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'He's not my mate, he's my brother' - Patrick Mailata and rival in heart-warming show of sportsmanship following brutal super heavyweight slug-fest

Just moments after smashing each other to bits for nine minutes in an entertaining and brutal super heavyweight fight at the Commonwealth Games, Kiwi Patrick Mailata and English rival Frazer Clarke showed the respect and admiration they have for each other in a heart-warming ring-side interview.

Clarke won through to the men's 91kg gold medal match after a narrow 3-2 points decision over the 23-year-old Samoan-Kiwi. 

The fight - which saw Mailata given standing eight counts in the first and final rounds - was one of the most entertaining of the night as both boxers went toe to toe in powerful fashion.

Afterwards, Clarke joined Mailata in an interview with 1 NEWS' Stephen Stuart.

"He's not my mate, he's my brother," Clarke said.

"The respect between us two is unbelievable, you know."

The pair had previously trained together with heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua, and have also both lost to Joseph Parker in competition.

They both said the fight was worthy of the gold medal bout, but were confident they would meet again in their careers. 

"Hopefully this will be an Olympic final!" Clarke said.

The result meant the New Zealand boxing team claimed four bronze medals, while David Nyika will fight for gold around 3.30pm NZT this afternoon.


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