Zimbabwean boxers make steady progress in Dakar Olympic Qualifier tournament

By Zbc Reporter
Zimbabwe boxers taking part at the Olympic qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal are making steady progress after sailing through the preliminary rounds. The Zimbabwean boxers are now through to the quarter-finals to be contested on Tuseday evening. The three boxers Ndabezinhle Petros Phiri flyweight, Brendan ‘Boika‘Denes lightweight and Freeman ‘Jah Bvongwe’ Mabvongwe are repesenting Zimbabwe at the regional tournament in Dakar, Senegal.
The three boxers are accompanied by two officials, national boxing coach Alexander Kwangwari and team manager Stephen Masiyambumbi in their quest to qualify for the Kapan, Tokyo Olympics in August.

Team Zimbabwe representing in Dakar, The three boxers are accompanied by two officials, national boxing coach Alexander Kwangwari and team manager Stephen Masiyambumbi in their quest to qualify for the Kapan, Tokyo Olympics in August.

Zimbabwe’s Ndabezinhle Petros PHIRI squared off against Omar Abdi Ali JUMALE of Somalia in the men’s Flyweight (57-63 kg) in bout number 61 of the ongoing Olympic qualifiers on Monday evening and won.
On Tuesday in the Men’s Fly (48-52kg) quarter-final Zimbabwe’s Petros Ndabezinhle Phiri will trade leather against Tetteh Sulemanu of Ghana.
Zimbabwe’s Brenda ‘Boika’ Denes beat Harvey Mkacha of Malawi in the men’s Lightweight (57-63 kg) category by points in the round of 16. ‘Boika’ had won his first bout of the tournament on points against Zakaria Diarra of Mali.
‘Today was slow, it wasn’t my best. Nevertheless, you know when you play some of the games they go like this. I wanted a knockout. After the African games silver in Rabat, If I can have some good fights here it will be good for me and a great development in my career after years of boxing, I started boxing when I was seven and now am 24,’ said Denes.
Denes celebrates his second victory in Dakar

On Tuesday in the Men’s Light (57-63kg) quarter-final Brendon Denes and Fiston Mbaya of Congo.
Zimbabwe’s Freeman Mabvongwe won 5:0 on points his bout in the preliminary round against Nduwaarungira of Burundi but his next opponent from Lesotho proved to be a tough nut to crack.
Geting ready to rumble Freeman Mabvongwe in Dakar, Senegal


A good last round by Freeman Mabvongwe, of Zimbabwe, was not enough to pull things back after Mokhachane Moshoeshoe had dominated the opening two round as the welterweight from Lesotho claimed a unanimous points decision.
This a journey for Zimbabwean boxers to the world of boxing elite, all the way to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Five qualification tournaments across all continents, 286 spot are available and a common dream, Dakar, Amman, London, Buenos Aires and Paris host this series of boxing events.

Brendon Denes prepares for his next fight in Dakar

Monday was the busiest day in Dakar with a total of 28 bouts scheduled over two sessions and two rings. Monday saw most of the boxers take part in their second bouts as the dream of qualifiying for the Olympic games in Tokyo this summer becomes a reality. It was also the first time some of the top seeds were in action.
There are 33 places at the Tokyo Olympics available in Dakar, 22 for men and 11 for women. Any boxer who reaches the final is guaranteed an Olympic place. In addition, six male categories (flyweight-heavyweight) as well as one female (flyweight division) there will be a third qualification spot availavble . This will be decided by a box-off between the two losing semi-finalists. There will be one more chance to qualifiy for the Tokyo 2020 at the final world qualifiying event in Paris in May.