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  Friday, 2 August, 2002, 11:39 GMT 12:39 UK
No contest for Barker
Barker celebrated by throwing some shapes
English light-welterweight Darren Barker had the easiest fight of his career on Thursday as he reached the final of the Commonwealth Games.

Barker won his boxing semi-final after just one second - and without even throwing a punch.

Barker's opponent, Nigerian Davidson Emenogu, injured himself playing football in the athletes' village the night before the bout.

But in order to be given the victory Barker had to put on his gloves and headguard and stand in his corner for a second.

Really stupid

The English fighter then celebrated his "win" with a victory dance but admitted that he felt more than a little foolish.

"I just felt really stupid being out there," he said.

Canadian heavyweight Jason Douglas also had to go through the charade.

His opponent, England's David Haye, pulled out of their bout with an injured bicep and even Haye said it was "a bit of a silly rule."

BBC Sport Online could not agree more and there is only one thing to say to the boxing authorities.

If you persist in being daft, you can just go and stand in the corner.


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