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Continental Rating Earns Agu-Ogoke Semi-final Slot In Boxing

Posted: Sep 11, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A national female boxer,  EdithAgu-Ogoke, who would be fighting in 75 kg class of the ongoing All Africa Games, has qualified for the semi-final Brazzaville on account of her continental rating, an official said.

Although Chief Coach, Tony Konyegwachie, did not disclose Agu-Ogoke’s  rating, but to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the boxer had drawn a bye into the semis.

Agu-Ogoke, a corporal in the Nigerian Army, represented the country at the 2012 London Olympics, where she reached the quarter-final, having been stopped by Russian Nadezda Torlopova.

She later went on to win a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Agu-Ogoke, told NAN that she was optimistic of winning gold medal at the event. “I am here for the gold and I know I can do it. I believe in my ability.

Meanwhile, Konyegwachie, has attributed the early exit of five Nigerian boxers to the newly introduced rules into the sport.

Five of the 10 boxers fielded by Team Nigeria have since crashed out the Games, because of the application of new rules.

According the new rules, any cuts sustained on the face, results in automatic stoppage of a bout and the fight awarded to the opponent.

Konyegwachie said that it was sad that his boxers lost merely on technical grounds.

The coach said he was, however, optimistic that the remaining boxers would be up to it.

Konyegwachie also said the absence of Nigerian technical officials at the Games was also to blame for the country’s troubles at the boxing event.

He said that the absence of our own Nigerian’s officials in the boxing event means that no Nigerian is involved in the politics of the game.

“This boils down to the fact that we have no top referee or officials in the continental body,” Konyegwachie said.

“I am not too happy that my boxers failed to progress in their fights because three of them, who were leading during their bouts sustained injuries.