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Tokyo Olympics: Ghanaian boxer Samuel Takyi loses semifinal bout to American

Ghana’s Samuel Takyi‘s run for a gold medal at the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in the men’s boxing featherweight division has been halted at the semifinal stage.

The 20-year-old lost via a 4-1 split decision to 23-year-old American Ragan Duke in Tuesday dawn’s bout.

Takyi had a brilliant start to the fight, tumbling the American 3-2 in the first round.

The Ghanaian’s drive dropped in the second round as he was caught by a couple of strong punches though he finished the round better than he started. However, Takyi succumbed 4-1 to Duke in the judges’ scoring.

None of the two boxers dominated the third round but the American was able to convince four of the judges to score in his favour just like the final scorecard.

“The Golden Ring Warrior” has won Ghana’s first Olympic medal (bronze) since the Black Meteors also won bronze at Barcelona 1992 by getting to the semifinals. At the Olympics, losing semifinalists in boxing are also awarded bronze.

It’s also the first boxing medal since middleweight Prince Amartey took the bronze in Munich 1972.

Takyi joins Ghanaian Olympic greats Clement Quartey a light welterweight who won silver in Rome 1960, Eddie Blay a bronze light-welterweight medallist from Tokyo 1964 and Prince Amartey who made history in Munich 1972.