It was the fourth day of rivalry, and while some boxers were embarking on their second fight on the road to Tokyo Olympic, some of the top seeds were making their first appearance. One of the highlight bouts of the day was a middleweight clash in Ring A between Rayton Okwiri of Kenya, and David Ssemujju of Uganda.
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Okwiri boxed in Rio 2016 and despite not medaling he turned professional after the Olympics and took the African middleweight title. Ssemujju, the top seed in this category prevailed in a close contest, winning on a split decision.
Among the other winners on a busy day of action was the top seed in the men’s flyweight division Rajab Mahommed of Botswana who knocked out Juliano Maquina, of Mozambique. The second seed in this category Mohamed Flissi was made to work harder in order to progress, eventually winning on a split decision against Doudou Ilunga Kabange of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The top seed in the lightweight category Abdelhaq Nadir also advanced after winning by a unanimous point’s decision against Yasin Adnan of Uganda. Meanwhile, the second seed in this category Richarno Colin of Mauritius, also advanced winning on points against Akrem Ben Haj Aouina of Tunisia.
The best boxers of the African continent 218 athletes from 39 nations will be competing at the Dakar Arena for 33 Olympic quota places at Tokyo 2020. The event is being organized by the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF), in cooperation with Dakar’s Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and the Senegalese National Olympic Committee.
The tournament, being organized by the International Olympic Committee Boxing Task Force owing to the suspension of the International Boxing Association as the governing body for the sport, is due to continue tomorrow, with the first of the quarterfinals taking place.