Black Bombers face uphill battle at World Olympic boxing qualifiers

Flyweight Theophilus Allotey has provided a glimmer of hope, making it to the round of 32 after defeating Hungary's Bernath Attila

Ghana’s national boxing team, the Black Bombers, find themselves in a precarious position at the ongoing World Olympic Boxing Qualifiers in Bangkok, Thailand.

The tournament, held at the Hua Mak Indoor Stadium until Sunday (2 June), represents their final chance to secure a spot at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

The six-member Black Bombers team got off to a shaky start on Friday (24 May). 13th African Games gold medalist Amadu Mohammed (featherweight) suffered a second-round stoppage defeat to Dominican Republic’s De Lo Santos Felix Jose Luis in the opening round of 64 bout.

Leicester-based super heavyweight Mark Kojovi Ahondjo fared no better on Saturday (25 May) afternoon, suffering a unanimous 5-0 loss to St. Pierre Kennedy Joseph of Mauritius in the round of 32.

However, there was a glimmer of hope for the Black Bombers in Saturday’s (25 May) evening session.

13th African Games bronze medalist Theophilus Allotey (flyweight) lived up to his reputation as Ghana’s most consistent performer across previous qualifiers.

He secured a hard-fought victory over Hungary’s Bernath Attila via a unanimous points decision, advancing to the round of 32.

Ghana’s remaining bouts at the World Olympic Boxing Qualifiers:

  • Sunday (26 May) (Afternoon session): Joseph Commey (Ghana) vs. Bajoku Shpetim (Kosovo)—Bout No. 102 (Light Welterweight)
  • Sunday (26 May) (Evening session): Henry Malm (Ghana) vs. Bilrrashid Mohammed (Libya)—Bout No. 139 (Light Middleweight)
  • Monday (27 May) (Evening session): Jonathan Tetteh (Ghana) vs. Dominguez Loren Berto (Azerbaijan)—Bout No. 192 (Heavyweight)
  • Monday (27 May) (Evening session): Oneilla Sathoud (Ghana) vs Langerova Monika (Czech Republic)—Bout No. 200 (Women’s Middleweight)

The Black Bombers will need to dig deep and pull off a string of victories to secure Olympic qualification for Ghana, as failure to do so would mark the first time since 2004 that Ghana hasn’t sent boxers to the Olympic Games.

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