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Boxing Sunday, 28 July, 2002, 14:14 GMT 15:14 UK
Msutu mauls Marsh
Msutu and Marsh made a whirlwind start to their bout
Marsh (right) is the 2001 ABA flyweight champion

South African flyweight Nzimeni Msutu ended England's Commonwealth Games winning streak with a dramatic knockout of Matthew Marsh.

The hosts had won all eight of their contests before former ABA champion Marsh was pole-axed by a ferocious right hand early in the second round.

The London teenager lay on the canvas for five minutes while he received treatment.

And he was still groggy when he was helped out of the ring and taken by ambulance from the Wythenshawe Forum.

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Matthew is fine but he's been taken to hospital for observation
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Ian Irwin
England coach

However, England coach Ian Irwin said: "He's fine but he's been taken to hospital just for observation."

Marsh had been up against it from the opening bell as Msutu, the South African amateur champion, showed his skill and punching power.

His opponent tried to reply in kind and the two 19-year-olds made the fastest start seen in the tournament so far.

But Marsh's attacking intent left him vulnerable to the tall South African, who quickly made him pay the price.

Msutu rocked the West Ham fighter with two hard lefts and then dropped him with a right 30 seconds from the end of the first round.

Marsh took an eight count but was in trouble again at the start of the second.

This time it took Msutu less than 20 seconds to finish the contest as he produced the hammer blow from which Marsh could not get up.

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