National boxing team commander Nick Okoth progressed to the quarter finals of the featherweight category qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games on Monday night.
Okoth vanquished Egyptian Mostafa Mohamed, winning on points at the Africa Boxing Olympic Qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal.
“It wouldn’t have been a split decision were it not for my mouthguard that kept coming off. You saw how hard I pushed at the end; some solid punches. It was harder than the start. The coaches had told me that I needed to finish this one strong,” Okoth said.
Africa Games bronze medallist Boniface Mugunde was eliminated in the welterweight category by Mengue Ayissi of Cameroon in a first round stoppage. Humphrey Ochieng was also bundled out in the preliminaries of ligh-theavy contest after losing to Mohamed Assaghir of Morocco.
Elizabeth Akinyi progressed to the semi-finals of the welterweight contest after hitting Ghanaian Faruza Osuman to grab unanimous points from judges. Elizabeth Andiego was thrown out in the quarterfinals after losing in the middleweight duel to Randy Gramane of Mozambique.