NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 8 – Kenyan boxer Peter Mungai is through to the quarter finals of the Rio Olympics men’s light flyweight after beating Chinese Lyu Bin on points in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Monday.
Mungai, who was given a bye to the round of 16, was declared the winner on a 2-1 scoreline and will now face Cuban Joahnys in the quarter finals scheduled for Wednesday.
Joahnys had edged out Yafai Galal of Great Britain 2-1 in the earlier bout before Mungai, a veteran in the ring took centre stage to blow out the Chinese who was 14 years younger than him.
Mungai, who was aggressive in his upper-cuts won the first round after two judges handed him all the 10 points while the third judge awarded him nine as Lyu managed to gather nine points apiece from two judges with the third awarding him 10.
The second round saw Mungai dominate after pinning the dodging Chinese for the three judges to award him all the points to go to the final round leading 2-0.
However, Lyu returned stronger in the third round where he was more active, evading Mungai’s jabs and managing to score crucial points against the Kenyan.
Indeed the last round ended in favour of the Chinese who amassed all the 10 points from the three judges while Mungai collected nine points each from the judges.
Mungai becomes the second Kenyan to progress to the next round at the Rio Olympics after African champion Rayton Okwiri advanced to the last 16 in the 69kg men’s welterweight category.
Benson Gicharu will be the third Kenyan boxer to be in action when he takes to the ring on Wednesday against Swedish Héctor Garcíain the men’s bantamweight.