Uganda’s only female boxer to the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games in England, Teddy Nakimuli, earned a medal without breaking any sweat in the ring. This followed the bizarre incident in which her opponent Sara Haghighat-Joo from Sierra Leone failed to make the weight for their scheduled bout in the round-of-eight on Wednesday, August 3.
The games organisers awarded a walkover win to Nakimuli, who progressed to the semifinals of the women’s light flyweight category. By virtue of boxing in the semis, Nakimuli is already assured of a bronze medal.
This means she becomes Uganda’s first-ever female boxing medalist at the Commonwealth Games. She now has better chances of winning either silver or gold at Birmingham’s Exhibition Centre arena.
It was, however, not a good outing for the country’s boxing team skipper Joshua Tukamuhebwa, who lost to Canadian Wyatt Sanford in the light welterweight quarterfinal bout.
Tukamuhebwa put up a recommendable show in the ring but was out-pointed by Sanford on a 4-1 judges’ decision defeat.