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Ghanaian Boxers Eliminated from IBA Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

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Ghana’s six boxers who represented the nation at the 2023 IBA Boxing Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, have been eliminated from the competition. While the sole quarter-finalist, Amadu Mohammed, made a valiant effort, he was eventually defeated by Makhmud Sabyrkhan from Kazakhstan, ending his run in the tournament. This defeat dashed his hopes of advancing to the semifinals where substantial cash prizes awaited the winners.

Although the team didn’t win any medals, it was still a great experience for them. The Black Bombers under Head Coach Ofori Asare were able to gain valuable experience and insights that will be useful for future competitions such as the upcoming 2023 African Games and 2024 Olympic Games.

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In the Bantamweight division, Amadu Mohammed performed remarkably well before his elimination. He won against George Molwantwa of Botswana in the Round of 16 and Rejeki Manalu from Indonesia in the previous round. Alfred Kotey also made it to the Round of 16 but was defeated by Lasha Guruli from Georgia. He had earlier defeated Mohammed Sillah of Sierra Leone.

Theophilus Allotey and Abdul Wahid Omar were eliminated in the Round of 32. Allotey lost to Patrick Chinyemba from Zambia in the Flyweight division, while Omar was overpowered by France’s Sofiane Oumiha after starting with a commanding win over Tadej Cernoga from Slovenia in the Lightweight category.

Abraham Mensah, competing in the Featherweight division, was eliminated in the Round of 64 by Sarawut Sukthet from Thailand. Joseph Commey, in the light welterweight division, also bowed out in the Last 64, succumbing to Richard Kovacs of Hungary.

While the results may not have been what Ghanaian fans were hoping for, it is important to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the boxers who represented their nation. They showed tremendous spirit and determination in the face of stiff competition and ultimately gained valuable experience that will serve them well in future tournaments.

For the most part, the experience gained by the boxers in the tournament is more important than the results. They will have the chance to learn from their mistakes and hone their skills for future competitions. With the upcoming African Games and Olympic Games, there will be plenty of opportunities for Ghana’s boxers to showcase their talent on the international stage.

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