Ghana’s hopes of medals in the Men’s Light (60kg) and Welter (69 kg) categories in boxing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games were dashed by defeats to Abdul Omar and Abubakari Kwesi Quartey respectively on Thursday.
Both Black Bombers were eliminated at the Round of 32 of their respective categories by unanimous decisions held at the Oxenford Studios.
For Omar, who had won bronze (52kg) at the last edition in Glasgow, all five judges scored all the three rounds of his fight in favour of Harry Garside from host nation Australia.
Speaking after Omar’s loss coach Ofori Asare cited an accidental head-butt in the opening round affected the Black Bombers captain but Omar was unhappy with the pattern of scoring.
“I did my best but fighting against a home favourite is always difficult. The scoring mostly goes to their advantage,” Omar said.
Later on, Abubakari Kwesi Quartey came up against Merven Clair from Mauritius. He was also defeated in similar fashion. All five judges scored his bout 30-27 in all three rounds for Clair.
Ghana will continue their chase for medals in other boxing categories at the Commonwealth Games 2018.
Friday, April 6
Tetteh Sulemanu (Ghana) vs Amit (India) – Men’s 46-49kg Round of 16
Saturday, April 7
Sikiru Ojo (Nigeria) vs Samuel Yaw Addo (Ghana) – Men’s 56kg Round of 16
Sunday, April 8
Jessie Lartey (Ghana) vs Louis Richarno Colin (Mauritius) – Men’s 64kg Round of 16
Musah Rahman Lawson (Ghana) vs TBD – Results – Men’s 75kg Round of 16
Monday, April 9
Gaurav Solanki (India) vs Akimos Annang Ampiah (Ghana) – Men’s 52kg Round of 16