Olympian boxer Rayton Okwiri began his Tokyo 2020 ticket chase with a win against Libya’s Emhemed Salem Elmagasbi in the Africa Olympic Games qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal.
The middleweight faced a stiff challenge from Elmagasbi Okwiri with a good left-right combination, but by midway through the second round, tables turned on the Libyan.
Okwiri next faces the number one seed, Kavuma David Ssemujju, of Uganda, on Sunday, and he is optimistic of even a better show.
Two more Kenyans are on card today to begin their chase where Lightweight category fighter Joseph Shigali will take on Omar Abdul Wahib from Ghana While Featherweight Beatrice Akoth will fight it out with Ali Rama Said Ahmed from Somalia.
There are 33 places at the Tokyo Olympics available in Dakar – 22 for men and 11 for women.
Any boxer who reaches the final is guaranteed an Olympic place.