Cut eye won’t halt Baister’s gold dream

Warren Baister lands with a left in his Commonwealth Games round of 16 clash with Northern Ireland's Steven Ward
Warren Baister lands with a left in his Commonwealth Games round of 16 clash with Northern Ireland's Steven Ward
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SUNDERLAND heavyweight Warren Baister aims to shrug off a cut eye to keep his Commonwealth Games gold medal dream on course.

The England star beat Northern Ireland’s Steven Ward in a split decision in Glasgow yesterday, knocking out the silver medallist from the 2010 Games in Delhi.

Baister insisted there was no problem with the cut eye which required lengthy treatment afterwards.

He said: “As long as the doctor is happy with it I am happy with it and I will box on.”

Baister will next fight Canada’s Samir El Mais in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Baister had to come from behind to progress, with 24-year-old Ward winning the first round on all three officials cards.

A huge left hander in the second round helped Baister take the second round, and he was convincing in the final round to ease to victory in his round of 16 clash/

but was then caught by a big left in round two by Baister.