NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 11 – Kenya’s hopes of bagging a boxing medal at the Rio Olympics hit a snag after African champion Rayton Okwiri was bundled out of the Summer Games in the welterweight round of 16.
Okwiri, who was the only Kenyan boxer left in the competition after Peter Mungai (light flyweight) and Benson Gicharu (bantam weight) were earlier eliminated, lost by unanimous decision (3-0) to Moroccan Rabii Mohammed.
Rabii, who was given a bye to the round of 16, won all the rounds to book a date in the quarter-finals where he will meet Steven Donnelly from Ireland on Saturday.
In the first round, Okwiri could not stop Rabbi’s punches who collected maximum 30 points from all the three judges as the Kenyan only managed 27 points.
Okwiri returned stronger in the second round to pin the Moroccan down, with quick blows to see him bag 29 points, one more than the Moroccan.
The final round was more intense with the tight battle leaving both boxers with a chance to win but ultimately the judges unanimously awarded the Moroccan all the 30 points against Okwiri who was handed 27 points.