Credit: Christel Saneh

By unanimous decision, a second Ugandan boxer David Kavuma Ssemujju was painfully ejected from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan.

Ssemujju, playing in the 69-75 kg category (Middleweight) lost to Algerian Nemouchi Younes after three rounds.

All the five judges returned a loss for the aggressive Ugandan who was in the blue corner; 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, and 30-27 amassing 150 to 135.

The two fighters had also faced off at the pre-games qualifiers with the Algerian winning to deny Ssemujju a direct slot to the Olympics.

The defeat is the second for Uganda at the games after Catherine Nanziri’s earlier loss to Japanese Tsukimi Namiki in the Flyweight category.

The focus and only hope in boxing remains on Welterweight (63-69 kg) boxer Shadir Musa Bwogi who faces Georgia’s E. Madiev on Tuesday morning (11:30 am) after getting a bye at the round of 32.

Uganda seeks an Olympic medal in boxing since John “The Beast” Mugabi’s 1980 feat at the Munich Games.

Out of the 7 Olympic medals that Uganda won since the maiden appearance in 1956, four have been in boxing.

Eridadi Mukwanga, Leo Rwabwogo (2), and Mugabi are the only Ugandan boxing medalists at the Olympics.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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