Boxing - Alexis Pritchard

The 60kg boxer, Alexis Pritchard, is set to make history once more at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Pritchard was the first New Zealand female to win an Olympic bout at the 2012 London Olympics, the first time  women's boxing was on the programme.

New Zealand boxer Alexis Pritchard
New Zealand boxer Alexis Pritchard: Photo: PHOTOSPORT.

Women's boxing will now make its Commonwealth debut and the South African-born Pritchard is looking to build on her fifth placing in London with a spot on the podium. She is currently ranked second in the Commonwealth.

At 30, Pritchard is the oldest in the team and says although the calibre of boxers at Glasgow will be high, a podium finish is in her sights.

She says Glasgow is about building on her experience in London ... she's learned a great deal in that elite environment and now wants to finish with a medal in Glasgow.

If she is successful she will add to New Zealand's 30 Commonwealth medals in boxing, the most recent being the bronze medals Shane Cameron and Daniel Codling won in 2002 in the Manchester Commonwealth Games.

Boxing opens at the Commonwealth Games on 25 July at the SECC venue with finals taking place on 2 August.

The other woman in the team is 20-year-old Magan Maka; teenage super heavyweight Patrick Mailata (91+kg)  and Canterbury welterweight Bowyn Morgan (69kg) lead the menps team.

New Zealand flag bearer Valerie Adams at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. PHOTOSPORT


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