European boxing qualifier suspended, all results to be valid when the competition resumes

17/03/2020

In light of the constantly changing landscape worldwide, the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) decided to suspend the Boxing Road to Tokyo European qualifier in London, Great Britain, after the last bout of the third day of competition on 16 March.

The BTF eventually took the decision to suspend the event – as well as the subsequent Americas and world qualifiers – amid increasing global travel restrictions and quarantine measures, in order to allow the participants from over 60 countries to adjust their travel plans and return home.

The BTF’s priority remains the qualification of athletes on the field of play, and it aims to complete the distribution of the remaining Tokyo 2020 boxing quota places in May and June.

When it resumes, the European qualifier will pick up from where it was suspended. The official draw, conducted in London on 13 March 2020, and the competition schedule that resulted from this draw, will remain valid and will apply when the event resumes. Only those athletes who were still in the event at the end of the third day of competition will be eligible to participate when the competition resumes. The established results (recorded between 14 and 16 March 2020 in London) will be valid moving forward, and the 16 Olympic quota places earned on 16 March will be valid for the boxing tournament of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Once again, the BTF would like to thank the host nations, the organising committees and all the participants involved for their support and tremendous efforts in dealing with this extraordinary situation.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@olympicboxing.sport.



Great Britain’s Peter McGrail: “The quota is a proud moment for my family and my gym”

16/03/2020

Sixteen European boxers qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Great Britain earned two quota places. One of them was achieved by Great Britain’s European Champion Peter McGrail at the men’s featherweight (57kg) who accomplished his minimum target, the quota for Tokyo.

“I am really proud of the result and to represent Team GB at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It was also a very proud moment for my family, my home city and my gym, the Everton Red Triangle. I felt good going into the Qualifiers and had a really good training camp before the start of the event.

I was focused as always; I am in the competitions which is the most important factor in my successes. My opponent for the quota was a very good one from the Czech Republic, he had great movements, but I knew that I can beat him. He is a young talent, but I had the experience to win this contest.

I am expecting good opponents in the Olympic Games and a tough tournament as always. I am really excited to get to Tokyo and I know I have the skills to win these contests in Japan. I really hope that the Olympic Games go ahead as it planned,” said Great Britain’s two-time World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Peter McGrail after earning his quota place to Tokyo.



A bittersweet day 3: 16 quota places awarded for Tokyo 2020 but Olympic boxing qualifiers suspended from Tuesday

16/03/2020

The Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic European qualifier has been suspended following the last bout of the day on Monday. For more information, please read the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF)’s statement on the suspension here.

It was an extremely long day in London’s Copper Box Arena, and there was a strange feeling in the air as all the fights took place behind closed doors. But the action did play out as scheduled – 55 bouts across five weight categories: women’s fly (48 – 51kg), men’s fly (48 – 52kg), men’s feather (52 – 57 kg), men’s welter (63 – 69kg) and men’s middle (69 – 75kg).

The first bout of the day, in the women’s fly (48 – 51kg), saw Poland’s two-time European Games medallist Sandra DRABIK beat Ukraine’s Rio 2016 Olympian Tetiana KOB. Drabik won the bout 5-0 with some good footwork and angled punches. After the fight, Drabik said:

“I knew my opponent from several previous events; we’ve already met four times before this important contest. I had to move better and I beat her with my footwork and speed. The next fight will be such an important one, and I’ll prepare the best tactics with my coach to realise my goal, which is the quota place for Tokyo.”

In the same weight category, Giordana SORRENTINO (ITA) put in a brilliant performance against number two seed Anush GRIGORYAN (ARM) to claim her second 5-0 victory of these qualifiers. It was the same score, and an important home win, for Charley-Sian DAVISON against her Irish rival, Carly McNAUL, in what was the 100th qualifying fight over the last three days.

Speaking immediately after her bout, Davison said: “It was nice to shake off the ring rust and get the first one out the way. Onto the second one now. I think I boxed well considering I haven’t done it in a while competitively. I’ve only had spars in training but that’s totally different to doing it for real, especially at an Olympic qualifier.”

She added: “I felt I could have been sharper, but I think the nerves were there a little bit. But the first one is always shaky, and now it’s out the way I can perform better next time. I’m always hard on myself and you’ve always got to improve on things; you never stop learning.”

The Republic of Ireland’s Michael NEVIN could be one of the dark horses of these qualifiers. The 2019 European Games bronze medallist used his longer reach against the Netherlands’ experienced Max VAN DER PAS in their middleweight (69 – 75kg) contest.

“I feel that I developed well in recent months after the tough preparation for the qualification event. I was taller than my Dutch opponent and our tactic was based on working from longer distance today. It was such a good fight, and I’m ready for the next one. I didn’t check my draw, just moving ahead step by step in this event, but I’m sure my coaching staff will have the right tactic in the next round,” summarised the Irish boxer following his 4-1 victory.

During the evening session, the first 16 quota places for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were assigned: eight for the men’s fly (48 – 52kg) and eight for the men’s feather (52 – 57kg). Two boxers from the British boxing team earned their tickets to Tokyo – the first being the current light flyweight Commonwealth champion, Galal YAFAI, who got the better of his Russian opponent, Rasul SALIEV, with a unanimous 5-0 win.

After the victory, the Birmingham-born Yafai said: “I always give my best and, today, I showed that. I’m buzzing to come out with the win and my ticket to Tokyo 2020.”

Later on, the number one seed in the men’s feather category (52 – 57kg), Peter McGRAIL, showed his boxing skills in the ring with a comfortable win over Czech boxer Kevin GODLA. “I knew in the back of my mind I was good enough, and now I can tell people I’m actually going to the Olympics,” beamed McGrail, the 2017 European and 2018 Commonwealth champion from Liverpool.

In light of the constantly changing landscape worldwide, the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) made the difficult but necessary decision on Monday to suspend the current Boxing Road to Tokyo European qualifier in London, Great Britain – as well as the subsequent Americas and concluding world qualifiers, which were scheduled to take place in May.

The European qualifier, which started on 14 March and was planned to run until 24 March, officially closed after Monday’s evening session.

Find all the results from day 3 in London here: morning session 5A5B, evening session 6A6B.

Read the IOC Boxing Task Force statement on the suspension, in PDF format.



A busy second day at the Copper Box Arena: 50 preliminary bouts in 5 weight categories take place at the European Boxing Olympic Qualifier in London

15/03/2020

A total of 50 bouts took place on Day 2 of the Boxing Road to Tokyo European Olympic Qualifier. The English capital is the stage where 318 athletes (219 men and 99 women) from 43 countries are competing for 77 Olympic quota places in 13 weight categories (eight men’s and five women’s events).

The opening bout of the day saw a dominant performance in Ring A from the Italian, Irma TESTA in the Women’s Feather (54 – 57kg); the current European champion beat a former European silver medallist – Sandra BRUGGER of Switzerland – with a unanimous 5-0 victory. Testa said after the fight:

“I felt good, it was my first bout and the first one is always the most difficult because of the tension. I am now very excited to have the chance to go forward in the tournament; I want to reach at least at the semi-finals and grab my pass for Tokyo.” The 22-year-old Italian added: “My next opponent will be Russia’s Liudmilla VORONTSOVA, who claimed silver in the last Women’s World Boxing Championships, but I defeated her in 2019. She’s more experienced, so I have to be at my best.”

In the Men’s Lightweight (57 – 63kg), Russia’s Gabil MAMEDOV advanced to the next round by defeating his Georgian rival, the U22 European Champion, Lasha GURULI. Mamdeov gave his thoughts after the bout:

“I knew the Georgian boxer well and I built up a strong strategy against him. The first round wasn’t perfect, but I received good advice in the break and improved from the second round. Now I am looking forward to my next bout here (which will be against the number-one seed, Hovhannes BACHKOV of Armenia)”.

Later in the Light Heavyweight (75-81kg), Switzerland’s 27-year-old boxer, Uke SMAJLI, overcame a points penalty, for using his head in the second round, to eventually beat Greece’s Polyneikis KALAMARAS, 4-1. In the same weight category, the tournament’s number four- seeded Umar DZAMBEKOV (AUT) suffered a surprise 3-2 loss. His Croatian opponent, Luka PLANTIC was cheered on by a number of local fans in the Copper Box Arena as he proceeded to the next round.

The 60th bout of the weekend came during the evening session in Ring A, where the number-one seeded boxer in the Women’s Welter (64 – 69kg), Busenaz SURMENELI (TUR), made light work of her opponent, Elina Orvokki GUSTAFSSON (FIN). It was a unanimous 5-0 win for the current world champion from Turkey.

In the same weight category, number 3 seed Angela CARINI (ITA), who won a silver medal at last year’s World Championships in Russia, dominated her bout against the Irish boxer, Christina DESMOND, claiming a unanimous 5-0 win. It was the same result for 38-year-old Karolina KOSZWESKA (POL), who beat Madeline ANGELSEN (NOR). The Polish boxer had a 10-year professional career, took a hiatus and is now back as an amateur hoping to compete in what would be her final Olympic Games.

2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Rosie ECCLES (GBR) lost her evening clash against number four-seeded Saadat DALGATOVA (RUS). It was a 4-1 split decision, with four of the judges scoring the bout 29:28 in favour of the Russian.

Find all the results from London’s day-2 here: morning session 3A3B, evening session 4A4B.

Today (Monday 16 March) will see another 55 preliminary bouts at the Copper Box Arena. However due to the changing situation with the coronavirus, the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) has made the difficult but necessary decision to hold the rest of the tournament behind closed doors, effective immediately. No spectators will be permitted to attend any of the remaining sessions. The action will begin today at 12 p.m. (find the detailed competition’s schedule here).

Follow the action live

Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English and Russian. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the dedicated London qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.



Boxing Road to Tokyo European Qualifier starts in London: 35 inaugural bouts at the Copper Box Arena

14/03/2020

The Boxing Road to Tokyo European qualifying event, which will see 318 athletes from 43 countries competing for 77 Olympic quota places in 13 weight categories (eight men’s and five women’s events), kicked-off at the Copper Box Arena in East London.

Today, the outstanding 7,500-capacity venue located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, bequeathed by the Olympic Games London 2012, hosted the first 35 bouts of the boxing qualifier.

Women’s Light (57 – 60kg)

Great Britain’s talented teenager, Caroline DUBOIS – the current Youth Olympic Games champion – was first in the ring for her fight against Belarusian Ala STARADUB. All five judges awarded Dubois the victory, even though the 19-year-old admitted afterwards she was “okay, not [her] best” and “can be much better”.

Right after Dubois’ victory, Greek boxer Nikoleta PITA caused a surprise upset by claiming a 4:1 win over the experienced and successful Delfine PERSOON of Belgium. After the fight, Pita said: “I knew my opponent was a professional world champion, so I used the best workable tactic against her, which was based on my footwork. Amateur boxing is different from professional boxing, and I used speed to beat her. I prepared well for this Qualifier and trained hard to accomplish my dreams.”

Men’s Feather (52 – 57kg)

The 24-year-old Italian Francesco MAIETTA suffered a 3:2 split decision defeat against the Czech Republic’s Kevin GODLA, while the Hungarian Roland GALOS won his fight by the same margin against Bosnia’s Alen RAHIMIC.

There was a rapid victory today for Ukraine’s three-time European Championships silver medallist, Mykola BUTSENKO, who won his bout in just 2 minutes and 46 seconds, after a cut against his Danish opponent Frederik JENSEN, caused a stoppage in the first round and the win was given via RSC (Referee Stops the Contest).

Five more bouts were won by unanimous 5:0 decisions today: Arslan KHATAEV (FIN), Samuel KISTOHURRY (FRA), Edgaras SKURDELIS (LTU), Tayfur ALIYEV (AZE) and Artur BAZEYAN (ARM) all advanced to the next round.

Men’s Middle (69 – 75kg)

Azerbaijan’s Kamran SHAKHSUVARLY won plaudits with his 4:1 win over Austrian Edin AVDIC; and a 3:2 split decision handed victory to Moldovan Andrei VREME against Kosovo’s Besart PIREVA.

Women’s Fly (48 – 51kg)

In the evening session, the two-time World Championships silver medallist Stoyka Petrova KRASTEVA (BUL) returned to the ring after a one-year break to beat Aikaterini KOUTSOGEORGOPOULOU (GRE) – it was a familar feeling for the Greek athlete, who lost her quarter-final at last year’s European Games in Minsk to another Bulgarian, Gabriela Dimitrova.

It was comfortable 5:0 victory for the 19-year-old Italian, Giodrana SORRENTINO, who beat her German rival, Ursula GOTTLOB, to advance to the next stage.

Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg)

The last bout of the afternoon session and the 16th of the day, saw Danish boxer Morten GIVSKOV claim a 5:0 win against Romania’s Daniel BURCIU. The most eagerly-anticipated fight of the day was scheduled in the evening between the current Commonwealth Champion, Frazer CLARKE (GBR), and two-time Olympic silver medallist Clemente RUSSO (ITA). But the fans were left disappointed and concerned after the Italian withdrew with an abdominal problem, giving Clarke a walkover victory.

The European qualifying event on the Boxing Road t­o Tokyo will run until 24 March in London – the action will continue today (Sunday 15 March) with 50 more exciting preliminary bouts.

Find all the results from London’s day-1 here: morning session 1A1-B, afternoon session 2A2B.

Tickets now available

Tickets for the Boxing Road to Tokyo in London are on sale online here (click to open link). Prices starts at GBP 5 (adults) and GBP 2.50 (concessions) for weekday sessions.

Follow the action live

Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English and Russian. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the dedicated London qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.



GB Boxing team targets Tokyo 2020 as Olympic boxing returns to London

13/03/2020

The third stage of the Boxing Road to Tokyo series, the European qualifying event, is about to kick off in London, Great Britain, from 14 to 24 March. The competition will be held at the Copper Box Arena, a legacy venue from the Olympic Games London 2012 that will be used again for this awaited competition.

A total of 318 boxers (219 men and 99 women) from 43 nations have registered to compete in the event which has 77 Olympic quota places at stake.  

Yesterday has been a great opportunity for the national media (among them also BBC and Sky Sport) to meet the 13 members of the GB Boxing Team (10 from England and 3 from Wales) that arrived this morning at the Arena and has been available for interviews and photos. Present this morning and ready to grab their ticket to Tokyo:

MEN

  • Galal Yafai – Flyweight (52kg)
  • Peter McGrail – Featherweight (57kg)
  • Luke McCormack – Light-Welterweight (63kg)
  • Pat McCormack – Welterweight (69kg)
  • Lewis Richardson – Middleweight (75kg)
  • Ben Whittaker – Light-Heavyweight (81kg)
  • Cheavon Clarke – Heavyweight (91kg)
  • Frazer Clarke Super Heavy (+91kg)

WOMEN

  • Charley Davidson – Flyweight (51kg)
  • Karriss Artingstall – Featherweight (57kg)
  • Caroline Dubois – Lightweight (60kg)
  • Rosie Eccies – Welterweight (69kg)
  • Lauren Price – Middleweigh (75kg)

The men are a young group in which seven out of eight have won at least one medal at a Major (European or World) Championship.

The 28 years-old and 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Frazer Clarke, said: “It’s a dream of mine to go to the Olympics and I wasn’t just going to give up. I watch motivational videos about never giving up. I’ve put so much into this – 17 years of work. I have a partner and daughter I want to make proud. I am doing this not just for my future but our future.”

He also added: “The other two times I felt like I could have gone to the Games and got the experience. This time I feel like I am a serious competitor. I want to go as a serious competitor, lead the team into Tokyo, act as the elder, set an example and get a gold medal.”

The five women squad includes the recent Middleweight’s World Champion, Lauren Price, joined by the Featherweight World Championship medallist, Karriss Artingstall and 2019 European Championship bronze medallist, class 1996, Rosie Eccles in the Welterweight category.

The 19 years-old, Caroline Dubois, has never compete as a senior yet but has reached outstanding results as a youth: she won the gold medal at the Girls’ lightweight competition at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games. Also, she was named from the BBC, Young Sport Personality of the Year in 2019.

“Being 19 at the Olympics, God willing win the gold, that is not something many have done and is what I want to do. I want people to remember me as a great boxer. Not as one of the best female boxers but one of the best boxers, period. I want people to recognise that I am good and be inspired by me.” Dubois explains.

Tickets now available

Tickets for the Boxing Road to Tokyo in London are on sale online here (click to open link). Prices starts at GBP 5 (adults) and GBP 2.50 (concessions) for weekday sessions.

Follow the action live

Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English and Russian. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at olympicchannel.com and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the dedicated London qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.



Final day of African Olympic Boxing Qualifier in Dakar wraps up quota places for a total of 14 nations

01/03/2020

The African Boxing Road to Tokyo came to an end on the ninth day of the qualification event in the Senegalese capital of Dakar. At its conclusion, 14 nations had shared 33 quota places for this summer’s Games in Tokyo; 22 men across eight weight categories and 11 women across five categories.

First in the ring was the box-off in the Women’s Fly, where Kenya’s Christine ONGARE powered to a 5-0 victory against Uganda’s Catherine NANZIRI to win a bronze medal and her ticket to Tokyo. Another box-off took place in the Men’s Feather, where Samuel TAKYI became the second boxer to qualify from Ghana after Sulemanu T’s victory the previous day. Another Ghanaian – Jessie LARTEY – was unable to make it three quota places for the country though; he was beaten by Uganda’s Shadiri BWOGI in the Men’s Welter box-off. The fourth and final box-off took place in the Men’s Light Heavy, where Moroccan Mohamed ASSAGHIR won his bout against yet another Ghanaian, Shakul SAMED.

There were six finals with gold medals up for grabs in the afternoon session. Rabab CHEDDAR and Khadija MARDI (Morocco) and Imane KHELIF (Algeria) all won their final bouts by a 5-0 scoreline. In the Men’s Featherweight, Zambia’s Everisto MULENGA won 4-1 against Kenya’s Nicholas OKOTH, while in the Welter, another Zambian, Stephen ZIMBA, lost by the same score against Cameroon’s Albert MENGUE. Egyptian Abdelrahman ORABI won a gold medal thanks to a walkover decision against Algeria’s Mohammed HOUMRI.

And that marks the end of the action in Africa, with the boxers now able to reflect on their victories and start preparing for Tokyo. The Boxing Road to Tokyo doesn’t stop here though; we go straight to the historical and culturally rich capital of Amman in Jordan, where the Asia & Oceania Olympic Boxing Qualifiers begin on Tuesday 3 March.

You can find all the other results from the final day here

News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.



Day 8: Three more quota places awarded and the first finals and medal ceremonies take place at the Dakar Arena

28/02/2020

We’re approaching the final phases of this first Boxing Olympic Qualifier, as all of today’s action took place in one ring and in a single afternoon session. African athletes competed in the Women’s Feather (54 – 57kg) and Welter (64 – 69kg), and the Men’s Fly (48 – 52kg), Light (57 – 63kg), Middle (69 – 75kg), Heavy (81 – 91kg) and Super Heavy (+91kg), facing their last bouts before the all-important preparations for Tokyo.

After yesterday’s rest day, the first boxers to get back in the ring were Featherweight (54 – 57kg) number one and two seeds, Sadie KENOSI (BOT) and Khouloud MOULAHI (TUN). Kenosi was the first boxer to win a quota place in these qualifiers two days ago, but today it was Moulahi who prevailed and consequently won the day’s first gold medal. Another encounter between the top two seeds came in the Women’s Welter, where Morocco’s Oumayma BEL AHBIB struck gold by defeating Mozambique’s Helena PANGUANA.

Two Algerians won gold today: Mohamed FLISSI (Men’s Fly), who beat Zambia’s Patrick CHINYEMBA 3:2, and Younes NEMOUCHI (Men’s Middle), who scored an easier 4-1 victory over DR Congo’s David TSHAMA. Namibia’s Lightweight boxer, Jonas JONAS won gold with the same score against Mauritius’s 2011 All-Africa champion, Richarno COLIN. Maxime YEGNONG (CMR) was the victor in his Super Heavy bout; and Youness BAALLA of Morocco also won gold today, thanks to a walkover.

Today’s programme also included three box-offs for the Men’s Fly, Men’s Light and Men’s Middle to confirm the bronze medallists, but even more importantly, to award the day’s three quota places for Tokyo 2020.

Ghana’s Sulemanu TETTEH was one of the three quota place winners. When Ghana competed at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, its only medal at the Games was a bronze and was won by a boxer – Eddie Blay. Tetteh will now be dreaming of equalling or bettering Blay’s success when the Games return to the Japanese capital this summer.

Morocco won its fifth quota place from these qualifiers as Abdelhaq NADIR claimed a 4-1 victory over DR Congo’s Fiston MBAYA in the Men’s Light, while the Cameroonian, Wilfried NTSENGUE, won a bronze medal and his ticket to Tokyo by defeating Uganda’s Kavuma SSEMUJJU 3-2.

Tomorrow will be the final chance for African boxers to qualify for Tokyo, with four quota places up for grabs. Bouts in the Women’s Fly, Men’s Feather, Men’s Welter and Men’s Light Heavy will all take place.

You can find all the other results from day 8 here

Follow the event live

The event will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel. In addition to live streaming with commentary in English and French, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

The session schedules for each of the events can be found here.



The first quota places from the Boxing Road to Tokyo African Olympic Qualifiers are allotted on an emotional day 7 in Dakar

26/02/2020

It was the biggest day so far at the Dakar Arena for the African Olympic Qualifiers, as 26 athletes won their quota places to compete in the Japanese capital this summer at the Games of the 32nd Olympiad.

The first boxer to receive her ticket for Tokyo was the number-one seed in the Women’s Feather, 23-year-old Sadie KENOSI from Botswana. Her victory over Morocco’s Widad BERTAL also means that she is the first boxer ever to qualify in this weight class, as the Women’s 54–57kg is a new category in the Olympic programme. This summer, it will also be the first medal to be awarded in Tokyo for boxing.

Shortly after, in Ring B, two-time African Games medallist Khouloud MOULAHI (TUN) looked ecstatic at booking her place in Tokyo after defeating DR Congo’s 2017 African champion Marcelat SEKOBI MATSHU.

Morocco had a brilliant day at the semi-finals, with four athletes qualifying for Tokyo. In the Women’s Welter, Oumayma BEL AHBIB sealed her place at what will be her first Olympic Games; and in the Women’s Middle, the outstanding Khadija MARDI won her North African derby against Algeria’s Ichrak CHAIB. In the Men’s Heavy, Youness BAALLA scored a 4-1 win over Kenyan Ajowi ELLY, while Rabab CHEDDAR emerged victorious in her Women’s Fly evening session over another Kenyan, Christine ONGARE.

Staying in the Maghreb region of North Africa, Algeria won a sensational seven quota places today. Mohamed FLISSI confirmed his ticket to his third consecutive Olympic Games and will hope to go even better than the quarter-finals, where he finished at Rio 2016. One ahead of Flissi, Tokyo will be the fourth Games for the vastly experienced Abdelhafid BENCHABLA. He has reached the quarter-finals at the last three Olympics, but will compete in the Heavyweight category for the first time this summer.

Younes NEMOUCHI will debut at the Games after 10 years in boxing, and will be joined by 33-year-old Chouaib BOULOUDINATS, African Games bronze medallist Mohammed HOUMRI, Women’s Light boxer Imane KHELIF and the current Women’s Fly African Games champion, Roumaysa BOUALAM.

Mozambique will have at least two representatives in Tokyo: Helena PANGUANA in the Women’s Welter and Adosinda RADY in the Women’s Middle. This is a superb achievement for the south-eastern African country, which has taken fewer than 10 athletes to every Olympic Games since Los Angeles 1984. Incidentally, it was at those Olympics in California where Zambia won its only medal in boxing to date – namely, a bronze for Keith MWILA. The south-central African country won three quota places today courtesy of Stephen ZIMBA in the Men’s Welter, Everisto MULENGA in the Men’s Feather and 19-year-old Patrick CHINYEMBA in the Men’s Fly.

Thanks to victories for Albert MENGUE (Men’s Welter) and Maxime NJIEYO (Men’s Super Heavy), Cameroon won two tickets to Tokyo, while Egypt will be represented in boxing by Abdelrahman ABDELGAWWAD, who won his Light Heavy bout against the Ghanaian, Shakul SAMED.

Namibia’s Jonas JONAS triumphed in the Men’s Light today after upsetting the odds against top-seeded Moroccan Abdelhaq NADIR. David TSHAMA won his Men’s Middle fight, and will be hoping to create history this summer by winning DR Congo’s first-ever Olympic medal – in any sport. Someone who did achieve that for their country was Bruno JULIE of Mauritius – a boxer, no less. He won bronze in the Bantamweight in Beijing in 2008. Today, Richarno LOUIS won his quota place in the Men’s Light and now dreams of bringing Olympic success back to the tiny island this summer.

Tomorrow will be a rest day for all the athletes, but the action will continue on Friday 28 February, with box-offs in the Men’s Fly (52kg), Light (63kg) and Middle (75kg); finals for the Men’s Fly (52kg), Light (63kg), Middle (75kg), Heavy (91kg) and Super Heavy (+91kg); and finals for the Women’s Feather (57kg) and Welter (69kg). More quota places will of course be up for grabs.

You can find all the other results from day 7 here

Follow the event live

The event will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel. In addition to live streaming with commentary in English and French, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

The session schedules for each of the events can be found here.



80 boxers across 40 bouts: an incredible Day 6 at the Dakar Arena for a place in the Boxing Olympic Qualifiers semi-finals

25/02/2020

It was an intense and packed day at the Dakar Arena, with 80 athletes competing for semi-final spots – all with the goal of securing those dream quota places for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The Women’s Fly boxers were the first to jump into the ring; and it was no surprise that the number-one seed and current African champion, Roumaysa BOUALAM (ALG), eased into the semi-finals with a 5-0 defeat of Lethabo MODUKANELE (BOT).

It was a heart-breaking loss for the home girl Khadidja TIMERA – growing up in Paris but fighting for Senegal, she told the Olympic Channel recently that it was her dream to win gold for her country in Tokyo. That dream came to an end after she lost 3-2 in a split decision to the Ugandan, Catherine NANZIRI. But perhaps Timera can set her sights instead on 2024 and win an Olympic medal in the city where she grew up. What a story that would be. In Ring B, Kenya’s Christine ONGARE went through to the semis after beating DR Congo’s Modestine ZALIA.

In the Men’s Light category, it was another win for Commonwealth Games silver medallist Jonas of Namibia, who defeated the Ghanaian, Abdul Wahid OMAR. In the Men’s Fly, another Namibian, Thomas Nestor MEKONDJ, did not enjoy the same success as Jonas – he was well beaten by the three-time All-Africa Games medallist, Mohamed FLISSI – with the Algerian firmly on course to compete in his third consecutive Olympic Games.

It was a tough encounter for Ezzerrifi ANAS (MAR) who lost to the number-one seed in the Men’s Middle category, Kavuma David SSEMUJJU (UGA). In the same weight category, 2015 African champion Wilfred NTSENGUE (CMR) beat Raul MANGUE (GEQ) 5-0, meaning the Cameroonian still has a fighting chance of competing in his second Olympic Games at the age of just 22.

Algeria’s Younes NEMOUCHI won an incredible Men’s Middle bout against Jean Luc ROSALBA of Mauritius, the North African winning the fight in round three with an RSC (Referee Stops Contest) decision. There was yet more success for Algeria in the evening session and a big surprise too, as Women’s Light boxer Imane KHELIF earned her spot in the semis by beating the number-one seed, Aratwa KASEMANG (BOT).

In the Men’s Heavy, it was another Algerian superstar –Abdelhafid BENCHABLA – who prevailed in what was his first fight of the qualifiers, at the expense of Ibrahima Sory BARRY (GUI). The 33-year-old is the current All-Africa champion, and if he qualifies in Dakar in the next week, Tokyo will be his fourth Olympic Games. A much younger fighter but also with Olympic boxing experience – namely a bronze medal from the Youth Olympic Games in 2018 – Youssef Ali MOUSSA (EGY) showed the crowd no mercy in defeating Karamba KEBE in his home country.

Tomorrow will see nine categories in the ring. As well as Women’s Fly (51kg), the men will compete in Fly (52kg), Light (63kg), Middle (75kg), Heavy (91kg), Feather (57kg), Welter (69kg), Light Heavy (81kg) and Super Heavy (+91kg). The excitement is growing as we edge closer to the semi-finals and the possibility to win those coveted quota places for Tokyo 2020.

You can find all the other results from day 6 here.

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The event will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel. In addition to live streaming with commentary in English and French, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

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Asian / Oceanian Olympic Qualifying Event: Teams Arrive in Amman

24/02/2020

The second leg of the Boxing Road to Tokyo series – the Asian/Oceanian Qualifying Event – will be held in Amman, Jordan, from 3 to 11 March. The competition will be staged at the Prince Hamza Hall, where 251 boxers (174 men and 77 women) from 40 nations are expected to compete for 63 Tokyo 2020 quota places.

The 63 Tokyo 2020 quota places to be distributed in Amman:

MenWoman
Weight categories (kg) Quota places Weight categories (kg) Quota places
Fly (48kg to 52kg) 6Fly (48kg to 51kg) 6
Feather
(52kg to 57kg)
6Feather
(54kg to 57kg)
4
Light (57kg to 63kg) 6Light (57kg to 60kg)4
Welter
(63kg to 69kg)
5Welter
(64kg to 69kg)
4
Middle
(69kg to 75kg)
5Middle
(69 kg to 75kg)
4
Light Heavy
(75kg to 81kg)
5
Heavy (81kg to 91kg) 4
Super Heavy (+91kg) 4
TOTAL 4122

Teams are already arriving in Amman, to acclimatise and finalise their preparation ahead of the event. It’s not the first time that Asian and Oceanian boxers have met in an Olympic qualifier, and some of the best athletes in the world are here aiming for an Olympic spot.

Asia is indeed well known for being a boxing powerhouse, and statistics confirm it: athletes from the continent claimed 13 medals at the Olympic Games Athens 2004, and 12 in Beijing four years later. Since women’s boxing events were added to the Olympic programme, Asian boxers have earned a total of 16 medals in London, and 17 at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

Furthermore, Asian boxers finished atop of the list at all recent world-level competitions. Last year, at the World Men’s Elite Boxing Championships held in Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation, they pocketed 15 out of the 32 medals. Asian women boxers’ results are in line with the trend too, as they obtained 3 gold, 4 silver and 10 bronze medals at the 2019 Women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan-Ude, Russian Federation, and 8 out of 10 gold medals at the 2018 Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi, India.

Nations to watch

Uzbekistan comes first in the list of “nations to watch” in Amman, as their team finished top of the medal standings both at the Olympic Games Rio 2016  and at the 2019 World Men’s Elite Boxing Championships. Kazakhstan is certainly their biggest challenger: the Central Asian boxing power has claimed gold medals at all Olympic Games editions since the country’s first participation in 1996, and Tokyo 2020 is in their sights. In Amman they will face strong contenders from China, the Philippines, Chinese Taipei and Mongolia.

India is also in the spotlight. Since the country won its first Olympic boxing medal back in 2008, the sport has been growing steadily, and their team is now considered one of the strongest in the world. IOC Boxing Taskforce Athlete Ambassador Mary Kom (51kg) will be the team’s biggest hope during this Asian/Oceanian Qualifying Event.

Oceania’s Australia and New Zealand are also among the nations to watch: 13 Australian athletes and 9 New Zealand amateur boxers have set out on their biggest assignment of their boxing careers as they chase qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games. There are great expectations for David Nyika, the New Zealand amateur boxer, who won the men’s light heavyweight division at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the men’s heavyweight division at the 2018 edition. We’re going to see him in Amman also as an Athlete Ambassador, and so he will be involved in interesting interviews and exciting activation events. We shouldn’t forget to mention Japan, the next Olympic Games host nation, which has developed a strong boxing team over the last 10 years.

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The event will be live on the Olympic Channel. In addition to live streaming with commentary in English and French, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the dedicated Amman Qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

The session schedules for each continental qualifier can be found here.



DAY 5: The first quarter-finals in the Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers have begun in the Senegalese capital

24/02/2020

The women’s quarter-finals kicked off today at the 15,000-seater Dakar Arena. Every bout from here on in is bound to be highly contested, as the Olympic places get closer.

Women’s Feather

The first seed, Keamogetse Sadie KENOSI of Botswana, won 5-0 on points in a powerful bout against her Algerian rival, Fatima SENOUCI, who cleared her first round but just didn’t have enough strength today.

One of the unmissable bouts of the day featured the 2019 All-Africa Games winner, Khouloud Hlimi Ep MOULAHI (TUN), who was too strong for Ramla ALI (SOM) – a London-based boxer and model managed by British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. The Tunisian came out on top with a 4-1 win.

There was a surprising loss in the afternoon for Camara Marine FATOUMATA (MLI) – seeded number 3 in this category, as the 2019 African silver medallist couldn’t find a way past Marcelat MATSHU (COD).

Women’s Welter

The number 1-seeded welterweight, Oumayma BEL AHBIB (MAR), was far too good for Bernadette KEUYE (CMR), running out with a comfortable points victory, while Helena Panguana ACINDA of Mozambique made light work of her Ivorian opponent, Sedja SANOGO, in a 5-0 win.

Emily Tinah NAKALEMA (TUN) – competing for her country for the first time – didn’t make the dream debut she’d hoped for, losing out to a solid performance by number 3-seeded, Ivanusa Gomes MOREIRA (CPV).

Women’s Middle

One of the most prominent female African boxers, Khadija EL-MARDI (MAR), who won the bronze medal at the 2019 Women’s World Boxing Championships in Russia, will proceed to the semi-finals after besting her opponent, Clotilde ESSIANE (CMR), in Ring A in the afternoon. At the same time over in Ring B, the number 2 seed, Rady Adosinda GRAMANE (MOZ), beat Elizabeth ANDIEGO (KEN) via an RSC (Referee Stops the Contest) decision in round 2.

Preliminaries Continue for the Men

In the Men’s Featherweight, the number 1 seed – 26 year-old Olympian Mohamed HAMOUT of Morocco, defeated Nathan Lunata NKOSI of DR Congo with an easy 5-0 win. The professional boxer and African Games bronze medallist, Pedro Manuel GOMES (ANG), scored a points victory in a brilliant fight against the number 3 seed, Oussama MORDJANE (ALG), in what was the 99th bout of the qualifiers and the first fight of the evening session.

The 100th bout also took place in Ring B in the evening, and went in favour of the Kenyan, Nicholas Okongo AKOTH, who defeated the Egyptian, Mostafa Mohamed KOSMAN, with a 4-1 victory.

As the action hots up, everybody around the Dakar Arena is getting ready for tomorrow’s quarter-finals, which will see events in no fewer than eight weight categories: the Women’s Fly will take place alongside seven in the Men’s – the Fly, Light, Middle, Feather, Heavy, Light Heavy and Super Heavy.

You can find all the other results from day 5 here.

Follow the event live

The event will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel. In addition to live streaming with commentary in English and French, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

The session schedules for each of the events can be found here.



Highlights from Day 4 of the Boxing Road to Tokyo African Olympic Qualifiers

23/02/2020

The fourth day of the African Boxing Olympic Qualifiers was the busiest so far, with 26 nations represented across five weight categories, in 31 scheduled bouts. The action began at 2 p.m. on Ring A with the Women’s Fly (48 – 51 kg), where Lethabo Bokamoso MODUKANELE (BOT) beat Amel CHEBBI (TUN) 5-0. After that, it was another win for Botswana by the same score, as the 2019 All-Africa Games winner, Rajab Otukile MAHOMMED, defeated the Moroccan, Said MORTAJI.

In the 47th bout of the African Qualifiers, Juliano Fernando Gento MAQUINA (MOZ) beat his opponent Bilel BOUGHANMI (TUN) in the Men’s Fly; and the last fight of the afternoon in that category saw All-Africa Games bronze medalist Dawit Bekele WIBSHET (ETH) triumph over Mick Mikamou MAYELET (GAB).

In the evening session for Men’s Flyweight, there was one other result to catch up on, as Algerian Mohamed FLISSI scored a points victory in a competitive encounter against Doudou Ilunga KABANGE of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the same category, the bout between the third seeded Kenyan Hassan Shaffi BAKARI and Sulemanu TETTEH saw the latter proceed to the next round after a 3-2 split decision.

There was a unanimous decision in favour of the Moroccan, Abdelhaq NADIR – the number one seed in the Men’s Light category – as he beat Yasin ADNAN of Uganda.

In Ring B at the Dakar Arena, there was a brilliant afternoon performance from one of Africa’s best boxers – Jonas of Namibia, who won a Commonwealth silver medal in Glasgow in 2014 when he was just 20 – who showed his talents again today by beating the Tanzanian, Alex Michael ISENDI.

In the Men’s Middleweight category, Kavuma David SSEMUJJU (UGA) won 5-0 on points against one of Kenya’s best boxers – Rayton Nduku OKWIRI – a hugely experienced athlete who had made a return from the professional world. Ezzerrifi Amrani ANAS (MAR) made light work of his opponent, Temesgen Mitiku NEKA (ETH), bringing the fight to a halt in round two via an RSC (Referee Stops the Contest) decision.

In other news, Gambian boxer Foday Bangura BADJIE was disqualified in the morning as he was deemed overweight for his Men’s Middle fight (69 – 75 kg), so Jean Luc David ROSALBA of Mauritius was awarded a walkover and an easy path in to the next round.

Tomorrow is going to be an even more exciting day, with the first round of quarter-finals for Women’s Feather, Women’s Welter and Women’s Middle. The men’s preliminaries will also continue in three weight categories: Light Heavy, Welter and Feather.

You can find all the other results from day 4 here.

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News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

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DAY 3 – 21 bouts today for a place in the next round at the African Boxing Olympic Qualifiers

22/02/2020

It was an exciting and busy day at the Dakar Arena where male boxers from 22 nations faced each other in a total of 21 bouts across afternoon and evening sessions.

The opening fight on Ring B for the Men’s Featherweight was also the fastest: Musa CHAM of Gambia beat the Cameroonian, Ignas Aristide Ronaldo TCHOUTA MBIANDA in just 52 seconds; Mbianda reporting an unintentional but bad wound on his cheekbone. On the other ring in the same weight category, Nathan LUNATA NKOSI of DR Congo scored an easy win against Swaziland’s 21 year old, Zweli DLAMINI.

Later in the evening, Moroke MOKHOTHO (LES) benefited from a split decision with a 3:2 victory in the blue corner against the Tunisian, Bilel MHAMDI. And the last fight in the Featherweight category ended 5:0 in favour of the Angolan Pedro Manuel GOMES who powered past his Tanzanian rival, Mlingwa Boniphace KAJI.

Men’s Welterweight Bouts

Tswiige MMUSI (BOT) didn’t have a lot of difficulty defeating Yannick MITOUMBA MBEMY from Gabon with a clean 5:0 victory. Zambia’s Stephen ZIMBA (ZAM) also proceeded to the next round by the same winning margin against Munjanye SNOWDEN (MWI).

Ring B saw a tussle between two North African nations but it was the Egyptian Omar Elsayed Ragab ELAWADY ELA who prevailed over the Tunisian Ahmed MEJRI. In the blue corner, Freeman MABVONGWE (ZIM) produced a winning performance against Nestor NDUWARUGIRA (BDI).

During the day’s second session on the same ring, the young Angolan Nafital Alfonso GOMA showed great resolve; despite being knocked down by Libya’s Dawku Asim Salih AMHIMMID, Goma won the bout in round 2 via an RSC decision with a knockdown of his own.

Other results from the evening session:

Thabiso DLAMINI (SWZ) vs Tounkara MADALA (MLI) 5:0

Mesfin BIRU KERALAH (ETH) vs Bassole Brice ROMARIC (BUR) 5:0

Jessie LARTEY (GHA) vs Mohamed ABOUBACAR (COM) 5:0

Men’s Heavyweight Debut

A split decision of 3:2 decided the first Heavyweight bout in favour of Barry IBRAHIMA SORY (GUI) over his opponent David Bawah AKANKOLIM. (GHA). It was an RSC loss in round 1 for Sanyang Sandy SAM of Gambia against his victor, Sadiki MAROY MAROY of DR Congo.

The third and final bout of the day for this category saw the former Swedish National Champion Alex BWAMBALE, now of Uganda, triumph over Angolan Luvumbo Kiala JUNIOR.

Men’s Super Heavy Battle

In the Super Heavy category, Agnes Keddy EVANS (SEY) didn’t get a look in against Dos Santos Morais DAVILSON (CPV) who emerged victorious with a 5:0 win and it was the same score in Ring A for Yegnong NJIEYO (CMR) over Solomon Geko KOZAALA (UGA).

To close the day, 23 year old Ghanaian boxer Anani KUTSUKE went through to the next round beating the two-time Commonwealth Games competitor, Haruna Swanga MHANDO – an athlete ten years his senior.

Two more sessions are scheduled today at the Dakar Arena at the same times of 2pm and 6pm UTC. Both genders will be in the rings as we’ll see bouts in the Women’s Fly, Women’s Light, Men’s Fly, Men’s Light and Men’s Middle categories.

Follow the event live

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News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

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DAY 2 – Preliminaries continue in Dakar for the Boxing Road to Tokyo African Qualifier

21/02/2020

The Boxing Road to Tokyo African Qualifier, currently being held in Dakar, Senegal, continued today with the Preliminaries for Women’s Featherweight (54 – 57kg) and Men’s Lightweight (57 – 63kg).

On Ring A, the first fight was between two first-timers and it was a quick victory for Fatima Zahra SENOUCI (ALG) who defeated Madagascar’s Marie Madele RASOARINORO EP RALISON in round 2, via an RSC (Referee Stops the Contest).

On Ring B, Beatrice Akoth OUMA (KEN) prevailed over her opponent Ramla Said Ahmed

ALI (SOM) with a 5:0 victory. Not long after, Marcelat SAKOBI MATSHU (COD) beat Suzan AKELLO from Uganda by the same points margin to close the Women’s Featherweight fights for the day.

The day’s first triumph in the Men’s Lightweight came in Ring B and went to the Tanzanian boxer Alex Michael ISENDI who beat Almnsori Mahamed Hafith FARHAT from Libya winning 5:0. It was the same result for Guinea’s Diallo Ibrahima BEA JR, who was victorious over Diosdado BODDIEN EVITA, representing the small Central African country of Equatorial Guinea.

Back on Ring A, it was an easy victory for Uganda’s Yasin ADNAN over Abrham ALEM GEBREMARIAM from Ethiopia; Adnan winning in Round 2 with another RSC decision. After them, the crowd witnessed three more 5:0 wins: Clinton Farlo NDJINGA (GAB) bested his opponent, Sabry GAMAL KAMEL MERDASH (EGY), Qhobosheane MOHLEREPE (LES) triumphed against Jorgito CA (GBS) in the blue corner and to conclude, Omar ABDUL WAHIB from Ghana prevailed over the Kenyan, Joseph SHIGALI.

And on Ring B, the last two fights of the day saw the 36 year old Senegalese Matar SAMBOU surrender to the power of Algerian boxer, Abdelli YAHIA, while the youthful Ben Haj Aouina AKREM (TUN) defeated Steve MINKO NSA’AMANG in the red corner with a 5:0 win.

The African Olympic Qualifying Event sees 198 athletes from 38 countries competing in 13 weight categories, with 33 Olympic Quota Places up for grabs. Tomorrow, Day 3 will start off with the Preliminaries for Men’s Feather (52 – 57kg), Men’s Welter (63 – 69kg), Men’s Heavy (81 – 91kg) and Men’s Super-Heavy (+91kg).

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News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

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DAY 1 for African Boxing Qualifier – Road to Tokyo 2020

20/02/2020

African Boxing Road to Tokyo first bouts took place in Dakar Arena, Dakar, Senegal.

Women’s boxing went first with the Welterweight preliminaries, which saw Bernadette Keuye (CMR) defeating Jorbelle Malewu Tekasala (COD) 4-0, and in the other ring Sedja Sanogo (CIV) winning against Algeria’s Sarra Kali 3-2.

For the Men’s Fly, there were three 5-0 wins, with the Moroccan, Said Mortaji, beating Muayid Abdulhakim Okashah (LBA), while Zambia’s Patrick Chinyemba defeated Disan Mubiru from Uganda, and Doudou Ilunga Kabange (COD) beat Marco Jerome Andrianarivelo (MAD).

In the same weight category, we also saw two RCS (Referee Stop Contest) victories in R3 for Mick Mikamou Mayelet (GAB) against Tlholohelo Mokhesi (LES), and Tetteh Sulemanu (GHA) against the Egyptian, Mohamed Mostafa Galal Morsy.

The last weight category of the day was the Men’s Middle, which saw a 5-0 triumph in ring B for Abubakari Kwasi Quartey (GHA) against Adan Ahmed Mohamed from Somalia, and David Tshama Mwenekabwe (COD) against Mohamed Diaby (MLI). In ring A, Rayton Nduku Okwiri from Kenya outclassed Emhemed Salem Elmagasbi from Lebanon, winning 5-0. The very last bout of the day saw the hometown favourite, Pape Mamadou Ndiaye (SEN), defeated by the power of Daniel Eduardo Zola (ANG).

Scheduled for tomorrow another round of preliminaries will see the Dakar Arena’s rings hosting two more weight categories: Women’s Feather (54-57kg) and Men’s Light (57-63kg).

Follow the action live

The event will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel. In addition to live streaming with commentary in English and French, highlights and news, the Olympic Channel will present a live studio show prior to the quarter-final, semi-final and final matches of each event.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform at boxing.athlete365.org, while fans can join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

Event schedule

The session schedules for each continental qualifier can be found here.