Boxing: Okwiri through to quarters in Africa qualifiers

Written By: Bernard Okumu

Kenyan pugilist Rayton Okwiri enhanced his chances of booking a ticket in this year’s Olympic Games after he qualified for the quarter-finals of the middleweight category in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic boxing qualifiers that got underway Thursday in Dakar, Senegal.

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Okwiri, who is the Africa Boxing Union professional middleweight champion, defeated Emhemed Elmagasbi of Libya on points to qualify for the quarter-finals.

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Okwiri will face Kavuma David Ssemujju, of Uganda this Sunday in the quarter-finals as he seeks to return to the Olympic Games.

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Okwiri was eliminated in the last 16 of the welterweight category during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.  

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The 2020 Olympic games will be held between the 24th July and 9th of August in Tokyo, Japan.

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