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Scot Next For Hill

After 36 years another Fijian boxer has won at the Commonwealth Games. Welterweight boxer Winston Hill pulled off an upset points win over Lyndel Marcellin of St Lucia in a
08 Apr 2018 11:00
Scot Next For Hill
Winston Hill (gives a heart sign) with his team after his win in Gold Coast, Australia, on April 7, 2018. Photo: Napoleon Taumoepeau

After 36 years another Fijian boxer has won at the Commonwealth Games.

Welterweight boxer Winston Hill pulled off an upset points win over Lyndel Marcellin of St Lucia in a brutal 3-round fight. Trainer Napoleon Taumoepeau said the win was made possible through team work.

The judges, Valeri Pastuhov scored 29-28, Farhad Engineer carded 28-29, Alvin Finch scored 29-28, Sid Mikretari scored 30-27 and Arnagirenathan Vadivel carded 28-29.

Hill has now qualified for the quarterfinals where he takes on Stephen Newns of Scotland. A win is going to get him closer to a medal. The last Fijian boxer to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal was Sani Fine in 1982.

When approached Hill said, “It feels good to finally come out with a win in one of the biggest tournaments which is closer to the Olympic Games.”

“I won the first round but he came back and changed his game plan in the second round but I was firm on the final round.”

The 24 year old couldn’t hold back his tears as he thought of the people back home who were affected by the floods.

“I was interviewed by the media people and I got so emotional when I was asked about the flood and I told them about our families back home who were suffering. Even some of my families are in the West and I’m just thinking about everyone, this win is dedicated to all of them.

On his next fight, Hill says, the pressure is now on.

“In my next fight I feel more comfortable going in and I’m looking forward to it. My plan is to look at the physical side of things, prepare mentally and just be comfortable for the next fight.”

 

BITING INCIDENT

It wasn’t nearly Mike Tyson on Evander Holyfield but David Nyika brushed off his own biting incident to easily progress through his first round fight at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Friday.

Four years ago Nyika secured gold as a light heavyweight in Glasgow but has since moved up to the 91kg heavyweight ranks.

In his first bout, he claimed a unanimous 5-0 points win over Antigua and Barbuda’s Yakita Aska but the messy fight was overshadowed with Nyika bitten on his chest. “It wasn’t my best performance but I put that down to my opponent being quite negative. I was ready to put on a clinic and showcase my potential. He wouldn’t exchange properly; he ducked his head, he bit me, he hit me below the belt,” Nyika told New Zealand Herald.

“He apologised after the bout. It was an intentional bite and he knows it but that’s the sport, it’s kill or be killed.”

Edited by Leone  Cabenatabua

 

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