Nyika, Light to fight for Glasgow boxing gold

After copping some first round shots, Kiwi David Nyika dominated to reach the men's light heavy gold medal bout.
After copping some first round shots, Kiwi David Nyika dominated to reach the men's light heavy gold medal bout.
Kiwi squash players Joelle King and Martin Knight during their come-from-behind win over the Indian pairing of Pal Harinder Sandhu and Joshana Chinappa.
Kiwi squash players Joelle King and Martin Knight during their come-from-behind win over the Indian pairing of Pal Harinder Sandhu and Joshana Chinappa.
Kiwi runner Nikki Hamblin collapses after competing in the women's 800m final in Glasgow.
Kiwi runner Nikki Hamblin collapses after competing in the women's 800m final in Glasgow.
David Light on his way to booking a place in the heavyweight boxing final in Glasgow.
David Light on his way to booking a place in the heavyweight boxing final in Glasgow.
Kiwi runners Angie Smit, left, and Nikki Hamblin compete in the women's 800m final.
Kiwi runners Angie Smit, left, and Nikki Hamblin compete in the women's 800m final.
Kiwi heavyweight David Light raises his arms in triumph after booking his place in the boxing final.
Kiwi heavyweight David Light raises his arms in triumph after booking his place in the boxing final.
Champion Kiwi runner Nick Willis on his way to qualifying for the men's 1500m final.
Champion Kiwi runner Nick Willis on his way to qualifying for the men's 1500m final.
New Zealand's Charlotte Sullivan competes in the women's floor final.
New Zealand's Charlotte Sullivan competes in the women's floor final.
Jake Robertson competes in the final of the men's 1000m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Jake Robertson competes in the final of the men's 1000m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Auckland discus thrower Siositina Hakeai finished fourth in the women's discus final.
Auckland discus thrower Siositina Hakeai finished fourth in the women's discus final.
Dejected Black Sticks players walk from the turf as England huddle in celebration.
Dejected Black Sticks players walk from the turf as England huddle in celebration.
Relatively unknown Kiwi runner Julian Matthews on his way to qualifying for the men's 1500m final.
Relatively unknown Kiwi runner Julian Matthews on his way to qualifying for the men's 1500m final.
Hamilton's David Nyika lands a blow on the nose of semifinal opponent Sean McGlinchy of Northern Ireland.
Hamilton's David Nyika lands a blow on the nose of semifinal opponent Sean McGlinchy of Northern Ireland.
Sarah Cowley clears the bar during the women's high jump final at Hampden Park.
Sarah Cowley clears the bar during the women's high jump final at Hampden Park.
Charlotte Sullivan of New Zealand in action during her routine in the women's floor final.
Charlotte Sullivan of New Zealand in action during her routine in the women's floor final.
New Zealand's Martin Knight leaps for an overhead shot during the mixed doubles quarterfinal victory with Joelle King.
New Zealand's Martin Knight leaps for an overhead shot during the mixed doubles quarterfinal victory with Joelle King.
Jake Robertson was on track in the final of the men's 1000m before running out of steam late in the race.
Jake Robertson was on track in the final of the men's 1000m before running out of steam late in the race.
New Zealand's Michelle Chan stretches for a backhand shot in her women's singles quarterfinal loss to Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour.
New Zealand's Michelle Chan stretches for a backhand shot in her women's singles quarterfinal loss to Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour.
NZ goalkeeper Sally Rutherford cannot stop the shootout attempt from England's Georgie Twigg.
NZ goalkeeper Sally Rutherford cannot stop the shootout attempt from England's Georgie Twigg.
Black Sticks coach Mark Hager watches in the final minutes, as Kayla Whitelock and Petrea Webster sit in the sin-bin.
Black Sticks coach Mark Hager watches in the final minutes, as Kayla Whitelock and Petrea Webster sit in the sin-bin.
Kiwi Paul Coll in action, with partner Lance Beddoes, during a squash men's doubles quarterfinal defeat to England.
Kiwi Paul Coll in action, with partner Lance Beddoes, during a squash men's doubles quarterfinal defeat to England.
Katie Glynn is dispossessed and taken out by England goalkeeper Maddie Hinch during the shootout.
Katie Glynn is dispossessed and taken out by England goalkeeper Maddie Hinch during the shootout.
England's Lily Owsley celebrates her first half goal against New Zealand.
England's Lily Owsley celebrates her first half goal against New Zealand.
Kiwi Anna Rankin prepares to serve to India's PV Sindhu in their women's singles quarterfinal.
Kiwi Anna Rankin prepares to serve to India's PV Sindhu in their women's singles quarterfinal.
New Zealand's Petrea Webster attempts to make her way between England's Susannah Townsend and Lucy Wood.
New Zealand's Petrea Webster attempts to make her way between England's Susannah Townsend and Lucy Wood.
Under the gaze of a TV camera, the Black Sticks huddle before their semifinal against England.
Under the gaze of a TV camera, the Black Sticks huddle before their semifinal against England.

David Light is confident he can win gold, but isn't sure he should even be in the Commonwealth Games heavyweight boxing final. 

The 22-year-old Aucklander breathed a huge sigh of relief when his arm was raised in his semifinal win over local hope Stephen Lavelle this morning and now he and Hamilton teenager David Nyika will  fight for gold medals. 

Their gold medal bouts are first thing tomorrow morning (NZT).

SHOT AT GOLD: After copping some first round shots, Kiwi David Nyika (in blue) dominated to reach the men's light heavy gold medal bout.
SHOT AT GOLD: After copping some first round shots, Kiwi David Nyika (in blue) dominated to reach the men's light heavy gold medal bout.

"I thought he had it," Light said of the semifinal win over Lavelle.  

"My corner did too and they just said, 'no matter what happens, we're proud of you'. I was just gutted."

Light had lost the first round, but changed his plan in the second. He looked far more aggressive and landed more punches.

SHINING LIGHT: Kiwi boxer David Light will fight for a gold medal after progressing through to Sunday morning's final in Glasgow.
SHINING LIGHT: Kiwi boxer David Light will fight for a gold medal after progressing through to Sunday morning's final in Glasgow.

"I thought I got some okay shots in and thought I might have nicked the second round but I wasn't sure."

He'd won it all right then did the same in the third to seal the come-from-behind victory.

Should either Nyika or Light win, their's would be New Zealand's first Commonwealth boxing gold since Michael Kenny won the super heavyweight division at home in Auckland in 1990.

Light paid his own way to international trial meets and to prove himself while Nyika had to win the North Island Golden Gloves two months ago to secure his late ticket to Glasgow.

Because of that, Light was just rapt to have won a fight in Glasgow, but now he has the chance at a gold, he's tweaked those goals. 

"My goal was just to get a bronze so I could go away with something. Now I'm in the final I really want the gold," he said.

Light will take on Samir El-Mais for the gold medal after the Canadian beat Nigeria's Efetobor Apochi in a unanimous decision while Nyika will take on Mauritius' Kennedy St Pierre in the light heavyweight finale. 

Nyika wore Northern Irishman Sean McGlinchy down like a pro overnight, using his reach advantage to land vital scoring blows and his incredible speed and agility to duck and weave his way out of any potential trouble.

As McGlinchy started to drop his hands, Nyika pounced and the second and third rounds weren't even close.

"I was really happy with the performance," Nyika said.

"Maybe a tiny bit lazy (in round one) ... but I was confident I was going to be able to break him down. Second round I really got down to work, started working the body a bit and he was starting to tire, which makes it that much easier to get on the inside."

Nyika said St Pierre was a "big, strong guy" and he couldn't afford to take any risks in the final.

He has received a plethora of support from back home from people who "want to get behind me and follow my dream to be the best", which was spurring him on.

"It's a dream come true, but like I've said I'm here for gold and I can't settle for anything less."

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