Glasgow 2014: Nigeria Boxing Captain Blazes Into Last 8

Captain of Team Nigeria’s boxing team to the Commonwealth Games, Efetobor Apochi, overwhelmed Isle of Man’s Krystian Borucki in the heavyweight 91kg class on Sunday.

The 26-year-old is the only Nigerian to book Wednesday’s quarter-finals return date, as Wasiu Shogbamu and Wasiu Taiwo lost their light welterwight and flyweight categories fight respectively.

Apochi, will face Jai Opetaia, 19,- the youngest Australian Olympian who competed at the age of 17 at the London Games two years ago- on July 30 at the SECC (Hall 4A). The winner of the fight is guaranteed a medal.

Efetobor Apochi Has Represented Mexico's Guerrero In the World Boxing Series (WBS) Before.
Efetobor Apochi Has Represented Mexico’s Guerrero In the World Boxing Series (WBS) Before.

The Nigeria heavyweight medal hopeful defeated Borucki by technical knockout in round one of their round of 16 bout after just 2:33 seconds yesterday.

Shogbamu lost in the 64kg light welterweight to Zack Davies of Wales and Taiwo was beaten by Andrew Maloney of Australia both by the judges’ split decisions.

Team Nigeria's Wasiu Taiwo Lost to Australia's Andrew Maloney By Unanimous Decision. Image: AFP.
Team Nigeria’s Wasiu Taiwo Lost to Australia’s Andrew Maloney By Unanimous Decision. Image: AFP.

Judges 1,2 & 3 recorded 28, 28, 27 for Shogbamu as against Davies’ 29, 29 30 respectively, while Taiwo earned 28, 27, 27 points less than Maloney’s 29, 30, 30 respectively.