2 Nigerian boxers crash out of Olympic qualifiers

Two Nigerian boxers have been eliminated from the ongoing Road to Paris 2024 Olympic qualifying tournament in Bangkok, Thailand.

Ifeanyi Onyekwere suffererd a point decision defeat against Dmytro Lovchynskyi of Ukraine in the Men’s +92kg (Super-heavyweight) round of 32 on Wednesday.

Following suit was Blessing Oraekwe who slumped to a unanimous points (0-5) loss to Ani Hovsepyan of Armenia in round 32 of the  women’s 66Kg.

Nigeria’s hopes of qualification for the Olympics are now pinned on three remaining female boxers; Zainab Adeshina(50kg,) Patricia Mbata(75kg) and Elizabeth Oshoba(57kg).

The underwhelming performances by Team Nigeria at the qualifying in Thailand diminishes chances of the country’s athletes to share in the recently announced prize monies for medalists in the Paris Games.

The International Boxing Association made the announcement despite having nothing to do with the competition at Paris 2024.