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Boxers progress towards medals


Four boxers from host nation England won their first bouts at the Commonwealth Games in the opening session on Saturday 27 July.


Star of the show was lightweight (60kg) Andy Morris (ENG), who lives just one mile from The Forum Centre, Wythenshawe.

Nineteen-year-old Morris beat Courtney Harvey (JAM) in third round when the contest was stopped because the England boxer had gone 15 points ahead at 19-4.

Light-middleweight (71kg) Paul Smith (ENG) stopped Lee Jones(WAL) at the end of the third round after forcing a mandatory eight count with a right hook and dominating the previous two sessions.

Darren Barker (ENG) boxed cleverly as he used his superior height and reach to win 20-15 on points against Northern Irelandís Paul McCloskey.

Kenya bantamweight (54kg) David Munyasia looked stunned when the 22-18 points decision in favour of Mark Moran (ENG) was announced.

Moran will next face Martin Lindsay (NIR), who notched up Northern Irelandís first victory of the Games after four defeats on Friday with a 26-20 points decision over Manju Dine Wanniarachchi (SRI).

Australia also ended a run of three defeats thanks to Justin Kaneís convincing victory at the end of the third round when his bantamweight contest with Jonathan Yartey was stopped because he had gone 15 points ahead.

Lesotho continued their unbeaten run in boxing at the Games with a fourth victory when lightweight (60kg) Koloba Sehloho out-pointed King Abbey (GHA) 24-16.

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