20 Feb - 15 Mar 2020
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification Tournaments
Dakar, Amman, London, Buenos Aires, Paris
All the action on the Road to Tokyo 2020
Monday 24th February 2020 was day 5 of the Boxing Olympic Qualification event in Dakar, with the first quarter-finals taking place in the women's featherweight, welterweight and middleweight divisions.
We were live blogging throughout the day, and you can read about it all, as it happened, below.
But first, here's a summary of what day 5 involved.
There are 33 bouts scheduled for today (Monday 24 Feb), which is the busiest so far and takes us beyond the halfway point in Dakar, both in terms of days of action and number of bouts.
For the men, this is the final day of the preliminary stages, so everyone there is boxing for a quarter-final place. It is the first time we will have seen the light-heavyweights in action and, after not featuring for the first four days, things suddenly get very busy, as they face a last 16 bout today, a quarter-final tomorrow (Tuesday) and, if successful, a semi-final on Wednesday, before a well-deserved break on the rest day, Thursday.
That will be the same schedule for all the men in action today, with the semi-finals all important, as victory there means a place at the Tokyo Olympics.
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20 Feb - 15 Mar 2020
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification Tournaments
Dakar, Amman, London, Buenos Aires, Paris
All times are UTC/GMT.
That's the end of another long, absorbing day at Dakar Arena. It also brings us to the end of the preliminary rounds. Tuesday sees the quarter-finals in all eight men's divisions, as well as two women's divisions, with the semi-finals and places in Tokyo being decided on Wednesday.
Albert Mengue Ayissi (Cameroon): "It was referee stopped but I am not smiling, I didn’t come here to play with my opponents. I thank my coaches really believe in me and my abilities. Even to come here there was a Cameroonian who is based in Brazil who seemed tipped for this spot, but I proved myself in training.
"I was introduced to boxing by uncle, I was a mason and this is a better way to earn a living. My father has also supported me and he is my strongest supporter. Even this morning while I was training he called me, but I missed his call and he sent me a motivating message."
Jessie Lartey closed out the evening session with an impressive win over the No 4 welterweight seed, Chemseddine Kramou, of Algeria. Lartey, from Ghana, dominated from start to finish, upsetting Kramou's rhythm and lkanding well with the right for a unanimous points decision.
Nafital Goma, of Angola, was announced as a unanimous points decision winner over Nsaka Kapenga, the No 2 welterweight seed from the Democratic Republic of Congo, despite Kapenga seemingly dominating every round. The first round had been reasonably close, but Kapenga was completely dominant in rounds two and three. Yet each of the judges gave the second round to Goma, whose arm was then raised at the end of the bout.
Thabiso Dlamini (Eswatani): "The result shows how close a bout it was. I am a hard worker, prepared well and expected to win, but I have to keep my guards up. I struggled to contain his punches, he’s a hard puncher.
"Swaziland has never qualified a boxer for the Olympics I am hoping to make history here, pave the way. I will keep pushing my way even though sometimes it feels really hard."
A good last round by Freeman Mabvongwe, of Zimbabwe, was not enough to pull things back after Mokhachane Moshoeshoe had dominated the opening two round as the welterweight from Lesotho claimed a unanimous points decision.
Shadiri Bwogi, of Uganda, poached enough of an early lead to ensure that he made the welterweight quarter-finals at the expense of Mesfin Biru Keralah, of Ethiopia. The captain of the Ugandan team, known as The Bombers, did just enough in the first two rounds to impress the judges. Keralah tried to turn things around in the final round, but Bwogi was always in control.
Everisto Mulenga (Zambia): "We were together with the guy at the African Zone 4 championships, for Southern Africa region and at the African Games where I got bronze.
"I had studied his movements, I knew his style and used my experience to get past him today."
Stephen Zimba and Omar Elawady, of Egypt, went hammer and tongs for the full three rounds before the man from Zambia was handed a unanimous points decision. Zimba, 19, got the edge from the judges in the first two rounds, although it was close enough to leave Elwady with a chance to turn things round. But Zimba finished the fresher to get the judges; verdict.
Thabiso Dlamini became the first boxer from Eswatini to reach the quarter-finals in Dakar, as he got the edge in a very tight welterweight bout against Mohamed Konate, of Guinea.
Tefo Maitewa (Botswana): "There was no pressure I just had to relax and do my thing, play easy duck and throw perfect punches. I was in France, Cuba and Hungary and had really good training. We were taught a lot of things that most African boxers are not familiar with.
"We know that it has been a long time since we were at the Olympics (2012), and this team that is made up of many juniors are best placed to make sure Botswana goes back to the Olympics."
Samuel Takyi (Ghana): "I am very confident of what I can offer in the ring here in Dakar. I have a very good coaching team. I knew I would win this fight, actually I am coming here to beat all of them and qualify."
Albert Mengue Ayissi, of Cameroon, needed less than a round to earn his spot in the welterweight quarter-finals, as he produced a massive right hand that dropped Boniface Maina, the No 3 seed from Kenya, to the canvas and force the stoppage. One of the punches of the tournament so far.
Merven Clair, the No 1 welterweight seed from Mauritius, took some time to warm up, but was eventually an impressive unanimous points decision winner over Mmusi Tswiige, from Botswana, who did his best to make it a rough encounter.
Nick Okoth (Kenya): "It wouldn’t have been a slit decision were it not for my mouthguard that kept coming off. I have the experienced, trained very well with coach Benjamin Musa and he kept telling me what I need to do. You saw how hard I pushed hard at the end, some solid punches. It was harder than the start. The coaches talked to me and told me that I need to finish this one strong."
Everisto Mulenga, the No 4 featherweight seed from Zambia, produced a masterclass as he boxed rings around Moroke Mokhotho, a former Olympian from Lesotho. Mulenga, 20, had the ability to step up the pace whenever he wanted, showing some blistering combinations to overwhelm Mokhotho.
The wonderfully names Tryagain Morning Ndevelo, of Namibia is out, after losing the narrowest of split decisions to his fellow 20-year-old, Isaac Masembe, the No 2 seed from Uganda. Ndevelo dominated the opening round, but slowly Masembe's heavier punching began to take its toll. After claiming the second round, the Ugandan edged a very competitive third round
Tefo Maitewa, of Botswana, looks a boxer to keep an eye on after an impressive points win over Felix Mendes Jr, of Guinea- Bissau.
Fikremariyam Yadesa Leta, an 18-year-old from Ethiopia, got reward for nine minutes of all-out attack as he claimed a split points decision over Musa Cham, of Gambia, in their featherweight bout. Leta set a furious pace, which Cham kept up with for nearly the entire three rounds, but there was to be no denying the Ethiopian, who reaches the quarter-finals.
Manuel Pedro Gomes (Angola): "I was smarter than him even though he came strong in the first round. I used my best weapons threw hard punches and ducked a lot and I made him tired. My game is different as I am coming from pro boxing so I was worried if I can adopt, but I was mentally prepared.
"I have competed in multiple events but I was a bit frustrated and turned pro in 2018. See prior to the Olympics in 2012, I was in a good position to qualify but administration problems cost me and I didn’t even compete at the qualifiers. Then in 2016, I was ranked 15th in the world we had logistical problems so our team didn’t go for the qualifiers.
"I couldn’t go to the Olympics that was my dream and wasted time but finally I have the chance here after eight years of waiting. I have a chance to go the Olympics and boost my pro career."
Nick Okoth's dream of attending another Olympics is still alive, although he had to overcome two point deductions before earning a split decision over Mostafa Mohamed Komsan, of Egypt. A loose-fitting gumshield was the cause of most of the Kenyan's woes, but he finished the bout battering the Egyptian against the ropes to make it through to the last eight.
Samuel Takyi made a super fast start top his featherweight bout with Yamikani Mtambo, of Malawi, landing a corking right cross in the opening minute to give Mtambo a standing count. From then on it was pretty much one-way, as the man from Ghana comfortably booked his place in the quarter-finals.
There was an upset over in Ring B, as Pedro Manuel Gomes, of Angola, was a points winner over Oussama Mordjane, of Algeria, the No 3 seed.
Mohamed Hamout, the No 1 featherweight seed from Morocco, looks desperately luck to edge through his encounter with Nkosi Nathan Lunata, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, having been battered around the ring for the entire final round. Hamout won the opening round, but then had a point deducted in the second, giving Lunata a chance. But with a bad swelling under his left eye, Hamout took non-stop stick in the last round, as Lunata battered Hamout back into the ropes and giving him a standing count. Three of the judges scored it 28-28, with Hamout winning on countback, but two judges scored it 29-27 to Hamout, meaning that somehow they gave the final round to the Moroccan, which seemed to defy all logic.
5.55: Packed training session ahead of tonight's action at Dakar Arena
So that's all from a mammoth afternoon session. Starting again at 6pm.
Yusuf Lucasi Changalawe (Tanzania): "The first round I was more like a student. I was weighing him up, studying his moves and then I exploded and exploited his weaknesses in the second and third round. As the Tanzanian champion I am carrying the hopes of the nation here. My success will not just be for me but for the country and the sport of boxing in Tanzania, that needs a positive story.
"This was only my second international competition after competing at a Military championships last year in China. So I am relatively new but confident."
Seyfe Kebede Kasto (Ethiopia): "Ethiopia boxing is on the rise and very popular. We train together in Addis Ababa with my teammates at the Ethiopian Police boxing.
"The secret of our boxers is in the food, the raw meat and the injera. Food is important I come form an area in the Southern part of the country that is rich in fruits, bananas, avocado and mango and I think this good diet helped make me strong. You will see more of me."
Mohamed Assaghir (Morocco): "We were more or less on the same level. The Kenyan was a solid fighter but he lacked solid punches that could land and score. The fight was close only because I felt a bit tired in the legs, but my punches were accurate and just earned me victory."
Rady Gramane (Mozambique): "The scream was out of relief. I was so worried this morning, how will the fight go, what will I do. But I am someone who prays a lot, I prayed and I was calm. I am overjoyed!
"I have had some difficulty in my movements so I wasn’t so confident going into the fight. I train in Maputo in a local boxing school and took silver at the African Games, so I want to better that here."
Khadija Mardi (Morocco): "The first match is always difficult as the tournament progresses I can see myself get even better, and prove my prowess and go back to the Olympics."
Elizabeth Akinyi (Kenya): "For me this is a continuation of a journey that will not end here but in Tokyo. That’s where I want to end the journey.
"I had put pressure on myself that I had to make up for the team after a tough day out in the rings for our boxers. After my road work this morning I felt good, and it was clear with how I controlled the fight from start to end."
Acinda Helena Panguana (Mozambique): "I was in control but it was not so easy. She is someone I didn’t know and I have never seen . But my control and technique helped me get through."
Widad Bertal (Morocco): "My secret was to give a good show and performance here. I am glad I did that and I can now smell the African gold."
Sahkul Samed, of Ghana, was dominant in his light-heavyweight clash with Souleymane Sy, of Senegal. Samed carried too much power for Sy, who was reduced to hanging on at times and the local boxer was deducted a point for holding in the last round. Samed, the No 4 seed, took a wide unanimous points decision in the final bout of the afternoon session.
Yusuf Lucasi Changalawe, a soldier from Tanzania, gained the upper hand early on against Mauricio Martins, of Guinea-Bissau, dominating the first two rounds of their light-heavyweight bout.
Any hope Martins had of turning things around ended in the final round when he appeared to dislocate his shoulder. While he did hear the final bell, he was a clear unanimous points loser.
Pedro Mafisi Cuca, of Angola, turned on the power to earn his quarter-final spot at light-heavyweight, dominating the first round against Joshua Male, of Uganda, and then dropping his opponent with a big right hand in the second round to set up a unanimous points decision.
Finally the light-heavyweights get their chance and there is a barnburner in Ring A, where US-based Mohamadou Gory, of Mali, gave everything in the final round, but it was not enough to deny victory to Seyfe Kebede Kasto, of Ethiopia. Gory was deducted a point in the second round for use of the head, which did not help his cause.
Mohamed Assaghir, of Morocco, had a bit much firepower for Humphrey Ochieng, of Kenya. Ochieng came on strong in the final round and, while Assaghir tired, Assaghir had enough of a lead to hold on for a 4-1 split decision victory.
Elizabeth Andiego, of Kenya, had every reason to feel disappointed after dropping a narrow split points decision to Rady Gramane, of Mozambique, in their middleweight quarter-final, Andiego seemed to get the better of the first two rounds, but Gramane took the third and it proved enough to get the nod from the judges.
Meanwhile, in Ring A, Ichrak Chaib, of Algeria, won every round on the way to a unanimous points decision over Marie-Joel Mwika, of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Emily Nakalema (Uganda): "It was tough, it wasn’t easy. But I am tough! I always believe in me. My background and training.
"You know me I am a fighter. Since I was young I was a fighter. In primary school or secondary schools I was a prefect if I find you making noise or disturbing people I would slap you."
"This is my first time to fight for Uganda and it could be the first time that I take gold for my country."
Ornella Sathoude, who has lived all her life in the United States, but who qualifies for Ghana via her parentage, was just too good for Doreen Nassali, of Uganda, in their middleweight quarter-final, continuously landing with good rights to force a stoppage in the second round.
There was also a win for Morocco's No 1 seed Khadija Mardi, a World Championships bronze medallist, won a tactical affair against Clotilde Essiane, of Cameroon, claiming a unanimous points decision. Mardi held the edge throughout, but Essiane got through with a cracking two-punch combination at the start of the third round, but while she showed quality in spells, the majority of the better work came from Mardi.
Khouloud Ep Moulahi (Tunisia): "That was a tough one but I had had very good prepartions with coach. Again every time I fight, the first round is always so difficult for me, that’s why you saw Ramla had the lead. But I mastered her technique left-right, left-right, and I knew how to finish her in the second and third round.
"I have worked so hard, very hard, that every time I see an opponent I see Tokyo."
Ramla Ali (Somalia): "I’m so disappointed, the fight was crazy. She floored me four times and at some point even punched my chest. She should have had some points deducted."
Another tale of big and small in Ring A, where Elizabeth Akinyi, of Kenya, who made her advantages tell with an excellent last two rounds to wear down Faruza Osuman, of Ghana, who had dominated the opening round of their welterweight encounter. Oumayma Bel Ahbib, the No 1 welterweight seed from Morocco, awaits in the semi-final for a place in Tokyo.
Over in Ring B, it was a bit more straightforward for Acinda Helena Panguana, the No 2 seed from Mozambique, who won every round on all the judges' scorecards against Sedja Sanogo, of Cote d'Ivoire.
Matshu Marcelat Sakobi (DR Congo): "I came here with a secret and extra confidence. And when I saw that I am pitted against the third seed I was not afraid. Because I have been working on the mistakes that cost me a medal at the African championships in Morocco. So I am here to take what I lost at the last African champs."
Keamogetse Sadie Kenosi (Botswana): "That win means I am well prepared and in the best shape. We had decent preparations this time. Two months of intense training in Gaborone, France and Cuba. Cuba was very good. Since the boxers there are more experienced, they are very good with movements and I have improved since then so I know how to keep moving so my opponent can’t catch me."
Oumayma Bel Ahbib, the No 1 welterweight seed from Morocco, kept a step ahead of the aggressive Bernadette Keuye, of Cameroon, boxing on the backfoot in the main to claim a unanimous points decision.
Emily Nakalema, of Uganda, took the action right to Ivanusa Gomes Moreira, the No 3 seed from Cape Verde, in their welterweight quarter-final, closing the gap between the pair and getting plenty of success, especially with her overhand right. Moreira tried hard in the final round but Nakalema tied her up to survive until the final bell for a unanimous points win.
Ramla Ali, of Somalia, had her hands full with Khouloud Ep Moulahi not least because the Tunisian was happy to bend the rules with plenty of wrestling up close to try to counter Ali's height advantage. Ali got a narrow edge from the judges in the first two rounds, but Ep Moulahi threw everything into the final round, finishing strong to have Ali under pressure at the final bell, to snatch the final round and a 4-1 split points decision.
Widad Bertal, of Morocco, showed some neat footwork to pick off Stephane Mambou, of Cameroon. on the backfoot, as Mambou struggled to cut off the ring. Mambou did well in the final round, but Bertal claimed a 4-0 decision on the scorecards, with on judge scoring it a draw.
A real contrast of styles in the first women's featherweight quarter-final as Keamogetse Sadie Kenosi, the No 1 seed from Botswana, has a huge height advantage over Fatima Senouci, of Algeria, and she makes it count in the opening two rounds as she catches the onrushing Senouci at will. The Algerian does better in the third round, getting inside the guard of Kenosi, the the Botswana boxer re-establishes her superiority to book a semi-final spot with a comfortable unanimous points decision.
Over in Ring B, Matshu Marcelat Sakobi, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, came on strong in the final round to secure a split points decision over Marine Fatoumata Camara, of Mali.
Mozambique middleweight Rady Adosinda Gramane has her hands wrapped ahead of her quarter-final
Think of great African boxers at the Olympics and you would do well the find one better than John Mugabi. The Ugandan, who was known as "The Beast" won a silver medal at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, where he recorded knockout wins in his first three bouts. He would later become a world light-middleweight champion as a professional and had an epic war with Marvin Hagler for the world middleweight title. Here he is in the 1980 Olympic welterweight final against Cuba's Andres Aldama.
Possibly the biggest highlight of Day 4, was the men's middleweight clash between David SSemujju, the No 1 seed from Uganda, and Rayton Okwiri, of Kenya. After a close fight, SSemujju got the nod by the narrowest of margins, much to his delight and Okwiri's surprise (below).
1.30: Here is a short film with Khadja Mardi, the Moroccan middleweight, who is in quarter-final action today.
Ramla Ali, the Somalia featherweight, has been on the cover of Vogue and faces her toughest bout today against No 2 seed Khouloud Hlimi Ep Moulahi, from Tunisia.
Bout 74 - Women's Feather (54-57kg) - Quarterfinals
Sadie KENOSI KEAMOGETSE (Botswana) v Fatima Zahra SENOUCI (Algeria)
Bout 75 - Women's Feather (54-57kg) - Quarterfinals
Widad BERTAL (Morocco) v Stephane MAMBOU DORINE (Cameroon)
Bout 76 Women's Welter (64-69kg) - Quarterfinals
Oumayma BEL AHBIB (Morocco) Bernadette KEUYE (Cameroon)
Bout 77 Women's Welter (64-69kg) - Quarterfinals
Faruza OSUMAN (Ghana) v Elizabeth AKINYI (Kenya)
Bout 78 Women's Middle (69-75kg) - Quarterfinals
Khadija MARDI (Morroco) v Clotilde ESSIANE (Cameroon)
Bout 79 - Women's Middle (69-75kg) - Quarterfinals
Ichrak CHAIB (Algeria) v Marie-Joel MWIKA MARIE-JOEL (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Bout 80 - Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg) - Preliminaries
Seyfe KEBEDE KASTO (Ethiopia) v Mohamadou GORY (Mali)
Bout 81 - Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg) - Preliminaries
Yusuf Lucasi CHANGALAWE (Tanzania) v Mauricio Paulo MARTINS (Guinea-Bissau)
Bout 82 Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg) - Preliminaries
Souleymane SY (Senegal) v Shakul SAMED (Ghana)
Bout 83 – Women's Feather (54-57kg) - Quarterfinals
Colette CAMARA MARINE FATOUMATA (Mali) v Marcelat SAKOBI MATSHU (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Bout 84 – Women's Feather (54-57kg) - Quarterfinals
Ramla Said Ahmed ALI (Somalia) v Khouloud HLIMI EP MOULAHI (Tunisia)
Bout 85 - Women's Welter (64-69kg) - Quarterfinals
Ivanusa Gomes MOREIRA (Cape Verde) v Emily Tinah NAKALEMA (Tunisia)
Bout 86 - Women's Welter (64-69kg) - Quarterfinals
Sedja SANOGO (Ivory Coast) v Helena PANGUANA ACINDA (Mozambique)
Bout 87 - Women's Middle (69-75kg) - Quarterfinals
Ornella SATHOUD (Ghana) v Doreen NASSALI (Uganda)
Bout 88 - Women's Middle (69-75kg) - Quarterfinals
Elizabeth Adhiambo ANDIEGO (Kenya) v GRAMANE RADY ADOSINDA (Mozambique)
Bout 89 - Men’s Light-heavyweight Weight (69-75kg) - Preliminaries
Humphrey Odongo OCHIENG (Kenya) v Mohamed ASSAGHIR (Morocco)
Bout 89 - Men’s Light-heavyweight (69-75kg) - Preliminaries
Joshua Arthur MALE (Uganda) v Pedro Mafisi CUCA (Angola)
Bout 91 – Men's Feather (52-57kg) - Preliminaries
Mohamed HAMOUT (Morocco) v Nathan LUNATA NKOSI (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Bout 92 – Men's Feather (52-57kg) - Preliminaries
Samuel TAKYI (Ghana) v Yamikani MTAMBO (Malawi)
Bout 93 - Men's Feather (52-57kg) - Preliminaries
Fikremariyam YADESA LETA (Ethiopia) v Musa CHAM (Gambia)
Bout 94 - Men's Feather (52-57kg) - Preliminaries
Moroke MOKHOTHO (Lesotho) v Everisto MULENGA (Zambia)
Bout 95 - Men's Welter (63-69kg) - Preliminaries
Merven CLAIR (Mauritius) v Mmusi TSWIIGE (Botswana)
Bout 96 - Men's Welter (63-69kg) - Preliminaries
Stephen ZIMBA (Zambia) v Omar ELSAYED RAGAB ELAWADY ELA (Egypt)
Bout 97 - Men's Welter (63-69kg) - Preliminaries
Mokhachane MOSHOESHOE (Lesotho) v Freeman MABVONGWE (Zimbabwe)
Bout 98- Men's Welter (63-69kg) - Preliminaries
Jessie LARTEY (Ghana) v Chemseddine KRAMOU (Algeria)
Bout 99 – Men's Feather (52-57kg) - Preliminaries
Oussama MORDJANE (Algeria) v Pedro Manuel GOMES (Angola)
Bout 100 – Men's Feather (52-57kg) - Preliminaries
Nicholas Okongo OKOTH (Kenya) v Mostafa MOHAMED FAHMI KOMSAN (Egypt)
Bout 101 - Men's Feather (52-57kg) - Preliminaries
Felix MENDES JUNIOR (Guinea-Bissau) v Tefo MAITEWA KESAOTSHEPA (Botswana)
Bout 102 - Men's Feather (52-57kg) - Preliminaries
Tryagain Morning NDEVELO (Namibia) v Isaac MASEMBE (Uganda)
Bout 103 - Men's Welter (63-69kg) - Preliminaries
Mogunde OGUNDE MAINA BONIFACE (Kenya) v Albert MENGUE AYISSI (Cameroon)
Bout 104 - Men's Welter (63-69kg) - Preliminaries
Stephen ZIMBA (Zambia) v Omar ELSAYED RAGAB ELAWADY ELA (Egypt)
Bout 105 - Men's Welter (63-69kg) - Preliminaries
Shadiri BWOGI (Uganda) v Mesfin BIRU KERALAH (Ethiopia)
Bout 106- Men's Welter (63-69kg) - Preliminaries
Nafital Afonso GOMA (Angola) v Idris KAPENGA NSAKA (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
There are 33 places at the Tokyo Olympics available in Dakar – 22 for men and 11 for women.
Any boxer who reaches the final is guaranteed an Olympic place.
In addition, in six male weight categories (flyweight to light-heavyweight) as well as one female division (flyweight) there will be a third qualification spot available. This will be decided by a box-off between the two losing semi-finalists.
There will be one more chance to qualify for Tokyo 2020 at the final world qualifying event in Paris in May.