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African Boxing (AFBC) Championships

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The 17th African Boxing Confederation's Men's Elite Championships finished with great successes for Algeria, Mauritius and Cameroon. The competition was held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from June 3 - 10.

At the African Championships 71 boxers from 13 countries competed for the medals: Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Gabon, Mauritius, Morocco, Seychelles, South Africa and Tunisia.

The first gold medal of the championships was secured by Cameroon's Beijing Olympian and AIBA President's Cup silver medalist Willy Thomas Essomba, who defeated Bocskai Memorial Tournament bronze medalist Abdelali Deraa of Morocco by 13:8 in the light flyweight division.

Mauritius' best flyweight boxer 22-year-old Ludovic Bactora won the small island's first gold medal in Yaoundé after beating Morocco's strong Abdelfatah Nafil in the final. Nafil had eliminated Algeria's top favorite Samir Brahimi in the semi-final.

Algeria's top favorite Mohamed Amine Oudahi took the bantamweight gold in one of the best bouts of the championships against Olympic Games bronze medalist 33-year-old Bruno Julie.

Algeria continued its winning series in the lightweight class, where Beijing Olympic Games quarter-finalist Abdelkader Chadi triumphed over Cameroon's National Champion Abdon Mewoli. Shafiq Chitou of Benin secured the bronze medal, putting two of the lightweight medals in the hands of WSB boxers.

Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Richarno Colin of Mauritius had an incredible start to the year when he won the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen. The 24-year-old light welterweight boxer knocked out his first rival, Tunisia's Abderrazak Haouia, quickly and followed that great by dominating the final fight against Algeria's Barag Sid Ali to win the second Mauritian gold in Yaoundé.

Africa's new wave shocked their older rivals in the welterweight class in Yaoundé where Mauritius' biggest talent 19-year-old Kennedy St. Pierre beat Algeria's teenager Ilyas Abbadi in the final. Abbadi had eliminated the local favorite Beijing Olympian and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Tournament winner Joseph Mulema in the semi-final.

Algeria's third gold medal came from Arabic Champion Abdelmalek Rahou, who defeated Morocco's Younes Gharroumi in the middleweight final by 18:10.

Tunisia's top boxer, Arabic Champion Yahya Mkacheri, defeated local favorite Christian Domfack Adjoufack in the light heavyweight semi-final and then enjoyed a walk-over for the gold because Amine El-Mohammady El-Alfy of Egypt could not fight against him.

Cameroon's two-time National Champion and international newcomer Romaric Ngoula Tangoum had a closely-fought gold medal contest against Algeria's WSB boxer Chouaib Bouloudinat in the heavyweight division but the local hero emerged victorious in Yaoundé.

The third local gold medal was earned by Blaise Yepmou Medouo, who unexpectedly outpointed Beijing Olympic Games quarter-finalist and WSB boxer 24-year-old Mohamed Arjaoui of Morocco in the super heavyweight final.

 

Photo: Action at the tournament (Photo Credit: Laid Nouaoui)