NATASHA JONAS was eliminated from the Commonwealth Games after conceding a split decision to Australia’s Shelley Watts. Jonas, a London Olympian, was one of the favourites for gold at Glasgow 2014.
“It was close,” the Liverpudlian said. “You never knew which way the round had gone until the end. But it’s just one of those things.”
She added, “It’s all about going back to the drawing board and seeing. Obviously we’ve got the Worlds coming up at the end of the year and we’ll just build on it from there. At the minute I’m just disappointed.”
Super-heavyweight Joe Joyce picked up a heartening win for the English team, halting Scotland’s Ross Henderson in three exhilarating rounds in the 91&kgs quarter-final. A stray right caught him but his force was overwhelming, blasting Henderson to the canvas four times, although Ross got back up and was stopped on his feet. “I can always prove on my performance and I can go back and watch the tape and see what I need to work on and then improve on it for the next,” Joe said. Joyce is guaranteed a medal, its consistency to be decided over the coming days.
Scotland’s Reece McFadden won his flyweight quarter-final against Botswana’s Oteng Oteng unanimously and so he too is assured of a medal.
Day Five results:
Men’s 52kgs quarter-finals:
Moroke Mokhotho (LES) outpd by Muhammad Waseem (PAK) unan.
Abdul Omar (GHA) outpd Anurudha Rathnayake (SRI) split.
Reece McFadden (SCO) outpd Oteng Oteng (BOT) unan.
Andrew Moloney (AUS) outpd Ruairi Dalton (NIR) unan.
Men’s 91&kgs quarter-finals:
Haruna Osumanu (GHA) outpd by Mike Sekabembe (UGA) unan.
Ross Henderson (SCO) stpd by Joe Joyce (ENG) 3rd.
Efe Ajagba (NGR) stpd Paul Schafer (RSA) 2nd.
Joseph Goodall (AUS) outpd Kieshno Major (BAH) unan.
Women’s 60kgs prelims:
Alexis Pritchard (NZL) outpd by Valerian Spicer (DMA) unan.
Shelley Watts (AUS) outpd Natasha Jonas (ENG) split.
Isabelle Ratna (MRI) outpd Taoriba Biniati (KIR) unan.
Laishram Devi (IND) stpd Kehinde Obareh (NGR) 3rd.
Hansika Arachchi (SRI) outpd by Charlene Jones (WAL) unan.
Nthabeleng Mathaha (LES) outpd by Maria Machongua (MOZ) unan.
Men’s 60kgs quarter-finals:
Joe Cordina (WAL) outpd Chad Milnes (NZL) unan.
Charlie Flynn (SCO) outpd Jessie Lartey (GHA) unan.
Michael Alexander (TTO) outpd Cobla Breedy (BAR) unan.
Joe Fitzpatrick (NIR) outpd Nicholas Okoth (KEN) unan.
Men’s 64kgs quarter-finals:
Sam Maxwell (ENG) outpd Manoj Kumar (IND) unan.
Josh Taylor (SCO) outpd Zack Davies (WAL) unan.
Sean Duffy (NIR) outpd Khir Azmi (MAS) unan.
Men’s 81kgs quarter-finals:
Junias Jonas (NAM) outpd Leroy Hindley (NZL) unan.
Kennedy St. Pierre (MRI) stpd Jordan Samardali (AUS) 1st.
Nathan Thorley (WAL) stpd Yakita Aska (ANT) 1st injured.
Sean Duffy (NIR) outpd Elly Ochola (KEN) unan.
David Nyika (NZL) outpd Sumit Sangwan (IND) unan.
Women’s 75kgs prelims:
Phathiswa Thingana (RSA) outpd by Ariane Fortin (CAN) unan.
Theresa London (GUY) outpd by Lauren Price (WAL) unan.
Keabetsoe Mothibeli (LES) stpd by Shiromali Weerarathna (SRI) 1st.
Savannah Marshall (ENG) outpd Pooja Rani (IND) unan.