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Boxing preview - 26 July

26†July†2002

Todayís preliminaries at Forum Centre, Wythenshawe, will see bouts contested by boxers from all corners of the Commonwealth.

Courtney Fry

England's Courtney Fry will be defending his light-heavyweight title

Liam Cunningham of Northern Ireland faces a tough test in his flyweight (51kg) bout against Canadian Sebastien Gauthier in the first day of boxing at the Manchester Commonwealth Games on Friday.

Cunningham hopes to improve on his last effort in the Games four years ago when he won silver, but Gauthier has arrived in Manchester with a glowing reputation after being ranked fifth at the World Championships last year.

Bantamweight (54 kg) Michael Agard of Trinidad and Tobago faces 19-year-old South African Ludumo Galada, who took bronze at the All African Championship last year.

In the evening session, Englandís Courtney Fry begins his defence of the light-heavyweight (81kg) gold medal he won four years ago with a first round bout against Cameroonís Bertrand Tietsia.

New Zealand heavyweight hope Shane Cameron must overcome Ataga Solomon of Nigeria while Englandís David Haye faces Shaukat Ali of Pakistan, also at 91kg.

Indiaís first super-heavyweight at the Games, Harpal Singh, faces Michael Macaque Mauritius in his opening bout.

There is also an all-British clash between Cathal McMonagle of Northern Ireland and Kevin Llewwllyn Evans of Wales in the same division and Englandís David Dolan faces Jerry Otis Butler of the Bahamas.

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