Devastated Kerry Davis admitted she took her eye off the ball against an opponent she’d beaten before after being dumped out of the Commonwealth Games boxing.
Cheltenham’s Davis was ahead on four out of the five judges’ scorecards before Mozambique’s Rady Adosinda Gramane roared back into the contest, taking the next two rounds to secure a unanimous points victory in the women’s middleweight quarter final.
Davis, who is one of over 1,100 elite athletes on UK Sport’s National Lottery-funded World Class Programme, allowing them to train full time, have access to the world’s best coaches and benefit from pioneering technology, science and medical support, had beaten her opponent to gold in the pair’s last meeting at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in February, but Gramane’s energy saw her reverse the result as she continually landed the heavier blows as the fight wore on at Birmingham’s NEC.
Davis, 25, fought back the tears before saying: “I’m gutted. I won the first round and did well but in the second round I just switched off.
“I beat her before, but I don’t know, I just switched off.”
After Davis’ last fight she said she was overwhelmed by the home crowd but in Wednesday’s afternoon session the England supporters were hushed into stunned silence after her opponent’s late barrage of blows.
A strong pocket of Mozambique support made plenty of noise instead as their fighter went on to take the spoils and guarantee at least a bronze medal.
Gramane said: “I’m very happy and satisfied with the result. I didn’t expect to win.
“I studied my opponent from the last competition, and I had a good idea of what to do after the first round.
“The support was extraordinary. I loved it and wasn’t expecting that much noise.
“I thought the judging was very fair for both sides.”
Davis grew up playing football before switching to boxing after discovering it as a teenager and had the honour of being the first home fighter on the card at the Games.
She rose to that occasion with a dominant win on points over Ghana’s Ornella Sathoud, taking the fight on four of the five judges’ scorecards.
Davis made her IBA World Championship bow earlier this year, reaching the quarterfinals but was again unable to progress further than the last-eight stages.
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