Bowyn Morgan through to quarterfinals

Last updated 05:21 29/07/2014
Bowyn Morgan
HAND RAISED: Welterweight Bowyn Morgan beat Botswana's Mmusi Tswiige in a 2-1 split decision to make it through to the quarterfinals in Glasgow.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrived at the boxing just in time to see West Coaster Bowyn Morgan continue New Zealand's good run in the ring at the Commonwealth Games today.

Morgan beat Botswana's Mmusi Tswiige in a 2-1 split decision to make it two wins from two in the welterweight division at Glasgow, joining fellow Kiwis David Nyika (light heavyweight), David Light (heavyweight), Chad Milnes (lightweight) and Leroy Hindley (light welterweight) in the quarterfinals.

Middleweight Eric Finau couldn't join the quintet, losing his round of 16 match 3-0 to South African Siphiewe Lusizi. 

Super heavyweight Patrick Mailata is the only other Kiwi to have so far lost at the Games, with the two women - Alexis Pritchard and Magan Maka - starting their campaigns tomorrow.

"It's beyond my dreams at this stage," New Zealand coach Phil Shatford said of the situation.

"It's going good but there are no cigars yet."

Hamilton boxer Nyika has been the most impressive Kiwi and Shatford was full of praise for him.

"David Nyika is going brilliantly, if he keeps going like that I wouldn't be surprised if you see a gold medal around his neck at the end of the week," he said, also noting that Morgan's best is yet to come. 

"When he fights the Englishman the Poms might be in for a big surprise."

Auckland heavyweight Light yesterday provided what some are calling the "punch of the Games", knocking out his round of 16 opponent, Malaysian Muhammed Meeraj Omar, with a stunning left hook during the second round.

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