Two from two for NZ fighters

New Zealand's Richard Hadlow competes against Edrian Volcree of the Seychelle's during the Boxing...
New Zealand's Richard Hadlow competes against Edrian Volcree of the Seychelle's during the Boxing on day one of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Photo: Getty Images
New Zealand fighters made it two from two on the opening day of the Commonwealth Games yesterday.

A bloodied Richie Hadlow, of Queenstown, beat Edrian Volcere, of the Seychelles, in a 4-1 split decision by the judges in the 64kg class at Oxenford Studios.

With both fighters willing to throw their punches, Hadlow (30) was forced to absorb blows from the taller and longer-limbed Volcere but managed some clean blows while punching up.

Early in the second round Hadlow suffered a cut above his left eyebrow when the pair clashed heads. He was forced to have the cut treated twice in the round but it did not curb his aggressive attitude.

He finished the three rounds bleeding but confident he had done enough to win.

Hadlow will next fight Sri Lankan Dinindu Ponnawela Vidanalage Don, who got through to the second round courtesy of a bye.

Earlier in the day, Wellington fighter Leroy Hindley won his opening bout in the 69kg class.

The 25-year-old builder won the judges' decision 5-0 over Abu Bakarr Katta, from Sierra Leone.

Hindley was the more aggressive of the two throughout the fight and drove Katta around the ring.

He will go on to meet Lesotho's Mokhachane Moshoeshoe tomorrow.

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