Australian boxers have enjoyed a solid day at the Oceania boxing championships in Canberra, with four of the five athletes reaching Sunday’s finals.
Commonwealth Games silver medallist Joseph Goodall led the charge on Saturday with a points decision over Arritea Putoa of Tahiti in the super heavyweight division.
Goodall, who has been struggling to overcome glandular fever, will take on New Zealand’s Patrick Mailata in what should be an enthralling gold medal match-up.
Mailata had a technical knock out (TKO) result against American Samoa’s Robert Toilolo in his semi-final.
Daniel Lewis, a gold medallist at an international invitation event in Doha earlier this year, looked strong in his 75kg semi-final win over Daniel Parkin of New Zealand.
But he’ll also face a tough challenge for the gold when he takes on Papua New Guinea’s Pacific Games gold medallist Jonathan Keama.
Keama had a points decision over American Samoa’s George Tanoa.
Western Australia’s Jayden Hansen will take on Vanuatu’s Boe Warawara in the 56kg final, after overcoming Nauru’s Mathew Martin in his semi.
Warawara looked strong in his semi-final, outpointing PNG’s Henry Umings.
And Joshua Keirl is into the final of the 60kg division, after a points result over Nauru’s Alfonse Deireragea.
Australia’s only defeat on semi-finals day was for Queensland’s Reggie Palm Island, who lost on points in the 52kg division to PNG’s Charles Keama.
In the 64kg division, Nauru’s Colan Caleb set up a gold medal bout with Australia’s David Biddle, when he beat PNG’s Tom Boga in a points decision.
Saturday’s results mean Australia will box for nine of the 10 gold medals on offer on Sunday, with Nathan Webber, Josh English, Aaron Spagnolo and Jason Whatelely all automatically progressing to finals.
It also means nine Australian boxers will contest 2015 world championships, with the top two boxers in each weight division automatically qualifying.