Commonwealth Games: Kiwi boxer David Nyika wins shot at second gold

  • 13/04/2018
David Nyika
David Nyika wins his boxing semi-final on the Gold Coast. Photo credit: Photosport

Kiwi boxer David Nyika has earned the chance to fight for another Commonwealth Games gold medal with victory in the 91kg semi-finals on Friday.

The light heavyweight champion from Glasgow 2014 has stepped up a class this time and faced England's Cheavon Clarke for the right to progress to the final. Nyika ran out a convincing winner, taking a unanimous points decision.

Clarke came out swinging and showed a huge right hand that might have proved devastating, if it connected. The five judges all awarded Clarke the opening round, as the pugilists sounded each other out.

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But Nyika avoided his rival's best punches and skilfully picked him apart with his longer reach. He will now meet Australian Jason Whateley, who defeated an Indian opponent in the other semi-final.

That final is scheduled for 3:32pm Saturday.

Earlier, Troy Garton joined NZ teammate Tasmyn Benny as beaten boxing semi-finalists, who will automatically pick up bronze medals.

Women's 57kg exponent Alexis Pritchard and men's 91kg-plus fighter Patrick Mailata will also take home bronze, after losing to Northern Ireland's Micahaela Walsh and England's Frazer Clarke respectively, both in split decisions.