Ghanaian Ornella Sathoud, whose story has sparked interest because she holds a PhD in analytical chemistry, fought today, July 29.
She lost her middleweight boxing bout to Kerry Davis of England at the current Commonwealth Games.
Ornella – who has a Congolese father and a Ghanaian mother – will turn 35 this year, while Kerry is ten years younger and was clearly quicker and more skilled in the fight.
Kerry is a multiple champion among several top competitors. His mother was a national athlete for England in karate, so she practiced it throughout her childhood. But she didn’t like it too much. In fact, Kerry was very good at football!
It was at 15 that she switched to boxing because she felt more competent and could see a better future in it.
“Football went out the window as soon as I started boxing. I like it because it’s an individual sport, so even if it makes things a bit more difficult, you don’t have to rely on someone else. You get what you put in.
Kerry tried twice to make the national boxing team and failed. This time she traveled to the Commonwealth Games.
Beating Ornella means Kerry qualifies for the last 16.