With two controversial decisions going against them, the Ghanaian Amateur Boxing Team (Black Bombers) lost to the Senegalese National Boxing Team in a series of ten fights aimed at preparing both teams for the forthcoming Olympic games.
GV First round to welterweight round between Mohammed Ali (Ghana) in dark shorts VS Baca Diaw (Senegal) in white trucks
SV PAN Cheering crowd
GV Fight continues in round three
SV Diaw's hand held aloft as winner
SV Light-middle weight fight between Mohammed Dawuda (Ghana) and Alisu Cisse (Senegal) in white trunks - fast and furious final round
SV Crowd (Fight won by Dawuda)
GV Middleweight fight between Musa Giriba (Ghana) in dark trucks and unknown Senegalese boxer
GV Crowd look on as Senegal fighter is announced winner
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Background: With two controversial decisions going against them, the Ghanaian Amateur Boxing Team (Black Bombers) lost to the Senegalese National Boxing Team in a series of ten fights aimed at preparing both teams for the forthcoming Olympic games.
The series took place in Dakar on Friday (30 January). Boxers on both teams gave everything they had and all the fights were fast and furious affairs.
None of the Ghanian boxers had any previous international boxing experience and they all appeared to be slightly nervous. But in most cases, after the first round of the scheduled three round bouts they soon overcame any hesitancy.
In the middleweight division, Ghanaian fighter, Musa Giriba, lost on points to his Senegalese opponent in one of the most controversial decisions of the series. Even the Senegalese crowd appeared to be surprised by the official decision, which drew loud catcalls and boos.
In the welterweight section, Mohammed Ali, of Ghana, failed to live up to the standard of his international namesake and lost clearly on points to Baca Diaw.
The Ghana team avenged itself in the person of Mohammed Dawuda, who boxed cleverly to easily outpoint Alisu Cisse in the light-middle weight division.
Ghan almost the series four fights to six.
SYNOPSIS: The Ghanaian Amateur Boxing Team, the Black Bombers, on Friday pitched their strength against a team from senegal in a series of ten fights aimed at preparing both teams for the forthcoming Olympic Games in Canada. The competition was held in dakar and there was plenty of action in all ten fights of the series, which the Senegalese team won by six fights to four.
Here, Mohammed Ali of Ghana .. in the dark trunks .. is fighting Baca Diaw of Senegal in the welterweight division. Each of the ten fights was scheduled for three rounds. None of the Ghanaian boxers had any international experience and during the first round they appeared nervous. But their hesitancy soon disappeared as they got down to the serious business in the centre ring. However, Ali failed to live up to the standard of his World Champion namesake ad lost the bout the Diaw on points.
But the Black bombers soon avenged the defeat when Mohammed Dawuda .. in the dark trunks .. came in against Alisu Cissa. In one of the toughest fights of the competition the fighters tore into each other. What the fight may have lacked in style it made up for with the enthusiasm of the boxers who brought the crowd to their feet with action like this.
Although Cisse appeared to set the pace throughout the fight Dawuda used clever, tactical fighting to score the needed points. It was a true Olympic performance. Dawuda won the fight on points, a decision which clearly won the approval of the large crowd.
In the middleweight section Musa Giriba of Ghana .. also wearing dark shorts .. came up against this senegalese fighter. The bout ended in the most controversial decision of the competition. Giriba appeared to take the fight right up to his opponent from the word "go" and both boxers were soon standing toe to toe exchanging flurry of hard lefts and rights. But the Black Bomber turned in an occasional tactical coup in each round which seemed to put his opponent off balance. It was these uses of smart footwork by Giriba that appeared to have won him the fight. But the Senegalese fighter came back in the last round and refused to allow Giriba the use of the ropes and the fight ended in a fast and furious last few seconds. The final round did not appear to have won the fight for the Senegalese .. until the judges gave their decision. Surprisingly, it was against Giriba.