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Bell to box clever at Manchester 2002

15 May 2002

One of the proudest men that will be competing at the Commonwealth Games this summer will be hoping to deliver a knock out blow as the captain of one of England’s strongest teams at the 10-day sporting extravaganza.

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Bell wants nothing less than a Games gold medal

Steven Bell is from Ashton-Under-Lyne and has become one of Britain’s leading amateur boxers; this summer he will captain the English boxing team looking to emulate the success of four years ago when it won four golds and two bronzes in Kuala Lumpur.

“Four years ago I was only 21 and just happy to have been selected. This time I want nothing less than a gold medal,” said Bell who flies out to Austria this Saturday with his new teammates for a week of intensive training.

Bell trains at the same Nichols Police ABC gym as Ricky ‘Hitman’ Hatton, but the 26 year-old fends off any probing questions about following the world champion into the professional game.

“At the moment, I am not looking any further than Manchester this summer. Ever since the city was awarded the Games it has been my ultimate ambition to win a gold medal in front of my home fans,” he said.

Bell, who has also dabbled in acting, will lead a team of 12 boxers that also includes fellow Manchester boxer Andy Morris. The Commonwealth Games has been the springboard for some of boxing’s most distinguished careers, non more so than Audley Harrison who first burst on the scene in 1998.

The early rounds of the boxing will take place at the Wythenshawe Forum before moving on to the Manchester Evening News Arena for the semi-finals and finals on 1 August and 3 August.

The inclusion of the local Manchester stars has boosted ticket sales which are still available online or through the ticket hotline on 0870 162 2002.

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