Winning six gold medals to four, Ethiopia beat Tanzania for overall first place in the East and Central African boxing championships in the National Theatre, Addis Ababa on Saturday (2 July).
TV ZOOM ON GV Ring with referee's arms outstretched: starting bout between Aloyce Nuti of Tanzania (white vest) and Demessie Kassa of Ethiopia (green vest) with Kassa chasing and attacking
SV Nuti backs Kassa into corner
SV Spectators watch as referee raises Nuti's arm (2 shots)
SV Nuti receives winner's medal
TV Fight between Bayou Ayele of Ethiopia (long white socks) and Lucas Msomba of Tanzania - Ayele loses his footing and falls
SV Spectators as Msomba traps Ayele in corner and pummels him, then knocks him half way through ropes
SV Referee leads Ayele away
TV Msomba receives medal
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Background: Winning six gold medals to four, Ethiopia beat Tanzania for overall first place in the East and Central African boxing championships in the National Theatre, Addis Ababa on Saturday (2 July). Last minute withdrawal of fighters from Uganda, Kenya and Zambia reduced the championships to a contest between the two surviving nations. Uganda gave ten day's notice of withdrawal but the other two countries' contestants were still expected two days before the tournament.
SYNOPSIS: The referee summoned the boxers for what proved to be a lively and entertaining light middleweight bout. The opponents were Aloyce Nuti of Tanzania, in the white vest, and Demessie Kassa of Ethiopia, a cool fighter, who makes full use of his long reach. This was the classic encounter between fighter and boxer, always a good spectacle when the pair are well matched, as they appeared to be in the opening round. Head down and throwing fast punches, Demessie kept carrying the fight to his taller opponent, who circled backwards while jabbing from the distance. Nuti was piling up points with the straight lefts to the face and, from time to time, letting rip savage uppercuts, which were not so well placed. Clearly Demessie was hoping to wear his men down and finish him quickly.
But Demessie's roughhouse tactics failed. By the end of the second round, he had almost exhausted himself and soaked up a lot of punishment. Nuti launched a flurry of punches that forced Demessie to retire int he third. Nuti had always appeared to have the edge. His well-planned and finely executed assault made him worth his gold medal.
In the light welterweight bout, the Ethiopian Bayou Ayele, wearing the long white socks, was so eager, he overbalanced.
His opponent, Lucas Msomba, after sizing him up in the first round, demolished Ayele with a flurry of heavy blows in the second. Sent sprawling in a corner, Ayele did not have the strength to get back up again.
The referee knew it was all over. It was a great night for Msomba but the withdrawals had drained much impact from the championships.