Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- Moroccan boxer Mohammed Rabii, the 2015 welterweight world champion, qualified to the semi finals after beating Irish boxer Steven Donnelly 2-1 at the Rio Olympics, Brazil.
Rabii won the first round 29-27, the second one 29-27, while he lost the last one 27-29.
Rabii has secured a first medal for Morocco after this win.
“I am very happy after this win. I broke the spell. It has been sixteen years since no Moroccan boxer made it to the semis in the Olympic games,” Rabii said.
“Tahar Tamsamani won Morocco’s last boxing medal in 2000,” Rabii added.
“I am very happy as I a have now secured the podium.
“I hope that I’ll play better in the next round, in order to get closer to my end goal and win, God willing, the gold medal,” Rabii stressed.
“There was a lot of pressure today, but I just simply played my way, the way I usually play.
“I hope I will play better in the next game God willing,” Rabii closed.
The Moroccan talisman will face Shakhram Giyasov from Uzbekistan in the next round.
The Moroccan Times.