Tokyo 2020: Ghanaian Boxer Shakul Samed Suffers TKO Defeat

Ghana’s Shakul Samed of the Light heavyweight category has lost his fight against an experienced Turkish opponent Bayram Malkan via a second-round technical knockout.

The defeat means Samed has been eliminated from the Men’s Olympic boxing competition.

The Round of 16 match-up was a competitive brawl until a right hook from Malkan sent the 22-year-old to the ground in the second round.

The referee after determining that the Ghanaian was unfit to continue ended the bout with 1:23 seconds left in the second round.

He had lost the first round 4-1, per the five judges’ score.

Shakul who is the younger brother of professional boxers Issah and Bastir Samir was determined to bring home a medal that eluded both of his brothers during their time at the Olympics.

Earlier, Judoka Kwadjo Anani’s dreams ended against Rio 2016 bronze medalist and No. ranked 1 ranked Gwak Dong-Han of South Korea. Anani was eliminated by a point in the five-minute fight.

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