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Commonwealth Games 2002: Boxing: Bloodied Evans hits out.

WELSH heavyweight Kevin Evans has blasted fight officials after seeing his Commonwealth gold hopes dashed by a bloody nose.

Evans was a clear leader over title favourite David Dolan in their semi-final bout before his nose started to bleed following a solid shot from the Englishman.

The referee sent Evans to his corner to have the blood wiped away on several occasions.

But with just seconds left of the first round, and Dolan leading 7-2 on points, the referee cut short the fight and with it the Welshman's dream of winning gold.

``I'm very disappointed as I felt there was not a problem,'' said a frustrated Evans. ``When there is a gold medal at stake it is a shame that a bloody nose stops it. The sport is in danger of becoming a farce people get worse than that every day.''

It was the second time in 24 hours that Welsh hopes of a boxing gold were dashed in such fashion after highly-rated Anthony Doherty saw his quarter-final fight stopped because of a cut below his eye that he insisted was caused by an elbow.

Evans will still return home with a bronze, but admitted he was disappointed it was not the title. ``I have tried everything to get the gold medal for Wales,'' he said.

One competitor still on the gold trail isCONTENDER Cwmbran's Jamie Arthur has high hopes in the lightweight final.

Cwmbran's Jamie Arthur, who last night made it through to tomorrow's lightweight final after beating Botswanan hardman Gilbert Khunwane. He will clash in a final showdown with Zambian Dennis Zimba at the MEN arena.

``I knew I wanted to get the gold medal but I just wasn't sure if I was going to get it,'' said Arthur.

``Now I've got the opportunity and a 5050 chance of bringing that gold back to Wales.''

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LOST BY A NOSE A bloody nose cost Kevin Evans a shot at the Commonwealth gold in the heavyweight semi-final.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 2, 2002
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