By Oladimeji Loko in Rio:
Nigeria’s sole representative in the boxing event at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Efe Ajagba, lost in the quarter-finals to Kazakhstan’s Ivan Dychko on Tuesday.
Fighting in the super heavyweight category, Dychko emerged victorious via a unanimous decision.
Dychko won all the three rounds in all the judges’ scorecards as he scored technical points while Ajagba was looking for the big punch.
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In his first fight at the games, Ajagba knocked out Nigel Paul from Trinidad and Tobago to reach the quarter-finals.
Dychko, who is now guaranteed at least a bronze medal, will take on Great Britain’s Joe Joyce.
The defeat means Nigeria’s wait for a first boxing medal since Duncan Dokiwari’s bronze medal feat in Atlanta 1996 continues.