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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 March 2006, 10:17 GMT
British boxers strike golden form
Paul Broadhurst celebrates his gold medal
Broadhurst celebrates capturing gold
British boxers enjoyed a great day in the ring on Saturday with five Englishmen and one Scot winning gold.

Light heavyweight Ken Anderson fought back strongly to take gold for Scotland against Nigerian Adura Olalehin.

Flyweight Don Broadhurst, featherweight Stephen Smith, lightweight Frankie Gavin also won while super heavyweight David Price beat Kevin Evans of Wales.

And English light welterweight Jamie Cox had a walkover but light flyweight Darran Langley was surprisingly beaten.

Langley took the first round against Jafet Uutoni but the Namibian came back in style in the final three rounds to win his country's first gold medal of these Commonwealth Games.

The result meant that Langley has won silver for the second Games in a row.

The London boxer, who lost a five-point lead in Manchester, said he was "devastated" to miss out again.

I've dedicated myself to the sport for so long and this is my reward
Don Broadhurst

"Maybe tomorrow or next week I'll appreciate what I've achieved," he said. "But I've worked four years for this moment. I wanted the gold so much I could almost grab it and reel it in. But it wasn't to be.

"I've had three tough fights before this, which may have had something to do with it, while he's had a far easier ride. The other three lads I fought were better than him which is why I feel so disappointed."

Price, who came back from three knockdowns to win his semi-final, enjoyed a thoroughly convincing stoppage win over Welshman Evans.

Evans who had won both their previous meetings but Price came up with some of his trademark uppercuts to turn the tables on this occasion.

And after forcing his opponent to take a standing count, the Liverpudlian extended his lead until he reached the 20-point outclassed rule with less than a minute remaining of round three.

Broadhurst, who enjoyed a comfortable 20-10 win over South African Jackson Chauke, said: "The whole team has been buzzing since we got here and standing on the podium was a dream come true.

Stephen Smith of England receives his gold medal at the Commonwealth Games
Smith's gold outdid his brother's silver in 2002

"I've dedicated myself to the sport for so long and this is my reward."

Smith, whose elder brother Paul won light-middleweight silver in Manchester four years ago, was always in control against Pakistan's Lassi Mehrullah and the 20-year-old even received a warning for showboating from the referee.

Gavin's accurate counter-punching reaped rich rewards as he cruised to a 23-9 victory.

"I boxed well but not as well as in my previous bouts but I've taken the gold medal home," said the 22-year-old.

"I felt I knew I was capable of winning the gold from the outset. I feel I've improved so much in the last year but I can get so much better."

Anderson paid tribute to the crowd after clinching gold for Scotland.

"I'm just so happy about this I can't begin to describe it," said the 23-year-old from Edinburgh. "It's tremendous and it felt like I was fighting at home, the support was so big."

Cox expressed disappointment at being unable to wrap up his highly impressive campaign with victory in the ring after opponent Moses Kopo of Lesotho pulled out with an ear problem but was still delighted with gold.

"It is still the best moment of my life and I am going to enjoy it. I felt I would have beaten him anyway," he said.

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