BYRON Boxing Club’s John Docherty suffered Commonwealth Games semi-final heartache when losing a unanimous points decision to Dieudonne Wilfried Seyi Ntsengue of Cameroon at Gold Coast, Australia.
Docherty, 20, was guaranteed a bronze medal in the 75kg division before the all action semi where both fighters went toe-to-toe.
It is further Commonwealth medal success for Docherty who won Commonwealth Youth Games gold in Samoa in 2015.
The Aberdeen trained boxer produced a strong display against reigning African continental champion Seyi Ntsengue who competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil.
Docherty began the bout well but the unorthodox Cameroon fighter grew into the first round with Seyi Ntsengue getting through the Scots’ guard with accurate shots.
In the second round switch hitter Seyi Ntsenque, a soldier in the Cameroon army, constantly dropped his hands and Docherty tried to capitalize by landing combinations.
Both boxers caught one another with significant shots with Docherty scoring with some solid punches in the second.
In the third both fighters traded blows in an enthralling contest but the Cameroon fighter got the nod from the judges.
Seyi Ntsengue will now face Vikas Krishan of India in the final tomorrow at 10.47 am British time
One of India’s most decorated amateur boxers Krishan reached the quarter-finals of the 2016 Olympics in Rio and is an Asian Games gold medal winner.
The 25-year-old has also won world championships bronze as well as Asian Championships silver and bronze.
Docherty progressed to the semi-final stage by defeating England’s Ben Whittaker on split decision (4:1).