Samuel Takyi, 20, has won his Olympic quarter-final and will compete for a medal in Tokyo 2020, the first Olympic medal for a Ghanaian athlete in over three decades.
Takyi defeated Colombia’s 32-year-old David Ceiber Avila, a considerably more experienced boxer, in the quarter-finals, winning two of three rounds and sending the Ghanaian crowd berserk.
The Ghanaian athlete will compete in the semi-finals against Ragan Duke of the United States. According to olympics.com, Duke defeated Irish boxer Kurt Walker in his quarter-final match.
According to olympics.com, Takyi has caused a sensation as The Golden Ring Warrior, bringing home the first Olympic medal since the football team won bronze in Barcelona in 1992. Also, the first boxing medal since middleweight Prince Amartey won bronze in Munch in 1972.
Takyi joins Ghanaian Olympic greats Clement Quartey, a light welterweight who won silver in Rome in 1960, Eddie Blay, a bronze light-welterweight medalist from Tokyo 1964, and Prince Amartey, who made history in Munch 1972, according to olympics.com.