By Paul Upham: The last two days of action at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India have seen some disappointing defeats for the Australian boxing team at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium.
On Friday 8 October 2010 in the afternoon session, 25 year-old team captain Luke Jackson advanced to the next round after securing a split decision win over Mmoloki Nogeng from Botswana at lightweight. In an extremely close bout, the official scores were 1:1 after three rounds. Jackson progressing on a judges count back.
At welterweight, 21 year-old Cameron Hammond lost on points 2:4 to England’s Callum Smith.
In the evening sessions, hot 18 year-old prospect Damien Hooper from Toowoomba, Queensland ended tied on points 3:3 with Anthony Ogogo from England at middleweight. After a judges count back, Hooper was disappointingly eliminated.
In the final bout of the night, 29 year-old Russian born Alexey Mukhin from ACT won his opening bout of the tournament comfortably with a 7:1 points win over Ross Henderson from Scotland at super heavyweight.
The start of the weekend matches saw a number of defeats for Australia boxers. On Saturday 9 October, twin brothers Andrew & Jason Moloney both suffered defeat.
In the afternoon session at light flyweight, 19 year-old Andrew Moloney from Mitcham, Victoria lost on points 3:5 to talented North Ireland fighter Paddy Barnes.
Three fighters later at flyweight, 19 year-old Jason Moloney lost by an identical score to his brother, 3:5, against Oteng Oteng from Botswana.
Also in the afternoon session, 23 year-old Giancarlo Squillace from Western Australian lost his first fight of the tournament on points 4:7 to Northern Ireland boxer Steven Ward.
In the evening session, 20 year-old Ibrahim Balla from Werribee, Victoria lost on points to Tyrone McCullagh at bantamweight by scores of 2:7.
26 year-old Dane Mulivai from Queensland won his opening bout of the tournament with a 4:3 points win over Mussa Ajibu from Malawi.
On Sunday 10 October 2010, Australian boxers Luke Jackson (lightweight), Dane Mulivai (light heavyweight) in the afternoon session and Alexey Mukhin (super heavyweight) in the evening session, will be competing in their respective quarter finals.