Samuel “The Golden Ring Warrior” Takyi has done what had seemed impossible for the past 29 years; winning a medal for Ghana at the Olympic Games.
The 20-year-old defeated Colombian fighter Ceiber Ávila in a split 3-2 decision in the quarter-finals of the Men’s Featherweight division of the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games earlier today 1st August 2021 to at least secure a bronze medal at the competition.
Takyi whose selection for the Ghana national boxing team, the Black Bombers, initially caused eyebrows to raise. He has however won over his doubters with his impressive performances at the Games securing the country’s first boxing medal since middleweight Prince Amartey who took the bronze in Munch 1972 and the country’s first medal since the football team won bronze at Barcelona 1992.
The Ghanaian moves on to the semi-final of the Men’s Featherweight division where he’ll face the USA’s Ragan Duke who defeated Irish boxer, Kurt Walker, in his quarter-final bout.
“The Golden Ring Warrior” has so far defeated Ecuador’s Jean Carlos Caicedo Pachito in the first round of the competition, Colombian fighter Ceiber Ávila in the quarter-final and will be hoping to get past Ragan Duke on Tuesday, 3rd August 2021 for a shot at gold.
Takyi joins Ghanaian Olympic greats Clement Quartey, a light welterweight who won silver in Rome 1960, Eddie Blay a bronze light-welterweight medallist from Tokyo 1964 and Prince Amartey who made history in Munch 1972.