Two Kenyan pugilists bow out of Rio Olympics


By KBC Reporter

Commonwealth games Bronze medalist Benson Gicharu was bundled out of the ongoing Rio Olympic games after losing to Mongolian Tsendbaatar Erdenebat in their Bantam weight bout at the Riocentro pavilion in Brazil.

The Mongolian’s quick start knocked off Gicharu who was hoping to use his experience from London and the AIBA Professional Boxing round, to get past the preliminaries where he had also failed in 2012.

Erdenebat’s neat punches earned him a 29-28, 30-26 and 29-28 score from judges.

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The outcome of the fight lowered spirits within the Kenyan camp following Peter Warui Mungai’s exit earlier in the day after losing to Cuban Joahnys Argilagos in a light flyweight bout.

Cuban world number one Joahnys Argilagos won the bout by unanimous decision and Mungai had no complaint at the end of the quarter-finals bout at the Riocentro Pavilion.

The results read 30-27, 30-27, 30-26 in favour of the Cuban. The 19-year-old Cuban star and world champion had Kenya’s Peter Warui running around in circles on the way to a unanimous points decision.

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Argilagos displayed the full array of his electric footwork, at one point ducking a Warui haymaker, whose momentum took him tumbling into the ropes.

Kenya’s medal hope in Boxing now rests on Raytwon Okwiri who will take on reigning world champion Mohammed Rabii of Morocco.

Okwiri defeated Russian Andrey Zamkovoy by a single point after the three rounds bout ended 2-1 in favour of the Kenyan who scored a total of 86 points, one more than the Russian.

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Okwiri will now face Moroccan Mohammed Rabii in the round of 16 on Thursday as he seeks to win a medal in Brazil.

Okwiri lost the first round to the London 2012 bronze medalist but the 30 year old won the second round and the match had to be decided in the third and final round.

That round saw Okwiri narrowly edge his opponent and booked his place in the last 16.





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