Tukamuhebwa and Mawanda keep Olympic dream alive

Bombers captain Joshua Tukamuhebwa (R) in action during the Uganda Boxing Champions League | UBF Image

BOXING Tukamuhebwa and Mawanda keep Olympic dream alive

Shafic Kiyaga 13:35 - 12.09.2023

With Tukamuhebwa and Mawanda's stellar performances, Uganda's Olympic flame burns brighter than ever igniting hope for an Olympic dream fulfilled.

The flames of Uganda's Olympic aspirations continue to burn as Joshua Tukamuhebwa and Fathia Mawanda clinched spots in the quarterfinals of the ongoing Africa Boxing Olympic Qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal.

In a display of sheer dominance, Captain Tukamuhebwa swiftly advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Gabon's Ndjinga Clinton Farlo in a fight that was stopped by the Referee (RSC) in the second round of the Men’s 63.5kg Round of 16 encounter.

This victory comes on the heels of Tukamuhebwa's impressive knockout of Ethiopia’s Alem Gebremariam in the Round of 32.

Tukamuhebwa will step back into the ring on Wednesday to face Tunisia’s Dridi Mehdi, who advanced to the quarterfinals with a walkover against Jorgito Ca of Guinea Bissau.

On the other side of the ring, Fathia Mawanda showcased her incredible talent and mettle by triumphing over Senegal's Sow Pape Mamadou in the Men’s 51kg category.

Fathia Mawanda matched on to the quarter finals of the Boxing Qualifiers for the 2024 Paris Olympics | Photo Credit: Courtesy

His victory was nothing short of spectacular, as Mawanda secured a unanimous decision (5-0), with four judges scoring it 29-28 and Kazakhstan judge Yermek Suiyenish declaring it 30-27, all in Mawanda’s favor.

This exceptional achievement is made even more remarkable by the fact that Mawanda was competing on the international stage for the very first time, and her opponent hailed from the host country.

Mawanda's quest for Olympic glory continues on Wednesday as she faces Ghana’s Allotey Theophilus Kpakpo, who secured his place in the quarterfinals with a convincing 5-0 victory over South Africa’s Mtintelwa Sinovuyo.

The tournament will observe a rest day on Tuesday, providing the fighters with a well-deserved break before they return to the ring from Wednesday to Friday for the crucial final three days of the competition.