Nigeria boxing dropped back to back losses today. It began when Osita Umeh suffered defeat in boxing’s male welterweight 69kg event on Thursday as he was outclassed by India’s Manoj Kumar at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Kumar dominated in all the three rounds to secure a 5-0 unanimous decision against the 19-year-old Nigerian in the round of 32 encounter.
Kumar took round one 10-9, 10-9, 10-9, 10-9 and 10-9. In round two, it was another total domination of 10-9, 10-9, 10-9, 10-9 and 10-9. The third round was no different as Kumar won 10-9, 10-9, 10-9, 10-9 and 10-8.
Earlier on Thursday, Nigeria’s Adeola Soyoye lost to Papua New Guinea’s Thadius Katua.
Fighting in the round of 32 in the men’s lightweight category (60kg), Soyoye lost on points with the final decision of 3-1 going to Katua.
Katua dominated round one 10-9, 10-9, 10-9, 10-9, 10-9.
Soyoye took round two with a score card of 9-10, 9 10, 10-9, 8-10 and 9-10.
And in the third and final round, Katua edged it 9-10, 10-9, 10-9, 10-9 and 10-9.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games which got underway at Gold Coast in Australia with a colorful opening ceremony on Wednesday is expected to end on April 15.