Nyika hoping for third Commonwealth gold medal

Troy Garton celebrates her selection for another Commonwealth Games yesterday. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
Troy Garton celebrates her selection for another Commonwealth Games yesterday. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist and two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist David Nyika headlines an eight-strong New Zealand boxing team for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Nyika will look to make history as the first boxer to win three consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medals.

"It’s a real honour to be selected for another Commonwealth Games," Nyika said.

"The Commonwealth Games are where I first made my mark, fighting as an 18-year-old in Glasgow.

"I always enjoy them. It’s got a really nice feel and there’s always some quality competition as well.

"I’m looking forward to getting back into that New Zealand team environment and I’ll be doing my best to create history over in Birmingham."

Nyika’s bronze in Tokyo was New Zealand’s first Olympic boxing medal in 29 years. He will turn 27 during the Games.

Auckland’s Troy Garton is the only other team member with previous Games experience. She won bronze at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

It was a remarkable campaign for the 34-year-old, who fought on a torn ACL.

"I tore it in my last training session before flying out to the Gold Coast," Garton said.

"The medical team looked after me really well and I somehow managed to fight my way to bronze. I then went into surgery two weeks post-Games and have come back better than ever."

She is looking forward to being more mobile in her second Commonwealth Games.

The other six athletes will all be making their debuts and have been selected following successful international seasons.

Boxing New Zealand’s Mark Keddell said the organisation was excited about the potential of the athletes.

"This is a really strong team and we know we’re capable of some great results in Birmingham," Keddell said.

"Most of the team is off to Ireland for a training camp early next month and then we’re into it."

The New Zealand boxing team at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games won one gold and four bronze medals.

The boxing competition at Birmingham will begin on July 29 and finish on August 7 with bouts to be held in the National Exhibition Centre.

The naming takes the total number of athletes selected to the New Zealand team for Birmingham to 165.

Commonwealth Games

NZ boxing team

David Nyika (men’s 92kg), Erin Walsh (women’s 57kg), Wendell Stanley (men’s 71kg), Onyx Lye (men’s 80kg), Troy Garton (women’s 60kg), Ariane Nicholson (women’s 70kg), Uila Mau’u (men’s 92kg+), Alex Mukuka (men’s 57kg).

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