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Tuesday, 30 July, 2002, 12:29 GMT 13:29 UK

Holder Fry bows out

By John Haughey
BBC Sport Online in Manchester

Courtney Fry's hopes of retaining his Commonwealth light-heavyweight title were ended at the quarter-final stage on Tuesday.

However, Fry's team-mate David Dolan, Scotland's Andrew Young and Welsh super-heavyweight Kevin Evans will go home with at least bronze medals after claiming quarter-final victories in the afternoon session.

Tough Nigerian Jegbefumere Albert earned a 27-22 win over Fry.

The light-heavyweight's defeat was another blow for England's boxing team following the withdrawal of his room-mate David Haye through injury on Monday.

The Englishman was 14-7 down after two rounds and, despite appearing to produce a good third round, was still seven in arrears entering the final session.

The 27-year-old produced a strong last round but the Nigerian held on to claim victory.

"I'm here to win the gold medal"
Jegbefumere Albert

"I felt like a lot of his punches were hitting me on the glove but obviously the judges were scoring them," said Fry.

"I had trouble getting near him in the opening two rounds and, when I did find my range a bit after that, it was already too late".

After his win, the Nigerian vowed that he would go on to claim the gold medal.

"Even beating the champion at this stage of the competition means nothing to me," said Albert.

"I'm here to win the gold medal."

English super-heavyweight David Dolan earned a place in the semi-finals after a second round stoppage of Star Tauasi from the south Pacific coral island of Niue.

Dolan was always in control against his portly 19-stone opponent.

"I've got to box harder guys if I'm going to go better than bronze"
Scotland's Andrew Young

Meanwhile, Scotland's Andrew Young had earlier become the first Briton to claim a medal in the boxing competitions when he stopped Welshman Lee Milsjen in the first round of their heavyweight quarter-final.

He is assured of at least a bronze medal.

Milsjen had already taken a standing count when the referee called a halt four seconds from the end of the opening round.

Young admitted he could hardly believe his luck after seeing the draw.

It gave him a first round bye and a second round meeting with a man he had beaten in the Four Nations tournament in Ireland three months ago.

"I saw it and I thought, how can I be so lucky," said the 22-year-old.

"But I know I've got to box harder guys now if I'm going to go better than bronze."

Whitfield loses

Welsh super-heavyweight Kevin Evans guaranteed himself at least a repeat of his bronze medal in Kuala Lumpur by defeating Michael Macaque 19-9 in their quarter-final.

Evans will fight David Dolan in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Scotland's Ian Millarvie narrowly missed out on becoming the third British fighter to make the super-heavyweight semi-finals when losing 26-24 to Nigeria's Gozie Dijeh.

Earlier, Welshman James Whitfield had been beaten by Australia's Ben McEachran in the light-heavyweight quarter-finals.

The 25-year-old army chef lost a 27-18 verdict.

Whitfield put in a big effort in the final round, forcing McEachran to take a standing count.

However, the Australian had dominated the opening three rounds and had enough in hand to claim victory.


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