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).
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