Uila Mau’u lifted the New Zealand boxing camp when he knocked out Leran Regis of St Lucia in the first round of their super-heavyweight quarter-final.

The result guarantees Mau’u of a medal. It’s just a matter of what colour.

Mau’u, who narrowly missed selection for the Tokyo Olympics, stalked Regis until after 2min 34s he landed the knockout blow. 

The sensational victory turned around a day at the boxing that wasn’t going so well for New Zealand.

Earlier men’s light-middleweight Wendell Stanley lost a knife-edge bout against Mozambique’s Tiago Muxanga. 

Stanley won the first round handily, but took a bit of a beating in the second. He came back well in the third, but couldn’t quite sway the judges.

In the 60kg women’s division, Troy Garton went down after a close battle with Jaismine Jaismine of India in their quarter-final bout.

The Indian was clearly superior in the first round, but Garton fought back well and the next two rounds were hotly disputed. In the end the judges ruled 4-1 in favour of Jaismine.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
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