Lawal, Egowa Reach Q-Finals At World Boxing Championship Qualifiers

Lawal, Egowa Reach Q-Finals At World Boxing Championship Qualifiers

By James Agberebi:

Nigerian male boxers, Richard Egowa and Owolabi Lawal, on Tuesday progressed into the quarter-finals of the 2017 African Boxing Championships (World Boxing Championships qualifiers) in Congo Brazzaville, reports .

In the men's light heavyweight, Egowa knocked out Uganda's Regarn Simbwa in round two of their contest.

On his part, Lawal secured a convincing 5-0 points win over Manuel Gomes of Angola in the men's lightweight category.

On Monday, Osita Umeh (men's welterweight) and Yetunde Odunuga (women's lightweight) qualified for the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

The only two Nigerian boxers who have crashed out of the championships are men's heavyweight boxer, Godwin Ambrose, and 2015 All Africa Games silver medal winner Caroline Linus who fought in the women's flyweight.

The African Boxing Championships doubles as a direct qualification route for the men to the 2017 AIBA World Championships, billed for Berlin, Germany from August 25 to September 3.

Quota places will be awarded to the four top athletes in each of the ten weight categories. 

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