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Maputo 2022: Gold medalists to earn shs37m at the Africa Boxing championships

International Boxing Association………

The gold medallists of the continental championships will get 10,000 USD, the silver medallists 5,000 USD, while those who claim bronze in all of the weight categories can expect 2,500 USD.

The Men’s and Women’s Boxing Championships started yesterday in Mozambique capital city Maputo and will run upto 18th September 2022. Twelve women and thirteen men boxers will be crowned at the upcoming AFBC African Elite Boxing Championships.

Team Uganda (the Bombers)

Algeria, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia are registered to participate in the AFBC African Elite Boxing Championships.

Altogether 211 boxers including 64 women and 147 men are registered to fight in this upcoming Championships which will return to the boxing map after five years of break and will be held for both genders. The men’s lightweight (60kg) could be the most crowded category with the expectation of 17 participating boxers.

The African female boxers earned a record number of five medals at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul in May 2022. All of the five women medallists have registered to  earn gold medals in the AFBC African Elite Boxing Championships.

Mozambique Alcinda Panguane and Rady Adosinda Gramane made history for the country at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and also at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Both of the local stars will be favorites of their weight categories.

Algerian powerful Imane Khelif was silver medallist in Istanbul but she lost only that final bout in the recent one year. Her young 21 year old teammate Ichrak Chaib earned bronze medal in Istanbul and could be successful also in Maputo. Moroccanian veteran Khadija Mardi moved up to the heavyweight (+81kg) and her silver medal from Istanbul means that she is a strong favorite in Maputo too.

Maputo hosted the African Zone 4 Boxing Championships in April 2022 which was the first international event for their boxers this year. The boxers who were born between 1982 and 2003 are eligible to participate in the AFBC African Elite Boxing Championships. The venue is the Pavilhao de Academica in Maputo which has the capacity of 5,000 seats.

The Championships has 60 years of history, the first edition featured in Cairo, Egypt in 1962. Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Libya, South Africa, Algeria, Mauritius, Cameroon, Morocco, Madagascar, Egypt and Congo hosted the previous editions between 1962 and 2017.

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