• Chishimba Bwalya

Contrasting stats between Zambian boxers and their opponents at the Olympics


FOLLOWING the Boxing draws conducted on Thursday at the Olympic Games, Zambian boxers have been lined up in crucial bouts in their various categories.


Welterweight boxer Stephen Zimba has drawn up against Samoa’s Marion Faustino Ah Tong in the first round in a fight that will take place on Saturday at 13:12hrs (CAT).


The bout draws up an interesting comparison between the two fighters. Ah Tong, 21, boasts an experience of 17 fights in which he has recorded 12 victories and lost five.


Zimba, who made his debut in Senegal last year in February at the Olympics qualifiers for Africa, has a record of four wins and one loss. This will be the 20 year-old’s fifth fight since his debut.


In the flyweight category, Patrick Chinyemba is scheduled to face Australia’s Alex Winwood on Monday on 10:00hrs (CAT).


The Australian, 24, boasts a record of 11 fights since his amateur debut in 2016, winning five while losing six.


Meanwhile, Chinyemba, who is three years younger, has a better win ratio of four wins and one loss since he made his international debut last year in Senegal.


Featherweight fighter Evaristo Mulenga is one of three African fighters that have been ranked and seeded and will only enter the action in the round of 16 where he will only need to fight twice before enters the medal brackets.


Mulenga is likely to face the winner between Jordan’s Mohammad Alwadi and Colombia’s Ceiber Ávila.


The first round of fights will get underway on day one of the games on Saturday, July 24 while the first medal session will be on Tuesday, August 3 when the women's featherweight final is held.


The last fights of the games will be held on Sunday, August 8 when the final four gold medal matches are contested.

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