Commonwealth Games: Kiwi boxer David Nyika overcomes bite for opening win

  • 06/04/2018

Kiwi heavyweight boxing medal prospect David Nyika says his opening defeat of Antigua and Barbuda's Yakita Aska in the Commonwealth Games was more tooth and nail than it looked.

All five judges comfortably gave the fight to Nyika after three rounds at Oxenford Studios on Friday.

"A little bit rugged, but a perfect start to a long tournament."

Nyika said Aska made things difficult.

"When they don't want to win, they want to survive, it's tough. I copped a couple of bite marks, a couple of low blows. It's a tough fight.

"He bit me in the end, but that's the sport we're in. Fair play to him, it's kill or be killed."

Mainly attacking Aska's head, Nyika stunned Aska with a right hook in the final minute of the first round which left him reeling. He then landed a left on the bell.

Nyika pushed Aska onto the ropes for much of the second round and using his eight and reach advantage, easily outpointed his opponent over all three rounds.

Nyika won a surprise gold in the light heavyweight division at Glasgow and has moved up to the 91kg class for the Gold Coast Games.

Aska, 28, who also competed in the light heavyweight division at Glasgow but lost in the quarters, admitted he was nervous before the fight.

"He is one of the best. He won gold at the last Commonwealth Games, so it was a bad draw for me. He is a very strong kid."

Nyika's next opponent will be Cameroon's Christian Ndzie Tsoye on Tuesday in the quarterfinals and then a possible semi against England's Cheavon Clarke.           

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