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Shock for Lesotho

27 July 2002

Lesotho’s unbeaten boxing run at the Manchester Commonwealth Games came to a thudding halt when light-welterweight (63.5) Matete Tsepe was knocked out.

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Lesotho’s unbeaten boxing run at the Manchester Commonwealth Games came to a thudding halt when light-welterweight (63.5) Matete Tsepe was knocked out.

Ionas Christodoulou (CYP) planted a left hook on Tsepe’s chin in the second round and the Lesotho boxer fell in a heap to the canvas with his senses scrambled.

The contest was immediately stopped with Tsepe in no condition to continue and it marked Lesotho’s first defeat in six bouts at the Games.

Tsepe received medical attention while lying on the canvas for two minutes after the bout had been stopped before getting to his feet.

But hosts England remain unbeaten after Daniel Happe beat Canada welterweight (67kg) Ryan Savage 23-66 on points.

Happe boxed sensibly in the opening two rounds behind his flicking southpaw jab before unloading with a variety of shots and forcing a mandatory eight count in the last round.

Bantamweight (54kg) Darren Edwards (WAL), who had looked so composed in his first round bout on Friday, was beaten 53-48 on a countback system after a 12-12 draw with South Africa’s Ludumo Galada (RSA).

Andrew Kooner (CAN) assured himself of a berth in the bantamweight third round after another accomplished performance, stopping Franklyn Mayei(SLE) by a margin of 15 points in the third round.

Kooner meets Thokozani Masuku next after the Swaziland boxer forced two mandatory counts of eight in the last round against Gyanendra Kumar (FIJ) to win 37-19 on points.

The fight between Allan Luxford (AUS) and Justino Miambo (MOZ) was level on points until the last round when the powerful Mozambique boxer piled on the pressure and landed some ferocious shots to win a 20-15 points decision.


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