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Boxing preview - 1 August


Andy Morris will fulfil a dream on Thursday when he gets into the ring at the MEN Arena to fight for a place in the Manchester 2002 lightweight final.

Andrew Morris

Morris will be roared on by the people of Manchester

19-year-old Morris will be cheered on by thousands of supporters in his home city in his semi-final against Zambiaís Dennis Zimba at a venue he has always wanted to perform at.

England has six other semi-finalists, including Mark Moran who has a tough fight against Justin Kane of Australia in the bantamweight semi-final. Kane is hoping to improve upon his disappointing eighth at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Kaneís team mate Daniel Geale fights Daniel Codling, from neighbouring New Zealand, for a place in the welterweight final.

There is also another clash between neighbouring countries when Englandís David Dolan meets Kevin Evans Wales for a place in the super-heavyweight final. Dolan is hoping to become the second successive English boxer after Audley Harrison to hold the super-heavyweight Commonwealth title.

Another all-British clash is Paul Smith against Craig McEwan of Scotland for a place in the light-middleweight final.

Canadaís Jean Pascal fights Junior Sylvest Greenidge of the Bahamas in the other light-middleweight semi-final. Both boxers have shown their capacity to land power punches at the Games and Pascal is one of six Canadian boxers hoping to earn a shot at gold.

Pascalís team mate Andrew Singh Kooner faces bantamweight Ezekiel Letuka who is attempting to win Lesothoís first ever boxing gold at the Games. Kooner arrives at the semi-finals full of confidence after a second round knock-out in his last fight.

South Africaís light-heavyweight Daniel Jan Venter has a tough task against Nigeriaís Jegbefumere Bone Albert. Albert defeated Englandís 1998 Games gold medallist Courtney Fry in the quarter-final.

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