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Commonwealth Games: Boxer Osoba Out, Judoka Asonye Loses Bronze

Boxer Abdul-Afeez Osoba lost in the Men’s Light-Middleweight category to Wales’ Garan Croft on Tuesday at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The Nigerian failed to build on his knockout win in the round of 32, losing on points in the round of 16 after all five judges awarded higher points to the Welshman with a score of 30-27 from four judges and 29-28 from one judge.

But Osoba’s countrywoman Jacinta Umunnakwe had a walkover decision in her favour in the Women’s Middleweight quarter-final against Tonga’s Mele Ula in their fight slated for August 3.

Umunnakwe will meet the victor of the quarter-final clash between Canada’s Tammara Thibeault and Cayman Islands’ Hepseba Angel, who clash on Wednesday (today) in Hall 4.

In Judo, Cecilia James fought three times, defeating Zambia’s Taonga Soko in the women’s 63kg round of 16. 

James then fell to Australia’s Katharina Haecker after a hard-fought match-up resulted in a 3-2 loss in the Golden Score round of the quarter-final.

James got another chance to contest for a place in the final through Repechage, but she lost to Wales’ Jasmine Hacker-Jones by an Ippon (full point) decision.

Joy Asonye also lost in the quarter-final of the women’s 70kg to Australia’s Aoife Coughlan but won in her Repechage match, defeating Fiji’s Shanice Takayawa to earn her a place in the bronze finals, which she lost to England’s Kelly Petersen-Pollard.

In the men’s 81kg round of 16, Fatai Muritala lost to England’s Lachlan Moorhead.

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