Uganda’s little hopes of an Olympics medal in boxing were ended after Shadir Musa Bwogi was eliminated on Tuesday.
The Bombers captain lost by split decision, 3-1, with three of the five judges scored Georgia’s Madiev Eskerkhan as the winner.
The Judges scored the Welterweight bout 29-27, 28-28, 26-30, 26-30 & 26-30 at the Kokugikan Arena. Germany Judge Kopke Susann called a draw while Mustachio Andrew from United States gave Shadir a win.
Bwogi, who received several warnings from the Sri Lankan referee Thambu Nelka Shiromal, was later deducted a point in the second round for failing to keep his head up.
He will feel that he left everything in the ring but the effort was not enough to progress to the next round.
Bwogi had received a bye to reach this stage but has been hard done by his poor effort late on in a bout where he was kept out of the centre.
The loss comes on the back of earlier eliminations by Catherine Nanziri and David Ssemujju.
Madiev’s fairy tale continues after the Georgian eliminated Cuban born Lorenzo by RSC in the first round.
End of the road for Bombers
Shadir Musa Bwogi was the last man standing of the Bombers trio that went to Olymoics.
Bwogi had received a bye to the round of 16 and later saw his teammates Catherine Nanziri and David Ssemujju Kavuma fall at the round of 32.
He was the only Bomber, of the three, to have qualified sportingly to Tokyo after he defeated Ghana’s Jesse Lartey in the welterweight box-off on the last day of the 2020 African Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament in Senegal.
Shadir, who is Uganda’s welterweight champion, knew what was at stake going into Tuesday’s fight.
It was win or burst.
He gave it all on the day, but looked rusty for a boxer who had not been in the ring since February last year.
He lost to a better fighter, Eskerkhan Madiev, who has 51 fights (won 35, including that of Shadir) under his belt.
Did you know? – Four of Uganda’s medals at Olympics have come in Boxing. The last was won in 1980 Moscow by John ‘The Beast’ Mugabi (silver) in the men’s Welterweight.