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Rio Olympic: Cameroonian Boxer Celebrates in Style After Impressive Win

Cameroonian middleweight boxer Wilfried Seyi performed a backflip in the middle of the ring after defeating his Colombian opponent on Tuesday in the ongoing Rio Olympics, according to Associated Press.

The 18-year-old boxer dominated his opponent in the first and second rounds with a score of 29-28. Seyi emerged the overall winner of the bout even though he lost the final round, which ended 30-27.

The crowd hailed his excellent performance against Colombia’s finest, Jorge Vivas Palacios, who is ten years older than him.

The win earned him a ticket to the 1/18 finals, raising hopes for a boxing medal for Team Cameroon.

Speaking to Radio France Internationale after the match, the energetic boxer said, “I am very moved because I eagerly prepared for this fight, I studied the battle rhythm of my opponent. It is true that at first I had difficulty because he was physically present and I had to improvise and anticipate to win this fight.”

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Being Cameroon’s flag bearer at the Rio 2016 Olympics, the young boxer understands the huge responsibility on his shoulders and hopes to carry the whole country to glory with a gold medal.

“This win is for me and the entire Cameroonian nation in great joy since I am the flag bearer and I better win to motivate my colleagues,” he said.

His next opponent is the Egyptian champion Hussein Bakr Abdin Hossan, who won the 1/16 final against Mauritanian Merven Clair. The bout is slated for August 12, and the winner will qualify for quarter-finals.

The gold medalist of the 2015 African Games also had a message for his upcoming opponents:

“I intend to win all my fights in succession because I came here (Rio 2016 Olympics) to win all my fights and reach the final.”

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Written by How Africa

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