New Zealand’s boxers made a dream start to their Commonwealth Games campaign today.
Three New Zealanders were in action and all progressed to the second round.
Greymouth middleweight Nathon (Nathon) McEwen won a tight battle against Lesotho's Lungile Dyamdeki. After taking the first round, he was outboxed in the second and the score was level going into the final round.
McEwen piled on the pressure and won the final round decisively to take the bout on points, 5-3.
Palmerston North lightweight Angus Donaldson, son of All Black Mark Donaldson, was a decisive winner over Gambia's Ensa Jammeh. The first two rounds were relatively close, but Donaldson was totally dominant in the third and won the bout on points 7-1.
Aggressive Tauranga light welterweight Anthony Taylor grabbed a 5-2 decision over another Lesotho opponent, Mokhachane Moshoeshoe, winning every round.
New Zealand coach Billy Meehan was delighted with his boxers’ showing, saying three from three was more than he had dared hope for.
"Realistically, probably not [all three winning], to be really honesty," he said.