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Saturday, 27 July, 2002, 19:23 GMT 20:23 UK

Edwards edged out

By John Haughey
BBC Sport Online in Manchester

Welsh bantamweight Darren Edwards' Commonwealth Games hopes were ended by a countback defeat by South African Ludumo Galada.

The contest was scored at 12-12 but the South African claimed victory 53-48 on countback.

Edwards was philosophical after the bout acknowledging that the result "could have gone either way".

"He was quite lanky and hard to hit," said Edwards.

"I'm going to take a couple of weeks off and then go back in the gym but I will be remaining amateur," he added.

"It's nice to get the first fight out of the way"
Scotland's Kevin Anderson

Edwards had won his opening bout on Friday against Khumino Ikgopoleng of Botswana.

Galada felt he had edged the contest against the Welshman although he agreed that it had been "close".

"He was a good fighter and I'm pleased to get past him," said the South African.

Light-welterweight Kevin Anderson produced an excellent performance to defeat dangerous Pakistani Ali Shah and become Scotland's first boxing winner at the Games.

The Scots had lost their two opening contests

Anderson was facing an opponent who had claimed a silver medal at the last Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur but the Scot ran out a 29-18 winner.

Happe impressive

The margin may have been a tad generous but Anderson deserved the victory.

"It's nice to get the first fight out of the way," said Anderson.

"He has the reputation of being a big hitter but I felt I was able to deal with him fairly comfortably," he added.

English welterweight Danny Happe delighted the vocal home crowd in the final contest of the evening session by hammering Canadian Ryan Savage 23-6.

After a cagey opening round, Happe dominated the remainder of the contest against his fancied opponent.

"Since I moved up in weight I've felt 100% stronger"
Daniel Happe

Happe, who only recently moved up a weight, forced Savage to take a standing eight count with a left-right combination in the final round and floored Savage with another left which the referee contentiously ruled a slip.

"I thought I could have started a bit faster but in thelast two rounds I was cruising," said Happe.

"I can be a much better fighter than I was out there but I've put the training in and I'm very happy.

Knockout blow

"Since I moved up in weight I've felt 100% stronger and it's all come together a lot more".

African success was continued by Mozambique's Justino Miambo who defeated the inexperienced Australian Dorian Allen in the lightweight division.

However, Lesotho's hitherto unbeaten record in boxing at the Games was ended by a stunning left hook by Cypriot light-welterweight Ionas Christodoulou.

Tsepe Matete was on the receiving end of the knockout blow by the Cypriot.


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