Ghanaian Boxer and Blackbomber, Seth Gyimah, known in the boxing circles as Freezy Macbones recorded a surprise loss to Senegal’s Seydina Konate in the Heavyweight (80kg) bout at the ongoing African Olympic Boxing Qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal.
Macbones who is touted as one of the most promising knockout artists in the heavyweight division, lost on points to his Senegalese Opponent who had a had a slight reach advantage over the Ghanaian.
Both boxers were very tactful in their approach to the bout that turned out to be a tough one. Seydina Konate appeared to have landed more cleaner punches with the Judges scoring 4-0 in favor of the host boxer.
The announcement caused a stir sparking mild protests from the Ghanaian spectator gallery and boxing contingent, but the coaching team maintained their calm; they were seen having a brief discussion prior to the announcement, at the blue corner where Seth Gyimah was assigned.
There were contrasting views to the judgment. Some felt Freezy Macbones’ loss can be attributed to controversial point deductions by the judges for some illegitimate punches, Univers Sports gathered.
Freezy had the bigger Reputation
Seth Gyimah shot into limelight after his dominant performance in his second professional bout against experienced UK boxer, Darly Sharp at the Copper Box Arena in London in April 2023. He capped the win with an emotional post-match interview that was posted by Floyd-Mayweather Jnr. and Mike Tyson.
His explosive power and incredible knockout wins made him the talk of town as he was later signed by Queensbury and has trained with 2012 Olympic gold medalist and former heavy weight champion, Anthony Joshua.
Before Gyimah turned professional, he had fought 18 Amateur bouts, losing six of them and recording victories in 11.
One last straw for Macbones
Despite the surprise loss, the Ghanaian puglist still has a chance to live his Olympic dream with Ghana.
There is an unconventional route in the playoffs qualifiers in Asia and Europe and Freezy Macbones will hope to clutch onto those lifelines and relaunch his Olympic bid.
The Ghanaian Boxer is aware of the herculean task that lies ahead especially going to Europe and Asia where there is an equally strong advocacy for the sport and may face stubborn opposition.
Aside, Seth Gyimah was not the only Ghanaian who failed to shine. Alfred Kotey lost to Mozambique’s Osorio Muxango in the Men’s 71kg (Round 32). Ghana had so much to smile about following an impressive display by Abdul Wahib in round of 64 in the Men’s 57kg as he stopped South African Amzolele Dzevi.
Another bomber, Kpakpo Theophilus also recorded a 4-1 score over Tumay Nigus from Ethiopia.
In the Women’s contest, Janet Acquah earned Ghana’s first victory at 50kg, with a 5-0 win over Siphamandla Veliswa (Swaziland) in the round of 32, moments before compatriot Sarah Apew suffered at the hands of Carina Mendez (Cape Verde).
Story by: Godfred Dampte-Larbi | universnews.ug.edu.gh