The 10th All-Africa Games followed with its fourth competition day in Maputo where two Algerians - out of eight - secured a place in the semi-finals and therefore at least bronze medals.
Beijing Olympic Games bronze medallist, 33-year-old Mauritian Bruno Julie, did exactly the same after beating Zambia's newcomer Douglas Banda. The ringside doctor stopped the contest when the young Zambian boxer was injured. Julie will be fighting against Mozambique's Antonio Macie Watch in the semi-final.
Algeria's best future hope and AIBA Youth World Championships competitor, 18-year-old Reda Benbaziz, defeated Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and Botswana's team captain, Tirafalo Seoko, by 5:3. In the semi-final, Reda will face South African young surprise, Ayabonga Sonjica.
The other Algerian securing a medal in Maputo is African Championships silver medallist and WSB boxer, Chouaib Bouloudinat. He triumphed over African Cup of Nations silver medallist, Mauritian Rodney Prosper, by 13:5 and will fight against reigning African Champion, Romaric Ngoula Tangoum from Cameroon, in the heavyweight's semi-finals.
Apochi Efetobor is a new comer in Nigeria's squad, but he showed all his power to knock-out Emmanuel Kyambadde of Uganda in the heavyweight class. His next opponent will be Ghana's WSB fighter, Maxwell Amponsah, who eliminated Mozambique's Isaac Dimande.
African Champion and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, 24-year-old Mauritian Richarno Colin, won five tournaments this year and he is the top favourite of the light welterweight division in Maputo. For his second contest, he just overwhelmed Cameroon's Beijing Olympian Babou Mahaman Smaila by 17:7.
Beijing Olympian and Zambia's actual best boxer, 26-year-old Precious Makina, had to fight against Athens Olympian, Nigerian veteran Muyideen Ganiyu, who is back on track due to the London Olympic Games. Their close contest finished 19:17 and Makina advanced to the semi-finals.
African Championships bronze medallist, Botswana's Gomotsang Gaasite from Francistown, unexpectedly knocked-out in the second round of their light-welterweight contest his main rival, 21-year-old Namibian Titus Iiyambo.
South Africa's multiple National Champion, Siphiwe Lusizi, has been involved in the national squad since 2008 and therefore he is one of the most experienced boxer of the country. Lusizi won over Ghana's newcomer Norris Thompson by 15:4 in the welterweight class. The division's top favourite Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Tournament winner and Beijing Olympian, Cameroons Joseph Mulema, stopped Lesotho's army boxer, Paneng Kokole.
Kenya's great hope, multiple National Champion, Rayton Nduku Okwiri, who has competed in the last edition of the All-Africa Games, eliminated African Championships bronze medallist, Tunisian Amor Bahri, by 17:14 in the welterweight class.
Beijing Olympic Games quarter-finalist, Algerian Abdelhafid Benchebla, was the first African boxer to secure his ticket to London at the WSB Individual Championships in May. Algeria's superstar had to fight against his biggest rival, African Champion, Tunisian Yahya Mkacheri, for his opening contest which ended up with Benchebla's victory.
Commonwealth Games quarter-finalist, Nigerian Lukmon Lawal, moved a weight division up this year and made a successful debut in Maputo. The 23-year-old light heavyweight boxer defeated Indian Ocean Islands Games winner, Seychelles' teenager Agnes Keddy, by 20:16.
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