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Saturday, 3 August, 2002, 15:00 GMT 16:00 UK

Arthur wins Welsh gold

By John Haughey
BBC Sport Online in Manchester

Jamie Arthur claimed Wales' first boxing Commonwealth Games gold medal since 1958 when he defeated Zambia's Dennis Zimba in the lightweight final at the MEN Arena.

Wales had not won a boxing gold since the late Howard Winstone's victory 44 years ago.

Arthur was awarded the verdict 37-35, although the Zambian looked astonished at the decision.

Winstone clinched bantamweight gold in front of his home city fans in Cardiff in 1958 and went on to win the world featherweight title.

Arthur fought tigerishly throughout the contest, landing big lefts in the second and third rounds.

"I always loved and respected Howard Winstone"
Jamie Arthur

The Zambian also landed with a number of big shots and it was clear at the finish that the verdict would be desperately close.

"I'll never be able to walk in Howard Winstone's shoes but if I can follow in his footsteps that would be great," said Arthur.

"He is a man who I always loved and respected.

"I said all along I only wanted gold but this is a dream come true."

Arthur, a 22-year-old scaffolder, suffered from a cut on the bridge of his nose in his semi-final but despite two stoppages to wipe away the blood, clung on for his famous triumph.

Earlier, Kennedy Kanyanta had achieved a notable milestone for Zambia by claiming the African nation's first ever Commonwealth gold medal in the flyweight final.

Kanyanta defeated Botswana's Lechedzani Luza 25-12.

Pakistan gold

Australia's Justin Kane claimed the bantamweight crown on countback after his battle against Canada's Andrew Kooner had ended 34-34.

Kane took the countback verdict 120-113.

Kooner compatriot Jason Douglas did win thanks to a 20-13 win over Trinidad's Kertson Manswell in the heavyweight final.

Indian's hopes of winning a second boxing gold of the day were dashed when Pakistan's Haider Ali won the featherweight title.

Ali took a comprehensive 28-10 win against Som Bahadur Pun.

Australia's Daniel Geale beat South African's Kwanele Zulu 26-17 in the welterweight final while Jegbefumere Bone Albert of Nigeria defeated Uganda's Joseph Lubega 16-8 in the light-heavyweight decider.


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