Busia County to stage second leg of Boxing Mashinani bout

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Nineteen teams will head to Busia County for the second leg of the Boxing Association (BAK) National League to be held at Kenya Medical Training College from June13-15.

The BAK National League punched-off on May 9 at Nakuru’s Madison Square Garden preceded by National Novices in Nairobi, Intermediates in Thika and the Kenya Open Boxing Championships which attracted leading boxers including reigning ladies Commonwealth Games Bronze medalist Christine Ongare, international Shaffi Bakari and Lorna Kusa also a national team boxer.

Like the opener in Nakuru, this week’s event has also attracted leading boxers including those from Vihiga county where another tournament was held earlier in the month.

BAK Interim Secretary Isaac Mbote sounded excited of the boxers’ preparedness ahead of the Busia bout.

“The boxers are getting better by event. We have witnessed tremendous progress and indeed significant improvement from county teams and we can only hope for the best in Busia,” Mbote said.

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The idea of BAK events traversing all parts of the county is part of the noble Ndondi Mashinani initiative being used to spread the the game’s tentacles across the county.

Perennial League Champions Kenya Police “Chafua Chafua” have lined up a star-studded squad comprising of Kenya Open champion Cosby Ouma (middle), welterweight Boniface Mugunde, Martin Maina in light-flyweight, Shaffi in flyweight and Martin Oduor in Bantamweight.

Shaffi has since moved a berth up to flyweight division after International Olympic Committee (IOC) dropped his specialty. IOC axed the light-flyweight (49kg) and lightweight (60kg) from Olympics programme.

Shaffi thus made a deliberate move to safeguard his Olympics aspirations ahead of the 2020 Games in Japan.

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Ethan Maina will also box for the Nairobi-based law enforcers in lightweight division with international Elly Ajowi hoping for the best in heavyweight.

Mary Christine of Siaya and Esther Wanjiku of Dallas will be renewing rivalry in Busia for the umpteenth time.

Light flyweight Wanjiku lost 0-3 to Christine in Nakuru’s semis and will be hoping to avenge the defeat.

Alice Waiyego and Pauline Chege both from Nairobi County are expected to shine in the 56kg ladies’ bantamweight division.

Kisumu County has the likes of Kevin Akoko in bantamweight division and welterweight Charles Obonyo.

Trans Nzoia will be represented by among others their leading bantamweight boxer Victor Wangila.

Thika has its usual suspects in Duncan Kamau (fly) and Ken Ogutu in light heavyweight division.

Police’s Humprey Ochieng aka ‘Jakababa’ will be seeking to avenge the two defeats he suffered in the hands of Nairobi hard-hitter Joseph Onyango.

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Onyago, one of the rising stars from the ‘Ndondi Mashinani’ Initiative, has outpunched Jakababa twice in the Kenya Open and the League in Nakuru, and it will be interesting to ascertain just what’s up their sleeves in Busia.

Meanwhile, Mbote announced that plans are at an advanced stage for BAK elections at Kasarani.

BAK agreed to reschedule its long-awaited elections from May 28 to June 28 following a letter from Registrar of Sports Rose Wasike, asking them to postpone the exercise to comply with laid down rules and regulations.

Anthony Otieno Ombok aka ‘Jamal’ will be running for the BAK presidency seeking to unseat Mombasa-based John Kameta.

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