Boxing Olympic Qualification – Dakar | Day 6 As It Happened

All the action on the Road to Tokyo 2020

Tuesday 25th February, day 6 of the Africa Olympic boxing qualification for Tokyo 2020.

A total of 40 bouts today, all quarter-finals. Here is how it unfolded.

Live Blog - Dakar - Day 6 - Tuesday 25th February 2020

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9.30 PM: On to tomorrow.

Semi-final day tomorrow (Wednesday), the moment of truth. There are 26 bouts tomorrow and every winner is going to Tokyo.

Ahmed Bourous
Ahmed BourousAhmed Bourous
Keddy Agnes
Keddy AgnesKeddy Agnes
Maxime Yegnong Njieyo
Maxime Yegnong NjieyoMaxime Yegnong Njieyo

9.15: Yegnong Njieyo: No jokes

Maxime Yegnong Njieyo (Cameroon): "No jokes here. This was my toughest combat ever. The fight of my career so far. I am feeling a bit happy but not fully the happiness will come after qualification. Since I started boxing in 2014, I was always, No 2 but after 2018 Commonwealth Games I took over. The former Cameroon champ sought asylum in Australia."

9.10: Samed: This was just a warm-up

Shakul Samed (Ghana): "I come from a boxing family. My father, Issah Samir was an Olympian he went to Beijing and my big brother, Bastie was a two-time Olympian after winning the African title twice. So I am just here to follow their footsteps. This was just a warm-up you will see the real fight in the semis."

Albert Mengue Ayissi
Albert Mengue AyissiAlbert Mengue Ayissi

9.05: Mengue Ayissi: Seyi is my idol

Albert Mengue Ayissi (Cameroon): "That scream was to show my happiness and delight at following the footsteps of my idol Wilfred Seyi. We used to train together at the Copa Cabana club in Yaounde. I want to do more than him now. I am the student but now I want to be better than my teacher."

9.05: Zimba: When it caught him, I knew I had finished it

Stephen Zimba (Zambia): "I beat the last African champion. I controlled the fight and I used my game plan. He is a north pole fight and I am south so I had him in my corner and my hardest punch was well positioned. So when I threw the right hook, it caught him in the jaw and I knew I had finished it."

Isaac Masembe
Isaac MasembeIsaac Masembe

9.00: Masembe: I was ready for him

Isaac Masembe (Uganda): "I know the boy is a good puncher but I was ready for him. You know in my hood back home there are a lot of boxing clubs, so I joined boxing to show my friends that what they are doing, I can do too, they are no so different. I want to get gold here and take It home, then the next is the Olympics."

8.55: Takyi: I want to make Ghana proud

Samuel Takyi (Ghana): "I train with the champions. I come from Bukom the area which has produced some of the greatest champions in Ghana’s history. So I’m young only 19 but have been boxing since I was 9, and I want to make Ghana proud by qualifying."

8.50: Bouloudinats through

On to the final bout of the night and Chouaib Bouloudinats, of Algeria,became the only seed at super-heavyweight to make it through to the semi-finals, as as he got reward for his positive work against Anani Kutsuke. of Ghana, taking control early on and giving Kutsuke a standing count in the first round. From then on, he give Kutsuke very few openings, running out a unanimous points winner.

8.40: Agnes endures

It took Jeamie Tsikeva Kimbembi, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, two-and-a-half rounds to find his range against Keddy Agnes, of the Seychelles. But it was a case of too little, too late for the No 3 super-heavyweight seed, who is based in London, as Agnes claimed a 3-2 split points decision to move to within one win of a place at Tokyo.

Fredrick Ramogi, the No 4 seed at super-heavyweight, also fell, as he ran out of energy in the last round against Ahmed Bourous, of Morocco, who claimed a win on points.

Jessie Lartey
Jessie LarteyJessie Lartey

8.25: Lartey: I am ready for the Olympics

Jessie Lartey (Ghana): "We have four Ghanaians qualified for the semi finals so far, it means the best of Africa is coming back to bring more exciting boxing at the top level. My movement and punches were on point today. I have improved since Cameroon when I lost in the preliminaries of the Olympic qualifiers. My game has improved and ready for the big club, Olympics."

7.25: Egypt's super-heavyweight hope cut down to size

Yousry Mostafa Hafez, Egypt's No 1 super-heavyweight seed, struggled from the outset to deal with the non-stop aggression of Maxime Yegnong Njieyo, of Cameroon, as the tall Egyptian was chased around the ring for most of their bout. Yegnong Njieyo landed time and again in the first two rounds, although he was deducted a point for punching with the inside of the glove, while Mostafa Hafez was docked a point for holding. Mostafa Hafez found some energy to do better in the third round, but Yegnong Njieyo got the verdict by a 3-2 split decision.

In the final light-heavyweight bout, Mohammed Houmri, of Algeria, was a comfortable points winner over Pedro Cuca, of Angola.

8.10: Mulenga: I want to be a soldier

Everisto Mulenga (Zambia): "I have been boxing since I was six. My father, who was a boxer, introduced me to boxing. I have one young brother who also boxes. I want to qualify because if I do they might sign me into the Forces. I want to be a soldier."

8.05: Assaghir wins thriller

There was very little guile but a lot of effort in the light-heavyweight encounter between Mohammed Assaghir, of Morocco, and Peter Pita Kabeji, of the Democratic Republic of Congo.The pair went at it hammer and tongs for the full three rounds, with Assaghir getting the nod on a split points decision. His reward is a semi-final tomorrow.

Shakul Samed, of Ghana, carried too much power foe Yusuf Changalawe, of Tanzania. Changalawe came forward throughout, but Samed picked his shots better, forcing standing counts in the first and second rounds on the way to a unanimous points decision.

7.55 Bwogi through

One result to catch up on. In the final welterweight encounter, Shadiri Bwogi, of Uganda, won a unanimous points decision over Nafital Goma, of Angola.

7.50: Abdel Gawwad in charge

Egypt's Abdelrahman Abdel Gawwad, the No 1 light-heavyweight seed, had too much for Seyfe Kasto, although he was never able to stop the Ethiopian from coming forward. Kasto was given a standing count in the second round, although Abdel Gawwad was also deducted a point for slapping. In the third round, Kasto looked exhausted but kept going, but Abdel Gawwad claimed a clear points victory.

A delighted Nick Okoth
A delighted Nick OkothA delighted Nick Okoth

7.45: Oktoh: They call me the commander

Nick Okoth (Kenya): "This is why they call me commander! I am corporal Okoth in the Kenya Armed Forces but in the ring I am the commander and you can see why. I have been here for sometime and I know I’m one of the veterans but this is my best and last chance to qualify for the Olympics."

7.40: Sidibe: I am ready for the fight of my life

Mariam Sidibe (Cote d'Ivoire): "I’m done with this and now I am ready for the fight of my life. Six months ago, I didn’t imagine that I would be here fighting for Cote d’Ivoire. I just got the clearance and invitation to fight for the country of my origin and I now want to carry the flag to the Olympics. I am the two-time French champion in the 64kg and just a week ago I won the French championship in the 60kg."

7.35: Mengue Ayissi impresses

Albert Mengue Ayissi, of Cameroon, looks another impressive boxer and had too much of everything for Thabiso Dlamini, of Eswatani. Mengue Ayissi has heavy hand and an impressive array of punches and won every round on all the judges' cards.

Meanwhile, also at welterweight, Jessie Lartey, of Ghana, was a unanimous points decision winner over Mokhachane Moshoeshoe, of Lesotho. Lartey controlled the first two rounds and played safe in the last as Moshoeshoe tried to catch him.

Naomie Yumba is chaired from the ring
Naomie Yumba is chaired from the ringNaomie Yumba is chaired from the ring

7.30: Yumba: My mind is to be champion of the world

Naomie Yumba (DR Congo): "I came here fresh from a big victory in Congo. I won an African continental professional fight last January which was a good test for this qualifiers. My mind is to be a champion of the world."

7.15: Zimba bombs out Clair

How good are the Zambians? Stephen Zimba, the 19-year-old, produced possibly the punch of the tournament so far and perhaps the biggest shock too as he flattened Mervin Clair, the African champion and No 1 welterweight seed, with a huge right in the second round.

Zimba's aggression had won the first round for four of the five judges, but as he chased after Clair in round two, Zimba landed with a big roundhouse right that dropped Clair heavily. As he rose off the canvas, the referee waved the bout off, despite Clair's protests.

7.10: Masembe and Mulenga through

Isaac Masembe, the No 2 featherweight seed from Uganda, won a wild and open clash against Kesaotshepa Tefo Maitewa. It was close stuff, but Masembe landed the better shots in the second and third rounds to be a worth winner by a unanimous decision.

Also through at featherweight is another talented Zambian, Everisto Mulenga, the No 4 seed, who was too busy for Fikremariyam Yadesa Leta, of Ethiopia, winning a unanimous points decision.

Mariem Homrani Ep Zayani
Mariem Homrani Ep ZayaniMariem Homrani Ep Zayani

7.05: Ep Zayani: I am here for gold

Mariem Homrani Ep Zayani (Tunisia): "The Canadian-based boxer was very good, intelligent but I am more experienced. I have fought all over the world. At World championships. I was the 2014 Africa Champion and in 2016 I just missed Rio because I took bronze at the qualifiers in Cameroon. Not this time. I am here for the gold."

Imane Khelif
Imane KhelifImane Khelif

7.00: Khelif: People tell me I move like a man in the ring

Iman Khelif (Algeria): "I thought that it would be a very difficult bout but I had it. A lot of people tell me I look like a man, box and move like a man in the ring. Obviously my physicality too makes them think so but mainly it’s my technique. You see I come from Tiaret, and there are no girls who do boxing so I end up training with men a lot and I think this has really helped me a lot with my technique."

6.55: Okoth close to Olympic return

Nick Okoth, who is only a few days short of his 37th birthday, is now only one win away from a return to the Olympic Games, 12 years after he boxed in Beijing. The Kenyan boxed on the move throughout as he picked off the onrushing Pedro Gomes, of Angola, in their featherweight bout, winning a unanimous points decision.

6.50: Brilliant Takyi beat No 1 seed

After getting a lucky decision after a torrid bout on Monday (against Nkosi Lunata), Mohamed Hamout, the No 1 featherweight seed from Morocco, brought his bruises to the ring, as he looked at the first bell like a man who had already had a tough ten rounds. The speedy hands of Samuel Takyi, a 19-year-old from Ghana, was probably the last man he wanted to face and after losing the first round to Takyi, Hamout was forced to try and drag Takyi into a slugging match in round two, with only limited success.

With three judges having Takyi two rounds up, Hamout had to go for a knockout, only for Takyi to be deducted a point for use of the head. Moments later it was Hamout being deducted a point as both went nose-to-nose in a thrilling conclusion. Takyi got the verdict, though, by a unanimous decision and climbed on the ring post in celebration.

6.40: Yumba dominant

Therese Naomie Yumba, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was too big and sharp for Chaymae Rhaddi, of Morocco, although a 3-2 split decision was the minimum she deserved. Rhaddi won the first round, but then Yumba took complete control, even though one judge inexplicably gave the Moroccan all three rounds.

Action was little and far between in the lightweight bout between Mariam Sidibe, of Cote D'Ivoire, and Everline Oloo, of Kenya. Sidibe spent the first two rounds on the backfoot, almost running away, meaning Oloo had to work hard to try and get close. It wasn''t until the final round that Sidibe opened up, by which time she was already comfortably in front. She went on to claim a rather dull unanimous decision.

6.20: Chestnut falls

Back underway and there is already controversy in Ring B, where Deedra Chestnut, of Sierra Leone, who is based in Canada and trained in Ireland, is on the floor in round one of her lightweight quarter-final against Mariem Ep Zayani, of Tunisia. But after the count, Zayani has a point deducted because the knockdown (from a massive left hook) comes after the referee had ordered her to stop boxing. But Zayani is well on top and has impressive power. Two minutes into the second round, a big right produces a standing count and another clean shot on the bell means a third count as Zayani is in complete control. One more count, with just seconds remaining, means Zayani gets a stoppage win.

Over in Ring A, there is a shock as Aratwa Kasemang, the No 1 lightweight seed, is out, following a very clever display by Imane Khelif, of Algeria. Kasemang tried to land her big right throughout, but Khelif, boxing off the backfoot, gives her nothing to aim at and lands well with the check hook to win a unanimous points decision.

6.00 The bottle flip challenge

This is how some of the teams keep busy during the break. It will never catch on!

5.55: Can a football background help this Ugandan make it to Tokyo 2020?

If you need something to watch between bouts, check out the story of Uganda's Emily Nakalema, who believes a background in football will help her book a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The former school prefect will compete again on Wednesday.

"You cannot win against me" - The school prefect who became a star boxer

5.50: Moussa: I am ready for the Olympics

Youssef Ali Karrar Ali Moussa (Egypt): "This is the first year that I am going to be fighting all through as a senior. I am only 19, but after the African Games where I got bronze I knew I was ready for the big Olympics. I was in the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires and I finished fifth. The Senegalese is a good fighter and he gave me a good test as I look ahead."

Abdelhafid Benchabla
Abdelhafid BenchablaAbdelhafid Benchabla

5.45: Benchabla: I've been waiting for this

Abdelhafid Benchabla (Algeria): "I’m just a little tired, you know I have been in Dakar for nine days no spurring, no hard punching waiting for this fight. So I didn’t give all my effort for this just a little bit of punching."

5.40: Ochola: I'm ready and waiting

Elly Ochola (Kenya): "The Congolese was tough because he is the type who keeps changing his legs. He really confused me with that and then he is also strong, so he really tested my movements. Next up is the Algerian who I have watched fighting many times, but I’m here ready and waiting."

5.25: Tshama: My joints were still tired

David Tshama (DR Congo): "It was fast one, and you know my joints were still tired from yesterday. I know the coaches would want more precision in my next fight, land more punches and that’s what we have to fix for now for the semis."

5.20: Nemouchi: I commanded the ring

Younes Nemouchi (Algeria): "What I liked most about this bout is that I was able to play my kind of boxing. I commanded the ring, moved as much as I can but not as much as I wished. I dropped my guard a lot more and was good with dodging his punches. If you look at the semi finalists now they are very good boxers African medallists. I don’t know much about the Ugandan but I know what I would like to do against him, be more dynamic and move even more."

5.15: Tetteh: I'm determined to go back to the Olympics

Sulemanu Tetteh (Ghana): "I am not surprised by this win. I knew I would beat him as I am determined to go back to the Olympics after sadly missing out in 2016. I was in London and I want to go back. I have to go there."

Abdelhaq Nadir
Abdelhaq NadirAbdelhaq Nadir

5.10: Nadir: I had the Olympic tattoo done in 2016

Abdelhaq Nadir (Morocco), has the Olympic rings already tattooed on his arm: "I had this tattoo done in 2016 because I hoped I would go to Rio but I didn’t go. Now am here as the African champion making the way to Tokyo."

Wilfred Seyi Ntsengue
Wilfred Seyi NtsengueWilfred Seyi Ntsengue

5.05: Seyi Ntsengue: I can do better

Wilfred Seyi Ntsengue (Cameroon): "Physically it was a very difficult bout as I fought hard yesterday and so I didn’t have enough recovery time. I can do better than what I put on today. I am not here just for a medal, I have worked so hard, very hard. Here I will only be content with gold."

Abdul Wahid Omar: From chicken seller to Tokyo 2020 hopeful

Abdul Wahid Omar: From chicken seller to Tokyo 2020 hopeful

5.0: Ssemujju: I want to knock out the next one

David Ssemujju (Uganda): "This was bout was npt tough, the guy that I fought first was tough. But you know I have an African silver medal so I know what to do. I am a believer and everything I leave to God now , now I just need to go and work on my speed because I want to knock out the next one early in the fight."

Richarno Colin
Richarno ColinRicharno Colin

4.55: Colin: I just need to focus on myself

Richarno Colin (Mauritius): "This was a better fight than yesterday, but it was not the best fight for me. I just tried to focus on qualifying and focus on the goal. I don’t know much about the guys I am fighting next, but doesn’t bother me I don’t need to know them just focus on my game."

Jonas Jonas
Jonas JonasJonas Jonas

4.50: Jonas: The real test is ahead

Jonas Jonas (Namibia): "This was a rematch, we have met before and I beat him. I felt like this was a just a test for me, the real test is waiting for me ahead. I was just focused on him not landing any punches."

That's the end of the afternoon session, but there is plenty of stuff to catch up from the mixed zone before the action begins again at 6pm.

In the meantime, check out this celebration.

4.45: Moussa and Baala through

Youssef Ali Karar Ali Moussa, of Egypt, earned a spot in the semi-finals at heavyweight, boxing mostly on the backfoot to frustrate Karamba Kebe, of Senegal, ending any hopes the home nation had of having a boxer qualify for the Olympics. Kebe was just a bit naive, chasing after Moussa and leaving himself too open. Moussa claimed a clear unanimous points decision.

In the final bout of the session, the last semi-final place at heavyweight went to Youness Baala, of Morocco, got the better of the Swedish-based Ugandan Alex Bwambale. Baala was just a bit more accurate to earn a comfortable points victory in a bout of few highlights.

4.35: Mulumba: He was spoiling for a fight

Fiston Mulumba (DR Congo): "This guy was spoiling for a fight, but I didn’t want a hard combat at this stage because I have more fights ahead. So what I did was a technical show to contain him. You know Congo has never won a medal at the Olympics but this could change if I go there. I am determined."

4.30: Charge of the Buffalo is over

It was the end of the road for Maroy Sadiki, the experienced professional known as The Buffalo from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who found Elly Ochola, of Kenya, a bit too smart and mobile for him. Sadiki sees himself as a knockout specialist but it took until late in the third round for Sadiki to land a heavy shot, as Ochola claimed a 3-2 split points decision.

4.20 Benchabla on track

If there is anyone with unfinished business in Dakar it is Abdelhafid Benchabla, the heavyweight from Algeria, who has boxed at three Olympic Games, losing easy time in the quarter-final, agonisingly one win away from a guaranteed medal.

He has his hands full in yesterday's semi-final against Ibrahima Barry, of Guinea, who had some success with his right hand, but was simply outworked by Benchabla, who moved and jabbed and kept Barry under constant pressure to earn a unanimous points victory.

4.15: Seyi-Ntsengue looks a class act

Can anyone stop Wilfred Seyi-Ntsengue? I seriously doubt it. The Cameroonian, who is now an unbeaten professional based in Montreal, had much too much for Raul Obama Mangue, the No 3 middleweight seed from Equatorial Guinea, who made it competitive but was outgunned throughout. Seyi-Ntsengue has every punch in the book and a wonderfully solid style. He could challenge for medals in Tokyo.

Next up he will face David Tshama Mwekekabwe, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was was on top throughout against Arena Pakela, of Lesotho, to secure a unanimous points decision.

Rounding off the middleweight action, Younes Nemouchi, of Algeria, continued his fine form as he stopped Jean-Luc Rosalba, of Mauritius, in the third round. Rosalba was having his first bout, having reached the quarter-finals via a bye and a walkover. Nemouchi will face David Ssemujju, the No 1 seed from Uganda, in what is an interesting semi-final.

4.00: Ssemujju impresses

David Ssemujju, the No 1 middleweight seed from Uganda looked fortunate to win his opening bout against Rayton Okwiri, but there was nothing fortunate about the way he handed out a pounding to Amrani Ezzerrifi, of Morocco, who was retired by his corner in the third round. Ezzerrifi had some success in the opening round, which then counted for nothing as he was deducted a point for punching with the inside of the glove.

Ssemujju stepped up a gear in round two, however, landing continuously to head and body for more than a minute. Remarkably the referee did not issue a standing count and it was only when Ezzerrifi began to flag in the third round that the referee stepped in. Soon after that, Ezzerrifi intervened with the towel.

Catherine Nanziri
Catherine NanziriCatherine Nanziri

3.45: Nanziri: This is my fourth fight

Catherine Nanziri (Uganda) : "It was hard fighting the home favourite. Pressure was high one me. My history isn’t much because this is my fourth fight. It’s two years now since I started boxing, I just finished my form six [High School] then. I chose boxing because I wanted to be unique. But I really wanted to win this fight. This fight could take me to another level."

3.40: Jonas dazzles

The journey is over, for now at least, for Abdul Wahid Omar, the 2016 Olympian from Ghana, who got the edge in the first round but was then dominated by the very impressive Jonas Jonas, of Namibia. Jonas switched on in round two and was just a class apart, landing with repeated combinations in the third round to guarantee a unanimous points victory.

Richarno Colin, the No 2 seed from Mauritius, is another experienced boxer looking the part, as he proved far too good for Yahia Abdelli, of Algeria, winning a unanimous points decision to set up an interesting semi-final against Fiston Mulumba.

3.30: Timare: Sometimes you win...

Khadidja Timare (Senegal): "It was a bad experience. But it’s life sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. What you take away is the experience and learning from this. I’m glad I was here even though I lost. What next for me I will continue with my legal investment business and I will continue to do what I am doing, I’m going to continue to fight, I need to take time to accept this but life is a journey."

3.30: Ongare: I dreamed of this

Christine Ongare (Kenya): "I dreamed of this, I know with amateur you don’t train for the person you are going to meet, you train for all and any kind of opponents. My focus is not here, I am just passing through I want to make history. I just started boxing as a joke but it’s just last year that I learnt than an uncle boxed so it could be in our blood."

Mohamed Flissi
Mohamed FlissiMohamed Flissi

3.25: Flissi: Experience counted

Mohamed Flissi (Algeria): "I didn’t know this guy. So what counted for me today was the experience. I put all my efforts and tactics to win this as you know my main objective here is to go to my third Olympics. I come in as the favourite here, which is not bad. Why not go to Tokyo as Africa’s best and favourite?

3.20: Nadir on top

Progress through to the semi-final was smooth for Abdelhaq Nadir, the No 1 lightweight seed from Morocco and reigning African champion, who took charge of his bout with Qhobosheane Mohlerepe, of Lesotho, in the first round and never let go. Things went even better in the second round, as a huge right hand from Nadir resulted in Mohlerepe taking a standing count and Nadir coasted through the final round to claim a unanimous points decision.

Things haven't gone the way of a couple of boxers from the Democratic Republic of Congo here, but Fiston Mulumba, the No 3 lightweight seed, boxed behind a high guard and was seldom bothered by Brendon Denes, of Zimbabwe, Mulumba winning a unanimous points decision.

3.10: Outstanding Chinyemba

Patrick Chinyemba has been one of the standout boxers in this tournament. The young Zambian moved into the semi-finals with a points win over Dawit Bekele Wibshet, the No 4 seed from Ethiopia, despite Wibshet winning the first round on all the cards. Chinyemba remained positive, though, moving in and out of range and peppering Wibshet with punches to claim round two.

At the start of round three, Chinyemba lands a right and and a left hook, but Wibshet rides it out. Chinyemba keeps the pressure on, though, ans turns it round on the scorecards, winning it unanimously, 29-28 on every card.

Mohamed Flissi moved a step closer to his third Olympic Games, using his experience to outmanoeuvre the promising Nestor Thomas, of Namibia. The Algerian pinched an early lead and then frustrated Thomas to claim a unanimous points decision.

2.55: Mahommed beaten

Over to the men's flyweights and a razor-tight match in Ring A ends in a split decision victory for Juliano Maquina, of Mozambique, at the expense of the No 1 seed, Rajab Mahommed, of Botswana. Mahommed piles on the pressure in the last round, by Maquina forces the upset.

It is more straightforward in Ring B, as Tetteh Sulemanu, of Ghana, dominates Ndaezinhle Phiri, of Zimbabwe. Phiri tried for take the action to Sulemanu, but he was totally outgunned, Sulemanu claiming a unanimous points decision.

2.45: Cheddar: She was hard to contain

Rabab Cheddar (Morocco): "She was not an easy person to contain in the ring but I know her well. On the way to winning gold at the last African Games at home, I boxed her. My plan here is to realize my dream - get the gold and go to the Olympics. My first Olympics."

Khadidja Timera is popular in the mixed zone despite her defeat
Khadidja Timera is popular in the mixed zone despite her defeatKhadidja Timera is popular in the mixed zone despite her defeat
Roumaysa Boualam
Roumaysa BoualamRoumaysa Boualam

2.40: Boualem: Experience helps me

Roumaysa Boualam (Algeria): "I was at the World Championships in Russia and reached the quarter finals so I believe that experience and the training back home, should help me here. She is a good boxer, normal I didn’t know her so I went in blindly but it worked."

2.35 Nanziri dashes home hopes

The hopes of the host nation today rest on Khadidja Timera and heavyweight Karamba Kebe if Senegal is going to get a boxer to Tokyo. But things do not start well for Timera in her flyweight clash, as Uganda's Catherine Nanziri flies across the ring at the start of the first round and lands two solid right hands. Timera, who has a big height advantage, has a bit more success in the second round, but is again caught with her hands down with a right cross that Nanziri looks to be throwing from a long way back. There is a big effort from Timera in the third, but Nanziri has enough in hand to ensure she wins by a split points decision.

In Ring B, Christine Ongare, of Kenya, looks harmless enough, but boxes like Dwight Muhammad Qawi, for all you fans of 1980s American light-heavyweights. She started aggressively and got results against Modestine Munga Zalia, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, as Ongare bullied the No 2 seed, even giving her a standing count in the second round. The Kenyan wins a unanimous points decision.

At flyweight, three of the four semi-finalists will qualify for Tokyo.

2.20 Seeds advance

Benilde Macringue is putting a lot into it, but Rabab Cheddar is in command. Likewise Roumaysa Boualam has things in hand as we go into round three and is happy to back off as Lethabo Bodukanele chases after her. It is a unanimous points win for Boualam, though.

Macringue is having some success in the third round, landing two big rights, but Cheddar, who seems to be tiring, has the first two rounds in the bank. At the final bell, Cheddar raises her hands and victory on points is soon confirmed.

2.05: Fast start

Action gets underway and it is fast and furious in two women's flyweight quarter-finals. In Ring A, Roumaysa Boualam, the No 1 seed from Algeria, is trying to strongarm Lethabo Bodukanele, of Botswana, while Rabab Cheddar, the No 3 seed from Morocco, starts fast to get the first round on all the judges' card against Benilde Macringue, of Mozambique.

1.20 Izon v Tua 1

As an early treat, here is a clash from Barcelona in 1992 between Nigeria's David Izonritei and New Zealand's David Tua. They would clash later as professionals when the Nigerian had moved to the United States and dropped the "ritei" bit from his name and Tua would gain revenge.

1.15 Crunch time

It's quarter-finals day in Dakar. Anyone who wins today will be boxing for a place in Tokyo on Wednesday a life-changing moment for many. All the men's divisions are in action today as well as two women's divisions. The afternoon session is live from 2pm (UTC).

12:50 - Live Show Coming Later

As well as watching all the action from Dakar on Olympic Channel, we've also got the first of our special live shows later today.

From 17:50 UTC/GMT, presenter Rahul Pathak and special guest Nicola Adams will be on air, previewing and reviewing the best of the action.

One not to miss!

Olympic Channel Live Show Promo Image - Dakar Boxing Qualifier - Rahul Pathak and Nicola Adams
Olympic Channel Live Show Promo Image - Dakar Boxing Qualifier - Rahul Pathak and Nicola AdamsOlympic Channel Live Show Promo Image - Dakar Boxing Qualifier - Rahul Pathak and Nicola Adams

12:30 - Ready to Go?

We're just 90 minutes away from the start of the Day 6 action.

What's on the schedule for Tuesday?

Find out right here:

Day 6 Schedule - Ring A - 14:00 (UTC/GMT) - Quarter-finals

1) Women's Fly (48-51kg)

Roumaysa Boualam (Algeria) v Lethabo Bokamoso Modukanele (Botswana)

2) Women's Fly (48-51kg)

Khadidja Timera (Senegal) v Catherine Nanziri (Uganda)

3) Men's Fly (48-52kg)

Rajab Otukile Mahommed (Botswana) v Juliano Fernando Gento Maquina (Mozambique)

4) Men's Fly (48-52kg)

Patrick Chinyemba (Zambia) v Dawit Bekele Wibshet (Ethiopia)

5) Men's Light (57-63kg)

Abdelhaq Nadir (Morocco) v Qhobosheane Mohlerepe (Lesotho)

6) Men's Light (57-63kg)

Abdul Wahid Omar (Ghana) v Jonas Jonas (Namibia)

7) Men's Middle (69-75kg)

Kavuma David Ssemujju (Uganda) v Ezzerrifi Armani Anas (Morocco)

8) Men's Middle (69-75kg)

Jean Luc David Rosalba (Mauritius) v Younes Nemouchi (Algeria)

9) Men's Heavy (81-91kg)

Abdelhafid Benchabla (Algeria) v Ibrahima Sory Barry (Guinea)

10) Men's Heavy (81-91kg)

Karamba Kebe (Senegal) v Youssef Ali Karar Ali Moussa (Egypt)

Abdul Wahid Omar: From chicken seller to Tokyo 2020 hopeful

Abdul Wahid Omar: From chicken seller to Tokyo 2020 hopeful

Day 6 Schedule - Ring B - 14:00 (UTC/GMT) - Quarter-finals

1) Women's Fly (48-51kg)

Rabab Cheddar (Morocco) v Macringue Benilde Regina Fernando (Mozambique)

2) Women's Fly (48-51kg)

Christine Ongare (Kenya) v Modestine Munga Zalia (Congo)

3) Men's Fly (48-52kg)

Tetteh Sulemanu (Ghana) v Petros Nbadezinhle Phiri (Zimbabwe)

4) Men's Fly ( 48-52kg)

Thomas Nestor Nashihanga Mekondj (Namibia) v Mohamed Flissi (Algeria)

5) Men's Light (57-63kg)

Fiston Mbaya (Congo) v Brendon Denes (Zimbabwe)

6) Men's Light (57-63kg)

Abdelli Yahia (Algeria) v Richarno Colin (Mauritius)

7) Men's Middle (69-75kg)

Raul Abaga Obama Mangue (Equatorial Guinea) v Dieudonne Wilfred Seyi Ntsengue (Cameroon)

8) Men's Middle (69-75kg)

Arena Pakela (Lesotho) v David Mwenekabwe (Congo)

9) Men's Heavy (81-91kg)

Elly Ochola (Kenya) v Maroy Sakiki (Congo)

10) Men's Heavy (81-91kg)

Alex Bwambale (Uganda) v Youness Baalla (Morocco)

Mohamed Flissi: How we plan to make Algerian boxing proud

Mohamed Flissi: How we plan to make Algerian boxing proud

Day 6 Schedule - Ring A - 18:00 (UTC/GMT) - Quarter-finals

1) Women's Light (57-60kg)

Aratwa Francinah Kasemang (Botswana) v Imane Khelif (Algeria)

2) Women's Light (57-60kg)

Mariam Sidibe (Cote d'Ivoire) v Everline Akinyi Oloo (Kenya)

3) Men's Feather (52-57kg)

Mohamed Hamout (Morocco) v Samuel Takyi (Ghana)

4) Men's Feather (52-57kg)

Fikremariyam Yadesa Leta (Ethiopia) v Everisto Mulenga (Zambia)

5) Men's Welter (63-69kg)

Merven Clair (Mauritius) v Stephen Zimba (Zambia)

6) Men's Welter (63-69kg)

Mokhachane Moshoeshoe (Lesotho) v Jessie Lartey (Ghana)

7) Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg)

Abdelrahman Oraby (Egypt) v Seyfe Kebede Kasto (Ethiopia)

8) Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg)

Yusuf Lucasi Changalawe (Tanzania) v Samed Shakul (Ghana)

9) Men's Super Heavy (+91kg)

Yousry Rezk Mostafa Hafez (Egypt) v Maxime Yegnong Njieyo (Cameroon)

10) Men's Super Heavy (+91kg)

Ahmed Bourous (Morocco) v Frederick Otieno Ramogi (Kenya)

Day 6 Schedule - Ring B - 18:00 (UTC/GMT) - Quarter-finals

1) Women's Light (57-60kg)

Deedra Arvella Chestnut (Sierra Leone) v Mariem Homrani Ep Zayani (Tunisia)

2) Women's Light (57-60kg)

Chaymae Rhaddi (Morocco) v Naomie Yumba Therese (Cote d'Ivoire)

3) Men's Feather (52-57kg)

Pedro Manuel Gomes (Angola) v Nicholas Okongo Okoth (Kenya)

4) Men's Feather (52-57kg)

Tefo Maitewa (Botswana) v Isaac Masembe (Uganda)

5) Men's Welter (63-69kg)

Albert Mengue Ayissi (Cameroon) v Thabiso Dlamini (Eswatini)

6) Men's Welter (63-69kg)

Shadiri Bwofi (Uganda) v Nafital Afonso Goma (Angola)

7) Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg)

Peter Pita Kabeji (Cote d'Ivoire) v Mohamed Assaghir (Morocco)

8) Men's Light Heavy (75-81kg)

Pefro Mafisi Cuca (Angola) v Mohammed Houmri (Algeria)

9) Men's Super Heavy (+91kg)

Jeamie Tshikeva Kimbembe (Cote d'Ivoire) v Keddy Evans Agnes (Seychelles)

10) Men's Super Heavy (+91kg)

Anani Kutsuke (Ghana) v Chouaib Bouloudinats (Algeria)

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