New Zealand boxer David Nyika has made an allegation of biting against his Barbudan opponent at the Commonwealth Games on Friday.
Despite winning the contest, Nyika claims Antigua and Barbuda’s Yakita Aska sunk gnashers into his flesh on two occasions,
The fight has been labeled an ‘ugly victory’ by the 22-year-old since the contest as Nyika attempts to follow up his Glasgow 2014 gold with another on the Gold Coast.
“It’s probably the closest fight I’ve had. A little bit rugged, but a perfect start to a long tournament,” said Nyika after the contest.
“When they don’t want to win, they want to survive. It’s tough. I copped a couple of bite marks, a couple of low blows.
“It’s a tough fight. He bit me in the end, but that’s the sport we’re in. Fair play to him: it’s kill or be killed.”
Aska failed to mention the incidents when responding with: “He is one of the best. He won gold at the last Commonwealth Games, so it was a bad draw for me. He is a very strong kid.”
Nyika head into Tuesday’s Quarter-Final against Cameroonian Christian Ndzie Tsoye in good shape, despite sending out a tongue-in-cheek Instagram post.
“Through to the Quarter-finals, ugly fight but happy to get the ball rolling. Don’t worry, guys, I’ve had my tetanus shots,” posted Nyika.
The boxing tournament runs until April 14, when champions in all categories will be crowned.