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Nyika wants another Commonwealth gold

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/07/2016

Boxer David Nyika has reaffirmed his commitment to winning gold as a heavyweight at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

The Hamilton 20-year-old suffered a set back when he failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics after stepping up a division.

Nyika burst on to the scene at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, when he won the light-heavyweight title in Glasgow, and is now targeting back-to-back golds.

"It's something that has never been done before, winning a double Commonwealth Games gold, let alone in two different divisions," he said.

"Getting there is going to be a challenge, of course, but I'll give it my best and hopefully that is enough to secure a good result."

Nyika poured cold water on suggestions that he had been considering turning pro after missing out on Rio.

"I'm young and impatient but I'm not stupid," he said.

"It's something that I have to think really hard about and talk through with my team before I even consider that being an option.

"If there does happen to be a good deal out there with a credible promotion company then I'm all ears, but at the moment my focus is still very much on the amateur scene."

His immediate goal is to bounce back from his Olympics disappointment and win his first national title as a heavyweight in Rotorua this weekend.

"It's a big opportunity for me to throw myself back into the history books after claiming the No.1 ranking earlier this year," he said.

"I'm not going to lie. It's been tough to get up for this after missing out on Rio and that's part of the challenge for me - to prove to New Zealand that I'm still the best amateur boxer in the country."

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