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.

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.

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