Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali

Pacific boxers miss out on Tokyo

Samoan welterweight Marion Faustino Ah Tong was swept 5-0 by Jordanian fourth seed Zeyad Ishaish in their quarter-final clash in Amman on Sunday.

Ah Tong, 19, who won gold at last year's Pacific Games, received three standing eight counts during the bout with Ishaish advancing to the semi finals by unanimous decision.

The teenager has previously upset Iran's Sajjad Kazemzadeh Poshtiri 3-2 in the previous round, despite receiving a standing eight count in the final round.

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The Sydney-based fighter rose to prominence by winning a silver medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and gold at last year's Pacific Games in Samoa.

He was among up to 10 Samoan boxers intending to travel to the Olympic qualifying tournament last month in Wuhan, China, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The event will now be held in Jordan from 3-11 March and Plodzicki-Faoagali, 20, said it has forced him to reassess his preparation.