Oldest, youngest Aussie boxers make finals

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Vintage star Kaye Scott and exciting new prospect Callum Peters have produced exhilarating performances to punch their way into Commonwealth Games finals.

But it proved an anti-climactic day for their three teammates, Tina Rahimi, Eddie Coumi and Caitlin Parker, who all had to settle for bronze after losing their semi-finals.

In a bruising contest at the NEC on Saturday, the 38-year-old veteran Scott earned a 4-1 split decision against Mozambique's world championship silver medallist Alcinda Panguane in her light-middleweight semi-final.

Then Peters, a teenager half her age, demonstrated why he's such a hot prospect as he completely overwhelmed the dangerous, power-punching South African captain Simnikiwe Bongco to earn a unanimous verdict in his middleweight semi from the five judges.

The first Australian disappointment on semi-finals day came in the afternoon when Adelaide heavyweight Coumi found leading English prospect Lewis Williams too good in a unanimous points loss.

But there was no disgrace for middleweight Parker as Canadian world champion Tammara Thibeault won a hard-earned points verdict on all five judges' cards.

And Rahimi, whose story as Australia's first Muslim boxer at the Games captured the tournament's imagination, came close to causing an upset with another performance full of fire and guts against accomplished Kenyan Elizabeth Oshoba, before losing a 4-1 points decision.

In the morning's Scott-Panguane contest, the referee had to step in several times to warn the fighters - the African southpaw for slapping and the Australian for elbow use - but in a close affair, Scott's crisp work persuaded the judges over Panguane's wilder shots.

"I'm doing all right for 38," smiled Scott. "Beat all the young guns to get here. Now one step closer. I did think I'd won it. It's all about confidence, and I had that - and I thought I wanted it more than her.

"When she came forward, she was very open for me to catch her on the way in. I had a bit more quality."

Scott, who won bronze in 2018, reckoned she was like a fine wine, smiling: "I am. I get better with age."

She will again face Wales' Rosie Eccles, the silver medallist who beat her at the Gold Coast four years ago, in Sunday's final.

"I'm still loving it, still learning .... I'm keeping up with the young guns in the team - I still do the same workout as the 19-year-old in our team," said Scott.

That Adelaide teen Peters then did his bit, looking every inch a future champ with a considerable engine as he thoroughly discouraged Bongco.

Peters soaked up a couple of his best punches and still came forward, using his substantial reach advantage to relentlessly pour in shots.

He won every round on every judge's card, with an increasingly desperate Bongo also getting a point deducted for holding in the second round.

"This is my first first international tournament, so I'm still learning the ropes," said Peters.

He'll face Scotland's Sam Hickey, who stopped England's Lewis Richardson in the other semi, in Sunday's final.

"These are events, new people to me. I'm very excited. I watched Hickey's fight, he likes to box long - but I like to get in there and chuck non-stop punches," he said.

Coumi had less luck. He had sparred with Williams several times, but the Englishman revealed afterwards he had been holding back some of his best shots to ensure he could surprise the Australian if they met in competition.

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