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Commonwealth Games day 3 - preliminaries
Commonwealth Games day 3 - preliminaries
Page last updated at 11:37PM BST, Sunday, 27 July 2014
Another successful day at the SECC in Glasgow saw four members of the GB Boxing squad book places in the quarter finals.
Joe Cordina was the first GB boxer to make it into the last eight. The Welsh lightweight punched with power and precision to overcome David Gauthier of Canada - the boxer who stopped him ten weeks ago. Cordina's revenge came early in the first round, when he sent the Canadian crashing to the canvas with a left hook, going on to win the bout 3:0. He will now face New Zealander Chad Milnes for the chance of a medal.

Scotland's light welterweight Josh Taylor won a unanimous decision over Mauritius' Richarno Colin to set up a quarter final clash with Zack Davies of Wales. Davies won a unanimous points decision over Nigerian Waheed Shogbamu to book his place in the quarters.

England's light welterweight Sam Maxwell booked a quarter-final with Manoj Kumar of India after a defeat of Kenyan Denis Okoth.Heavyweight Baister won his first fight of the Games on a split decision against the silver medallist from Delhi 2010, Northern Ireland’s Steven Ward.

He said: "He was strong, stronger than I thought. Everyone says the African nations are wild but he knew what he was doing.

“At times he was throwing in a few faints and he was definitely a strong boxer so it kept me switched on."

On his quarter-final with India’s Manoj Kumar, he added: "It is going to be a tough fight, I really rate him as a boxer but we will have the tactics in place to beat him. It will be for a medal so there is no way he is going to stop me."

Heavyweight Warren Baister beat Northern Ireland's Steven Ward on a split decision to secure a place in the last eight of the competition, where he will box Canadian Samir El-Mais.

Warren said: "I had a little bit too much adrenaline to start with and it took me a while to get my head together.

"The second round I started to pick it up and the third round I was fine but I got dragged into the trenches a bit."

Charlie Edwards was eliminated from the competition by talented Scot Reece McFadden - the boxer who caused an upset by defeating Welsh world number one Andrew Selby in his first contest of the competion. McFadden boxed well over three rounds to win a unanimous decision, eliminating the Repton boxer from the competition.

As well as Davies and Cordina, Wales had success with light heavyweight Nathan Thorley, who won a TKO in the first round of his bout against Banjamin Taualii of Tonga. Team mate Kody Davies was less lucky, losing a 3:0 decision to Scotland's Stephen Lavelle at 91kg. Scott Forrest, also representing Scotland, lost a unanimous decision to David Nyika of New Zealand.



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