The third competition day of the All Africa Games delivered 30 exciting preliminary bouts in Brazzaville, Congo, where the winners of the Light Flyweight (49 kg), Light Welterweight (64 kg), Welterweight (69 kg) and Middleweight (75 kg) matches advanced to the quarter-finals.
Bout of the day
Kenya’s APB star Rayton Nduku Okwiri is one of the most successful boxers competing in Brazzaville, and advanced to the Welterweight quarter-finals with an impressive victory over Egypt’s Mohamed Hamdi Abdelmawgoud Hikal.
The 29-year-old Kenyan used his strength and power to considerable acclaim, while the young Egyptian also found success with his tricky style.
It was Okwiri who found the gaps with consistent success however, and he is the man to beat in the Welterweight division.
Team of the day
Botswana enjoyed a successful day as three of their boxers qualified for the quarter-finals.
Their first triumph on was delivered by African Zonal Champion Kagiso Bagwasi, who impressed in his Light Welterweight bout with Mozambique’s Maxime Bennoneldo.
Mmusi Tswiige then defeated Seychelles’ Alva Botsoie at Welterweight, while AFBC African Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Zibani Chikanda continued Botswana’s winning path by stopping Ethiopia’s Akililu Getachew.
Surprise of the day
Cameroon’s National League winner Seyi Ntsengue delivered a big surprise on Day 3 when he eliminated the Middleweight gold medal favourite, and two-time Olympian Mujandjae Kasuto.
South Africa’s AFBC African Cup winner Sibusiso Bandla demonstrated his power against Ghana’s AFBC African Confederation Boxing Championship silver medallist Sulemanu Tetteh in their Light Flyweight bout.
Algeria’s APB boxer and two-time Olympian Abdelkader Chadi also impressed against Uganda’s Tony Mukiibi at Light Welterweight.
A future Light Welterweight rival for Chadi in Brazzaville could be Mauritius’ Richarno Colin, who eliminated Congo’s experienced Fabrice Nzaou.
Middleweight is another fiercely competitive division in the All Africa Games, and Zambia’s Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Ben Muziyo, and Algeria’s Ilyas Abbadi both won their last 16 bouts today.
Fact of the day
Algeria continued their perfect performance in the All Africa Games, while two athletes from DR Congo won their contests on Day 3.
Quote of the day
“I came to the All Africa Games well prepared and hungry for a good result in my main AOB event of 2015. I knew I would tire my Egyptian opponent, so I was patient in the bout. He was not a bad boxer and a talented one, but I am confident following my AIBA Pro Boxing contests where I met with the best in the world,” said Kenya’s Rayton Nduku Okwiri.
Twenty-nine contests are scheduled for the fourth day of the All Africa Games, where women will make their debut in the boxing competition for the very first time.