Boxing: Papuni's defeat leaves just one Kiwi standing

Parker is the last Kiwi boxer standing. Photo / Getty Images
Parker is the last Kiwi boxer standing. Photo / Getty Images

New Zealand lost another boxer at the Commonwealth Games in New Dehli today when light heavyweight Reece Papuni was beaten by a comfortable points margin.

Cantabrian Papuni went down 2-7 against Northern Ireland's Thomas McCarthy in a quarterfinal bout in the 81kg division.

That leaves 18-year-old Auckland super heavyweight Joseph Parker as the only survivor from the six-strong New Zealand boxing squad.

Parker is due to fight a quarterfinal tonight against Tariq Abdul Haqq of Trinidad and Tobago.

Papuni struggled to find openings against the taller McCarthy, who picked his moments to land his punches in building up a 5-0 lead after two rounds.

In a bid to close the gap, Papuni went on the attack from the start of round three and did have the consolation of getting on the board.

- NZPA

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