Boxing semi-finalists decided
30 July 2001
The line-up of boxing’s semi-finals is now complete. The evening session began with the bantamweight division quarter-finals and the first three contests were over in next to no time.
Andy Morris charges on to the semis
First up Mark Moran (ENG) stopped Northern Ireland’s Martin Lindsey with a 15-point margin. Moran said later: “I was surprised that he never went the distance because he’s got a reputation for being a good boxer. I thought he was sharper than that.
Moran’s win set’s up a battle with Australia’s Justin Kane
“I’ve seen Justin Kane box at other tournaments and he’s impressive but if I can box the way I did tonight, you never know but it could be a gold medal,” said Moran
Kane meanwhile disposed of Emillian Patric in the first round by a 15-point margin and was equally bullish: “The crowd will not bother me against Moran – I will block them out.”
“I didn’t think I would get through that quickly but I was fired up because of what happened in the Olympics. “I’ve matured and I know I’m better than I was at the Olympics.”
Andrew Singh Kooner went one better still by knocking out Thokozani Masuku (SWZ) in the second round: “I’m taking it one step at the time and not thinking about whether I can win gold but just beat my next opponent. I would like to think my power is the best here but this sport is about scoring punches and you don’t see too many knock-outs.”
In the other battle Ezekial Letuko (LES) scraped past Ludumo Galada (RSA) by a margin of 31-30.
Next up was the lightweight division. Dennis Zimba of Zambia squeezed through with a 29-18 over Giovanni Frontin (MRI) while local hero Andy Morris was roared on to success over Salawu of Nigeria, winning by a 15-point margin.
There were also semi final spots booked by Jamie Arthur (WAL) and Gilbert Khunwane of Botswana.
Light-welterweight was the final category of the day’s events. Davies Mwale (ZAM) stopped Vivian Bryan of Wales in the fourth round.
There were wins also for Mohammed Kayongo (UGA) beating Jarrod Flether (AUS) 25-22, Darren Barker (ENG) beating Lartey (GHA) 24-8.
In the final bout of the day Davidson Emenogu of Nigeria beat Kevin Anderson of Scotland 40-23 to book the last place in the semi-finals.