Samoan boxer falls short in gold medal fight
Seua'i Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali has fallen short of boxing gold at the Commonwealth Games, after he was defeated by England’s Lewis Williams in the men’s under 92-kg category early Monday morning.
Despite the loss in the gold medal fight, he has picked up a silver after defeating Niue boxer Duken Tutakaikoa-Williams in the semi-final on Saturday.
Local newspaper Leamington Observer reported Monday that Williams was dominant in each of the three-minute rounds at Birmingham’s NEC Arena to win by unanimous decision.
In an interview with the British boxer, Williams dedicated his victory to everyone on his team and he is now aiming for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
“I’m glad I could win the gold for everyone and the team. That is the nature of the sport, everything is down to yourself.
“You just have to have confidence in yourself and be greedy. I would love to have the whole team winning gold but that is just the way it is.
“I felt good, I felt still had a few more levels to get to. I could have made it even easier by keeping up my range, using my feet some more.
“The Olympics are the aim. I’m building experience and then eventually taking it on to the pro game. I’m just going to keep learning and take it from there.”
Seua'i, in a post on his Facebook page after the fight, said he fought to the best of his ability but the judges thought otherwise.
“Viia Le Atua [Praise God]. Fa’afetai [thank you] Samoa & Aiga mo tou tapuaiga [for your support]. I fought the best I could, but it wasn’t enough according to judges so here is our silver medal Samoa Alofa atu.”
Leamington Observer reported that in a close first round, Plodzicki-Faoagali started strongly before Williams began to land his jab and eventually took the round on all five of the scorecards.
And Williams claimed a similarly close second round as he landed the cleaner shots against his more experienced opponent.
“The 6ft 7in heavyweight landed freely in the final round, which included a brutal right uppercut which lifted Plodzicki-Faoagal off his feet, to confirm his status as Commonwealth champion.”
On his way to his gold medal victory, the British boxer beat Pakistan’s Nazeer Khan in the preliminary round, Papua New Guinea’s Arthur Lavalou in the quarter-final bout and Australia’s Edgardo Coumi in the semi-final to face Plodzicki-Faoagali in the final.
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