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Lawal worsens Nigeria’s boxing woes

By Onochie Anibeze in London
Lawal Lukman has everything to be your ideal Boxer. Height, frame and agility. But his display in his first

outing of the Boxing event of the London Olympics left many wondering if he was a journeyman.

Lukman looked awful and conceded points easily to his conqueror, Jordanian Almatbouli Ihab who raced to a 5-3 lead in the first round.

After a pep talk by his coaches, many thought that would bring him back but he continued to drop his guards and allowed Ihab who showed awesome power and speed to hit him with a flurry of punches.

The second round was pathetic and he lost it 2 – 6.

At this stage, it became apparent that the only miracle that would allow him to cross the hurdle would be a knock-out punch. He came out smoking with some left and right combinations but the Jordanian was in no mood to suffer humiliation.

He danced away from trouble and allowed the Nigerian to exhaust himself chasing him. While moving away from Lukman, he repeatedly picked precious points before the seconds ran out.

Lukman lost and ended Nigeria’s journey in the men’s boxing event following his compatriot’s (Muideen Akanji’s ouster in his earlier fight on Sunday.

Ogoke Edith Agu, the only female boxer remains the only survivor in the sport.


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