14 May 2011

Record four medals for NZ boxers in Darwin

11:42 am on 14 May 2011

The New Zealand boxing team has won a record four gold medals at the 2011 Arufura Games in Darwin.

Super heavyweight Joseph Parker easily beat Emile Gineate from French Polynesia in their final, with the referee ending the contest in the first round.

Joe Blackbourn won the middleweight title in an all-New Zealand final against Nick Charalpampous, after both fighters defeated Australian opponents in the semi-finals.

Blackbourn, a multiple New Zealand champion won 31-19.

Hugely experienced women's lightweight Alexis Pritchard beat Indian boxer Pinki Jangra by disqualification in round three for her gold while Deana Stephenson won her first international gold with an 8-4 points win over Australian Nancy Bifera in the welterweight class.