“This is our time” – Black Bombers coach says after Olympic glory

Accra, – Akwasi Ofori Asare, Head Coach of Ghana’s amateur boxing team, the Black Bombers, is elated with making history after bagging Ghana’s first medal since 1992.

Samuel Takyi who broke Ghana’s 29-year medal drought after grabbing a semi-final spot is at least guaranteed a bronze even if he loses his semi-final bout against America’s Duke Ragan.

This is because Olympic boxing does give away bronze medals to losing semi-finalists.

But the highly experienced boxing trainer says they are looking to change the colour of the medal with victory in the next bout which he says will be a stern task.

“Before heading to Tokyo, we told Ghanaians we are coming to Tokyo Games to make a difference and that is what is happening. I was confident we were going to make history and we have proven it.

“We thanked all we believed in us but the battle is not yet over because we want to change the colour of the medal and it won’t be easy looking at our next opponents, but this is our time to shine,” he said.

Ghana sent three boxers to this year’s Olympics with Suleimanu Tetteh falling in the quater-finals while Shakul Samed lost his Round of 16 encounter with Samuel Takyi being the only boxer to progress.

Takyi with his quarter-final triumph ended Ghana’s 49-year Olympic medal drought in Boxing after Prince Amartey won bronze at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Tokyo Olympics: Ghana’s Takyi to face American boxer Ragan in quest for gold

Accra, – Ghanaian boxer Samuel Takyi who made history for Ghana after bagging the nations first medal since 1992 would quest for the gold medal as he faces Duke Ragan in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

Takyi who won his featherweight quarter-final encounter in a 3-2 split decision win against Colombia’s David Ceiber Avila is guaranteed at least a bronze medal because Olympic boxing gives bronze medals to losing semi-finalists.

This means Ghana is guaranteed a medal at this year’s Olympics ending the long 29-year medal drought after Ghana’s football team, Black Meteors won bronze in Barcelona, 1992.

Takyi who drew by in the Round of 32 dispatched Ecuador’s Caicedo Pachito in the Round of 16 which earned him a quarter-final spot of which he defeated Colobian boxer Ceiber.

On the other hand, Duke Ragan also secured a spot in the semi-finals after edging Irish boxer Kurt Walker 3-2 in a split decision win.

Ragan marked his Olympic debut with a win against French boxer Samuel Kistohurry and recorded an impressive 5-0 unanimous win over Kazakstan’s Serik Temirzhanov in the Round of 16.

Source: Ghana News Agency