Rio Olympic 2016: Kenyan Wrecks History Of Boxing


Kenya’s Rayton Nduku Okwiri has wrecked some set record in the history of boxing at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Sunday.

The boxer defeated Russia’s welterweight London 2012 bronze medalist within minutes.

This is of course a good start for African champion Rayton Okwiri in his gold hunt at the 2016 Rio Olympic, punching his way to the round of 16 in the men’s welterweight 69 kg.

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Okwiri floored Russian Andrey Zamkovoy by a single point after the third round bout ended 2-1 in favour of the Kenyan who scored a total of 86 points, one more than the Russian.

The Kenyan boxer will now face Moroccan Mohammed Rabii in the round of 16 on Thursday as he looks to get to the medal bracket in the Rio Olympics.

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Okwiri told Capital Sport from Rio:

“It was a tough fight because the Russian is a smart boxer but I’m great to make it to the next round. The Moroccan is a good boxer as well but I’m ready for the contest.” 

The tough fight saw Okwiri trail round one after Zamkovoy, the London 2012 bronze medalist was bestowed with all 10 points by each of the three judges while the Kenyan got nine points from each judge.

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In the second round, 30 years old Okwiri gathered 10 points from two judges as the third judge awarded him nine points. On the other hand, the Russian managed two 9 points and one 10.

In the final round which came with greater intensity, Okwiri, the Aiba pro boxer impressed the judges when he pinned his opponent to the corner while raining blows on him. He mustered up 10 points from all three judges. Zamkovoy only managed to gather nine points each from all the three judges.

He was announced the winner after the final round and as you might expect, all sitting at Kenyan corner went into jubilation.