Boxing: Uganda’s Nasir Bashir Out, Nanyondo Sails Into Semis
Boxer Bashir Nasir has fallen just a fight away from a Commonwealth medal. The Kampala Boxing Club captain and bantam weight boxer lost his 56kg match against English man Micheal Conlan t the SECC to take victory by a unanimous decision.
Conlan a bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games went into this as the favorite and looked very much in control and he is guaranteed at least a bronze medal.
He was never tested against Nasir although he was not satisfied with his display.
“He was an awkward opponent but that was far away from being a good performance,” said the 22-year-oldo the Ugandan boxer.
“I was getting a bit bored coming into the final round although I had to be careful as he was very dangerous with his head.
“That’s why it was a boring fight – I want to excel but I didn’t want to get any cuts and so did what I needed to win.”
Conlan will take on Sean McGoldrick in the 56kg semi-finals after the Welshman wins his bout against Ayabonga Sonjica of South Africa, but plenty of head scratching over how McGoldrick progressed.
Another Ugandan pugilist Fazil Juma also comes up against Sulemanu Tetteh of Ghana in the light flyweight category 9:15pm tonight. Juma beat Zambian Lumbe Bwalya to set up a clash with the Ghanaian. Uganda will also be in action in the badminton round of 16.
Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo has qualified for the 800m semi-finals clocking two minutes 05.29. at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Nanyondo who will in the women’s 4x 400 relay at the weekend was second in heat two won by Canada’s Jessica Smith in 2:05.22. The top three runners in each of the three races advanced together with the two fastest losers.