Rio Olympics: Nigerian boxer Efe Ajagba loses quarterfinal bout

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Nigerian boxer Efe Ajagba in the red corner against his defeated Trinidad and Tobago opponent Nigel Paul
Nigerian boxer Efe Ajagba in red corner against his defeated Trinidad and Tobago’s opponent Nigel Paul

(NAN) Nigerian boxer Efe Ajagba has failed to make it to the medal’s stage following his loss to Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan, in a quarterfinal bout of ongoing Rio Olympics.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ajagba lost by unanimous decision of 28-29, 28-29, 28-29 to Dychko in the Men’s super-heavyweight (over 91 kg).

Dychko won bronze at the London 2012 Olympics, while Ajagba won gold at the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo, Brazaville and a bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Nigerian pugilist had a bright chance of progressing to the semi-finals of the ongoing Olympics after he out-punched his Trinidad and Tobago’s opponent Nigel Paul, through a technical knockout in the run-up to his quarterfinals fight.

He however, failed to make it to the medal’s stage of the Games having lost in the quarterfinals.

Ajagba who is the sole boxer representing Nigeria in Rio, lost all three rounds to Dychko as he failed to throw good punches in the last two rounds.

Ajagba’s defeat comes as a huge disappointment to the Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung, President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Solomon Ogba, who watched from the stand as the pugilist lost his fight.

Anthony Konyegwachie, Team Nigeria’s boxing coach had before the fight told NAN in Rio that Ajagba was a medal hopeful in the boxing event.

Team Nigeria is yet to win a medal at the ongoing Olympic Games.

 


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