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DEFENDING CHAMPION STRANGE DOES IT AGAIN

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 Sept 98 (Bernama):

BY Arshad H Naqshbandi

Strange completely dominated the 163rd bout in the 63.5 kg category of the competition from the first round in which he established his supremacy in the ring to lead 8-4 at the end of the third round.

The 1994 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Strange had to face some resistance in the fourth round, in which he stumbled, however was quick enough to retaliate by targeting Legras's body and head to end the round 16-8.

Legras, a surprise winner in the semifinals against favourite Casey Johns of Australia, hardly could defend himself against the combination of left and right jabs from Strange, who displayed excellent ringcraft.

"It's great to do it again. I'm proud to see my country's flag being hoisted here and try to do the same in Olympics at Sydney that will make me more happy, Strange, ten-time Canadian champion, said.

Team coach Gordan Appoloni expressed his happiness over the repetition of the performance by Strange whom he considers a role model for other upcoming Canadian boxers.

"It's his (Strange) sheer hardwork and ability to transform the technique learned during training camps into actual performance in the ring that makes him a boxer with a great amount of talent," Appoloni told Bernama.

Strange's march to success in the competition began when he won against Paulus Nuumbembe of Namibia 12-3 in the first preliminary and beat Hassani Matumla of Tanzania 21-6 in the second preliminary to move into the quarterfinals where he outpointed Koloba Sehloho of Lesotho 21-1. In the semi-finals, Strange once again outclassed Zambia's Davie Mwale 19-1.

The bronze in light welterweight category went to Casey Johns of Australia and Mwale of Zambia.



-- BERNAMA



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