stage but Mohamed and the MEN arena proved to be a stage too far for the youngster.

Afterwards he admitted that he couldn't be content with bronze, but he vowed: "I'll learn from this mistake."

The lightweight hopes of the home nations will now rest with Wales' Jamie Arthur as he battled bravely with a cut eye to defeat Gilbert Kunwane of Botswana in the other semi, 31-28. The Welshman was rushed from ringside to have stitches in his wound after his victory.

England enjoyed success in the middleweight division though with St Helen’s Steven Birch winning comfortably against India’s Jitender Kumar 32 points to 23.

Birch will face Australia’s Paul Miller for the gold medal after the man from Darwin beat his Canadian opponent Michael Walchuk on a countback with the score being tied 25-25 after four rounds. The Aussies now have three boxers in the finals.

Birch was thrilled with how well he's done: “Just getting picked for England has been my dream for two years, now I dream of being on top of the podium.”

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