McEachran has eyes only for golden glory



BEN McEachran has equalled his Manchester Commonwealth Games result but he wants much more than that from Melbourne 2006.

The Gladstone boxer became the first member of the Australian squad to be guaranteed a medal from the Melbourne Games when he outclassed Canadian Glenn Hunter 33-15 in a light-heavyweight quarter-final yesterday.

His semi-final will come up tomorrow night against Scotland's Kenny Anderson, while the other semi is between Nigerian Adura Olalehin and Kenya's Joshua Makonjio.

A bronze medallist in 2002, McEachran has said all along that he wouldn't be content with a medal of that colour four years later.

Two convincing wins to start his Melbourne bid have confirmed those thoughts.

"I'm not happy with just getting this far,'' McEachran said. "I'm guaranteed a medal which is great but I'm looking for the gold.''

Hunter was a more difficult opponent than Jamaican Omar Gavin who the 25-yearold stopped in just 98 seconds with a 21-1 margin in his opening round bout on Sunday.

The Canadian tried to brawl with the Queenslander who countered by using more of his punching skills and less brute force.

He won all four rounds and was particularly damaging in the third, in which he totalled 11 points to four.

Another 11 points followed in the final round even though McEachran eased up the pressure, not needing to waste any energy with another bout just two days away.

McEachran's trainer Mick Daly, who has smartened up his haircut because of the camera time he's been getting at the Games tournament, said his charge had fought a clever fight.

"It was a good win and it was a hard win,'' Daly said.



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