It was another mixed day of results for Team Australia in the boxing at the Commonwealth Games with Campbell Somerville becoming the second Australian boxer to get eliminated on day four of competition.
Somerville came up against a two time Olympian Vikas Krishan who was a veteran fighter that captured bronze at the 2011 World Championships. Somerville, who had won his opening bout on Friday was unable to overcome Krishan after losing the first two rounds. The Victorian based fighter made a late run, taking out the third round but ultimately lost a unanimous decision to be eliminated from the Men’s 75kg division.
Unfortunately my Commonwealth Games campaign came to an end today. I lost a close fight to a two time Olympian and world number 7 from India. I had high expectations of myself heading into this tournament and was hellbent on leaving with a medal. Wearing the green and gold has been nothing but a privilege and a dream come true and for that I am extremely grateful. With the World Championships next year and Tokyo 2020 there’s a lot to work towards and shift my focus to. I appreciate everyones messages and support and fighting in front of a packed home crowd is something I’ll never forget. ???? #GC2018 #TeamAus #gc2018boxing
It was better news for Kaye Scott who competed in the Women’s 69kg division. A quarter-final victory over Nigerian Itunu Oriola in her first bout, guarantees the 33-year-old Sydney based fighter at least a bronze medal. Scott meets Rosie Eccles in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
Liam Wilson moved to the quarter-finals with a come from behind win over John Ume from Papua New Guinea. Ume edged a ultra-close opening round before Wilson, 22, turned the tide and came home strong to earn the decision. Wilson now meets English boxer Luke McCormack on Wednesday.
Competing on Monday will be Caitlin Parker (Women’s 76kg Quarter-Final), Clay Waterman (Men’s 81kg Round of 16) and Harry Garside (Men’s 60kg Round of 16).