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Excitement as AKO 3 ends with masterclass display


The African Knockout (AKO) Championship season 2024 got off to an explosive start on Saturday, March 2 and the card delivered masterclass performances with the main event of the night ending in just 2 minutes while other fights were decided on knockouts and decision victories.
The main event of the AKO 3 fight night between Josias ‘the K.O Wizard’ Musasa from Democratic Republic of Congo and Abdelghani Saber of Egypt ended in the first round.
Musasa, living up to his alias, took less than two minutes to win the featherweight fight, beating his Egyptian opponent by technical knockout.
The partisan crowd that packed the BoxMall at the Sol Beach, Oniru, were disappointed as Nigeria’s Segun Ogunnoiki suffered defeat against Flex Munwe from Democratic Republic of Congo in the Middleweight Division.
The co-main event had the ‘Machine Gun’ on the back foot in all three rounds against Munwe who recorded split decision victory and ensured that Congolese fighters returned to Lubumbashi victorious from AKO 3.
The night started badly for Nigeria when Abdulbasit Bello suffered defeat in the first fight of the AKO 3 card, losing against Uganda’s James Opio. The Ugandan dominated the lightweight fight en route to a second round technical knockout win.
Dennis Johnson gave home fans something to cheer for in the second fight of the night. The Nigerian did enough to record a split decision victory over Israel Mano of Burkina Faso in the light-heavyweight division.
The night got better for Nigeria and cheers went louder for Jackiel ‘Smiling Assasin’ Anyana who stunned Benard Seret of Kenya in the lightweight division with a technical knockout win after a perfect head-kick.
The Women’s Bantamweight division between Precious Okoh of Nigeria and Togo’s Cythia Jibidar was stopped by the referee. The Togolese dominated the fight and scored a technical knockout win over Okoh.
The first of two Nigeria/Ivory Coast contests saw Nigeria’s Cornell Thompson deliver a wrestling masterclass to secure a unanimous decision win over Francios Ahizi in the featherweight division.
Ahizi’s defeat to Thompson was swiftly avenged by Xavier Adams Boa who totally knocked out Ugochukwu Melvin of Nigeria in the light-heavyweight contest.
The lightweight fight between Jibrin Inuwa Baba of Nigeria and Jean Do Santos from Benin Republic ended in a split decision win for the Beninois.
The African Knockout – the leading Mixed Martial Arts organization in Africa is propelling the fast growing sport in the continent, helping talents to achieve the goal of competing at the top level and build professional careers by following the steps of the global stars, Kamaru Usman and Israel Adesanya.
The 2024 AKO season, featuring over 40 professional Mixed Martial Artists from over 15 African countries, continues in May with the African Knockout Championship 4.
The African Knockout (AKO) is a pan-African professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion, serving the Nigerian and African audience. AKO was founded in October 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria and, in 2021, the first African-born UFC World Champion, Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman joined the company.

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