sport news How a simple red mouthguard almost got Aussie heavyweight boxer's opponent ... trends now

sport news How a simple red mouthguard almost got Aussie heavyweight boxer's opponent ... trends now
sport news How a simple red mouthguard almost got Aussie heavyweight boxer's opponent ... trends now

sport news How a simple red mouthguard almost got Aussie heavyweight boxer's opponent ... trends now

How a simple red mouthguard almost got Aussie heavyweight boxer’s opponent DISQUALIFIED before sanity prevailed  Eddie Coumi has already secured a Commonwealth Games medal in boxing The Australian will fight England's Lewis Williams in the semi-final on Saturday Coumi's quarter-final bout against Japheth Olton almost did not go ahead  The Anguillan fighter wore a red mouthguard, which is against the rules  Red mouthguards can make it harder for the referee to spot blood

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Eddie Coumi has become the fourth Australian boxer to win a Commonwealth medal – and almost didn’t have to throw a punch in the whole Games to collect it.

The Adelaide heavyweight’s quarter-final with Anguilla’s Japheth Olton was in danger of being called off on Thursday because the Caribbean boxer was sporting the wrong-coloured gumshield.

A potential walkover would have left Coumi making the semis and earning a guaranteed bronze without having had a single fight in Birmingham.

Eddie Coumi has become the fourth Australian boxer to win a Commonwealth medal

Eddie Coumi has become the fourth Australian boxer to win a Commonwealth medal

'I wouldn’t have took it,' reckoned Coumi. 'I didn’t want it like that – I wanted to fight for it.'

He got his wish – and then made short work of Olton, dominating with his ramrod jab, agile movement for a big man and one wince-inducing body shot in the second round which prompted the referee to call a halt.

The drama had begun when the referee pointed out Olton’s red mouthguard to officials, and a debate began over whether he’d be allowed to fight.

'If the mouthguard’s red, it can mask the blood and the ref can’t see it. I thought they were going to call it off,' explained Coumi.

Coumi beat Japheth Olton of Anguilla in the quarter-finals of the heavyweight division

Coumi beat Japheth Olton of Anguilla in the quarter-finals of the heavyweight division

'But they let it go and let him fight

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