Kandy man Manju boxes for sweet success

NEW DELHI, October 12, 2010 (AFP) – Manju Wanniarachchi could win Sri Lanka’s first Commonwealth Games boxing gold medal in 72 years on Wednesday in the highlight of a final day of bouts in which British fighters dominate. But the 24-year-old — dubbed “the David Beckham of India” — was one of four home boxers to fail to make the finals, after a bad-tempered semi-final against England’s Anthony Ogogo.

The Indian team lodged a complaint against the two penalties awarded against Singh but the win stood.

Five of the 10 finals are between fighters from the British “home nations” of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Ogogo, 22, who once appeared in a version of the reality television show Big Brother and posed naked for a gay men’s magazine, faces Northern Ireland’s Eamonn O’Kane.

O’Kane’s teammate Steven Ward is in the heavyweight final and faces England’s Simon Vallily, who had a walkover in the semis against Awusone Yekeni of Ghana.

Tom Stalker — a silver medallist in the European Championships — faces Josh Taylor in an England-Scotland clash at lightweight, while England’s Callum Smith is up against Paddy Gallagher of Northern Ireland for welterweight gold.

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