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Abaka loses second pro bout

Kenya’s middle-weight boxer, Nick Abaka, lost his second professional fight on Saturday to Ecuador opponent, Delgado Suare, who beat him on unanimous point decision, 3-0 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The loss extinguished his chances of qualifying for the forthcoming 2016 Rio Olympics through AIBA pro-boxing as only the top two boxers in each of the  10 weight categories will make to the Olympics.

Abaka has more professional fights ahead of him in the pre-ranking rounds expended to continue until March next year. There are eight boxers per weight, who will be ranked accordingly. Boxers have signed a five year contract with AIBA pro-boxing.

The Kenya Prisons’ welter-weight boxer, Rayton Okwiri, who won his professional debut last month, is the only one who still has a chance to book a place in the Olympics but only if he wins two more fights.

Kenya Police bantam-weight boxer, Benson Gicharu, is in a similar situation as Abaka after losing his opening fight in Argentina last month.

The AIBA pro-boxing is keeping boxers on top form with the monthly outings which gives them the best chances of qualifying for Olympics through their continental events.

Qualifiers for AIBA Olympics (AOB) Rio 2016 for Africa will take place in Yaounde, Cameroon. Africa has been allocated 30 slots,  three boxers per weight. Abaka is expected to return  home on Sunday.