That's gold as boxer David Light advances

21:36, Aug 01 2014
David Light
SHINING LIGHT: Kiwi boxer David Light will fight for a gold medal after progressing through to the final in Glasgow.

Auckland heavyweight David Light will join Hamilton teenager David Nyika as a potential Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

The 22-year-old Aucklander this morning beat Scotland's Stephen Lavelle in a unanimous decision. 

Should either Light of Nyika win their final tomorrow, they would become New Zealand's first Games boxing gold since Michael Kenny won the super heavyweight division at home in Auckland in 1990.

Light will take on Samir El-Mais for the gold medal after the Canadian beat Nigeria's Efetobor Apochi in a unanimous decision. 

Light had the 2500-strong boisterous crowd to contend with too and every time Lavelle got near landing a punch the locals screamed their approval. 

Lavelle was awarded the first round by all three judges.


It was a tight round, but the Scot did land the cleaner punches. 

Light was far more aggressive in the second three minute round and looked the fitter of the fighters. 

Where he was timid in the opening round, he was rutheless in the second and was awarded the round by all three judges. 

He continued his aggressive approach in the third and final stanza, forcing Lavelle to take risks. 

But Light had done enough to continue New Zealand's great combat sports performances at the Games.

Light reached the semifinal after knocking out Malaysia's Meeraj Omar in the second round of his first bout, then beating Kenya's Charles Odhiambo Okoth in a unanimous decision.

Earlier, Hamilton teenager David Nyika made the final in the light heavyweight division. 

The 18-year-old will take on Mauritius' Kennedy St Pierre in tomorrow's final after he beat Northern Ireland's Sean McGlinchy.

All three judges gave all three rounds to the Kiwi in the unanimous decision.