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Manchester witnesses punch power

26 July 2002

The hard-hitters came to the fore on the first day of the boxing at the Forum Centre, Wythenshawe.

David haye

David Haye: mighty performance

Heavyweight David Haye from England needed no encouragement to underline his favourite status as he waded into Pakistan’s Shaukat Ali, stopping him with a score of 17-2 in the third round.

“There’s a lot more to come. I didn’t really get out of first gear and just floated around the ring. I wasn’t trying to look for one shot to end it – I just wanted to enjoy it. That was only really about 30 per cent of what I can do. I’m going to try and use this 15-point law a lot more to try and win my fights quicker at these Games.”, said Haye.

“I found it hard to wind myself up and I wasn’t loading up with big shots but just trying to pick him off.”

Meanwhile Northern Irish featherweight struggled to continue his team’s proud tradition in the Commonwealth Games by losing to Canadian Sebastien Gauthier.

“I fought him five or six months ago in Dublin and won but I felt sluggish tonight”, said Cunningham.

“I gave a few shots away in the first round but I didn’t think I was that far behind. I thought I shaded it in the last round but I didn’t feel sharp all fight.”

Gaultier was understandably pleased: “That was really good for my confidence because that guy was a silver medallist at the last Games. It’s good to be on top now because the guy beat me Ireland recently and this was sweet revenge for me. The last decision was probably more of a local decision but tonight I decided that I should pull it off and take him out.”

Finally, Commonwealth veteran Courtney Fry (ENG) could be well pleased with his 23-9 victory over Bertrand Tietsia (CMR) but refused to be over-confident.

“I’m enjoying this more than last time in Kuala Lumpur because I’m on home soil and the fans have really taken to me. I don’t consider that fight tough. There are better fighters out there and I will have to raise my game later in the competition.”

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