African Games bronze medalist Elly Ajowi from Kenya is a win away from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Ajowi outpunched another Congolese Maroy Sadiki in a split decision (28-29, 28-29, 30-27, 30-27, and 30-27) to reach the semi-finals of their heavyweight contest on Tuesday at the ongoing Africa boxing qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal.
The 37-year-old Ajowi will take on African Games silver medallist Youness Balla from Morocco in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
Ajowi dominated the first round in keeping Sadiki at the end of his punches before winning the round 4-1 (10-9, 9-10, 10-9, 10-9) and went on take the second round 3-2 (9-10, 9-10, 10-9, 10-9, 10-9).
Another Kenyan, Commonwealth games bronze medallist Christine Ongare, 26, also qualified for the semi-finals after she dispatched Congolese Zalia Munga. Ongare meets Rabab Chedder from Morocco in the semis Wednesday.
Three more Kenyan boxers were to take the ring Tuesday night.