Boxing: Gicharu and Abaka cruise to boxing finals

Gicharu and Abaka cruise to boxing finals

Kenya's Benson Gicharu Njangiru (L) fights Guyana's Imran Khan (R) in their men's boxing Bantam (56kg), round of 32 bout at the SECC Precinct during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on July 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC

Light heavy weight boxer Nick Abaka of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and bantamweight Benson Gicharu of Kenya Police made a formidable comeback to the local scene from Amateur Professional Boxing Championships with sweet victories at the third leg of the National Boxing League at Ananas Supermarket Mall in Thika on Friday.

Both boxers secured an identical 3-0 wins against their opponents to qualify for the finals of the tournament.

Although Abaka lost in the first two legs of the league while Gicharu won on his first attempt by hitting Simon Kinuthia of Oscar Kassongo Sports Academy, the KDF diminutive player this time managed to cruise to the finals after he outwitted Joseph Odhiambo of Nairobi Metropolitan.

Staying calm 

The duo was among the three Kenyan APB boxers who decided not to join the paid ranks after welterweight Rayton Okwiri of Kenya Prisons turned full professional after world governing boxing body abolished the APB Championships as sponsors pulled out of the tournament.

Gicharu was set to take on Brian Agina of Coast in the finals yesterday. Agina had beaten experienced Isaac Meja of KDF 3-0 in a one-sided semifinal clash.

In his first two attempts, Abaka was stopped by policeman Elly Ajowi after he (Abaka) moved to light heavy (81kg) from middleweight (74kg) while Ajowi dropped to light heavy (81kg) from heavyweight (91kg).

Abaka was scheduled to face off with Ajowi in the finals for the third time after the policeman knocked out Kevin Ogutu of Thika in another light heavyweight semifinal match.

Police deputy coach John Waweru exuded confidence of winning the Thika Championships. [Ben Ahenda]

Next Story
LATEST STORIES
Matches resume after disputed poll case heads to Supreme Court

After two weeks of uncertainty, football action returns this weekend with the GOtv shield taking centre stage.

Sofapaka and Nakumatt tie rescheduled

The Sofapaka and Nakumatt fixture initially slated for Sunday has been brought forward to Saturday.

IOC orders NOCK to complete elections

The National Olympic Committee of Kenya have been directed to conduct its long-due elections before the end of next month.

Monaco star Kylian Mbappe left out of squad again as PSG deal edges closer

Kylian Mbappe has been left out of the Monaco side to face Metz on Friday.

Everton eye shock loan move for Diego Costa

Chelsea playmaker Diego Costa could be set for a shock loan move to Everton.

Former Manchester United defender Brown joins Indian side Kerala Blasters

Indian Super League's Kerala Blasters have signed former Manchester United defender Wes Brown ahead of the 2017-18 season, the Kochi-based franchise said on Tuesday.

More Stories
Boxing: BAK pleads for release of State funds

Boxing Association of Kenya has appealed to the Government to release funds to help in the national team's preparations ahead of the World Boxing Championships in Hamburg, Germany, from August 25 to September 3.

Kenyan boxer Raymond ‘King Kong’ Ochieng knocks out American heavyweight champion David ‘Nino’ Rodriguez

Kenya’s heavyweight Raymond ‘King Kong’ Ochieng made history on Friday night when he knocked down America’s and world champion David ‘Nino’ Rodriguez at the Southwest University Events Center in El Paso, Texas.