All systems go as 2023 World Boxing tournament begins in India

Kenya's Amina Martha during a training session at Mathare Police Depot. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

With the late arrival of teams yesterday, Kenya led African teams that entered full squads in the World Women Boxing Championships that boxes-off this evening in New Delhi, India.

Kenya has entered a full squad of 11 boxers and ranks among countries that entered the largest contingents in the global showpiece.

Morocco, another African has entered five boxers while Tanzania has three players as most countries had less than six players.

With a full squad, Kenya aims at restoring her lost glory as one of the former powerful boxing nations as was in seventies to nineties by laying out a-six-point-agenda on how to win medals in the global tournament.

Head coach Musa Benjamin said they are ready to see Kenyan boxers reclaim the lost glory that saw retired flyweight-boxer Steve Muchoki become the first African boxer to win a gold medal at the World Boxing Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1978.

He said he had taught his boxers on advanced computer scoring knowledge among the pivot factors that could see them reach the medal bracket.

"Knowledge of the computer scoring system by my boxers now gives me the pleasure to believe they'll do better than before for us to reach the medal bracket," Benjamin told Standard Sports.

He said accurate punches on target and the possibility to dominate the bouts against their opponents could see his boxers have a high chance to win matches.

"These two points are crucial to the team after we adhere to the computer scoring system that could see us advance to the medal bracket," he explained. [Ben Ahenda]


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