Twenty-year old Samuel Takyi ended Ghana’s 29 year wait for an Olympic medal with a spirited come-from-behind victory against Colombia’s David Avila Ceiber in the featherweight division of the Olympic boxing event in Tokyo.
Trailing the 32-year old Colombian on all the judge’s scorecards going into the last round, Takyi showed experience and spirit beyond his age to pummel the two-time Olympian into submission, successfully overturning the deficit to secure a 3-2 split decision victory in the early hours of Sunday.
By booking a semi final spot, Takyi is guaranteed at least a bronze medal even before he takes on American Duke Ragan in the semi final fight on Tuesday August 3.
Takyi, 20, booked a place in the quarter-final after beating Ecuador’s Jean Carlos Caicedo Pachito last Wednesday in his debut fight.
Samuel Takyi progresses to quarter-finals in boxing. On Sunday, August 1, Takyi won two of the three rounds over the experienced Colombian fighter to win at least Bronze for the country at ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games.
It will be the first Olympics medal for the country since the Bronze medal won in Men’s Football at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and the first in boxing since Prince Amartey’s Bronze at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
He will also join the likes of Clement Quartey (Rome 1960) and Eddie Blay (Tokyo 1964) who also won boxing medals for Ghana.