29 May 2014

Commonwealth boxing team named

5:58 pm on 29 May 2014

Two women have been named in the seven-strong boxing team for July's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

It's the first time women's boxing has featured on the programme at the Games, following its introduction to the Olympics in 2012.

The Olympian Alexis Pritchard will be joined by 20-year-old Magan Maka in athe team which also includes teenage super heavyweight Patrick Mailata (91+kg) and Canterbury welterweight Bowyn Morgan (69kg).

Pritchard finished fifth in the 60kg class at the London Olympic Games in 2012 and is ranked number two in the Commonwealth.

Joining Mailata and Morgan who both secured gold medals at a tournament in Serbia also this year is Auckland University Student and Chinese language major David Light (91kg) as well as Chad Milnes (60kg) and Leroy Hindley (64kg).

The men's team will head to Ireland in July for a ten-day training camp in mid-July while Pritchard and Maka will prepare at a three week camp in England, fighting against top competitors from around the Commonwealth.

Additional athletes may be selected to the boxing team pending results from this weekend's Golden Gloves event in Taupo.