Defending champions Kenya Police have jumped to the top of the National Boxing League after winning the third leg of the league championships in Nanyuki over the weekend.
Police amassed 30 points to win the Nanyuki championships ahead of arch-rivals Kenya Defence Forces who posted 22 points
Coming third were Nairobi, Laikipia, and Kongowea who tied on seven points ahead of Kibra five, Kisumu four, Vihiga three, Githurai 44 three, and Mbaraki one point. Meru County trailed with no points.
As a result, the policemen’s victory catapulted them to the top of the log with 78 points beating the soldiers with four points.
Nairobi County are third with 20 points ahead of Kibra 13, Kisumu 12, Githurai 44 11, Laikipia nine, Kajiado eight, Kongowea seven, Vihiga seven, Meru five, Mbaraki four and Siaya two points.
During the league championships, it was evident the policemen were headed for victory after placing ten boxers in the finals as opposed to the KDF’s eight pugilists, as the race for the title starts to hot up.
Out of ten police finalists, six boxers won their bouts compared to KDF’s four boxers.
They were flyweight David Karanja, bantamweight Shaffi Bakari, lightweight Ethan Maina, welterweight Steve Olang’, heavyweight Joshua Wasike, and super heavyweight Elly Ajowi.
Karanja beat Kelvin Maina of KDF on the Referee the Stop Contest rule in the first round, Bakari defeated Ray Mwangi of Kongowea 3-0, Maina saw off Joshua Olive of Nairobi 3-0, Olang’ beat Fred Omondi of KDF on abandonment, Wasike clobbered John Leptila of Laikipia on abandonment and Ajowi defeated experienced military man Fred Ramogi on unanimous points decision.
The four KDF boxers who won their bouts were minimumweight Abednego Kyalo, bantamweight Veronica Mbithe, middleweight Edwin Okong’o and cruiserweight Hezron Maganga.
Kyalo beat George Njau of Githurai 44 3-0, Mbithe defeated Vivian Atieno of Kibra 3-0, Okong’o defeated Kevin Otieno of Kisumu on RSC and Maganga beat policeman David Njuguna on RSC second round.
Minimumweight (48kg) –George Njau of Githurai 44 lost to Abednego Kyalo of KDF on a unanimous points decision.
Flyweight (49kg) – David Karanja of Police beat Kelvin Maina of KDF on RSC first round.
Bantamweight (54kg) – Shaffi Bakari of Police beat Ray Mwangi of Kongowea 3-0.
Veronica Mbithe of KDF defeated Vivian Atieno of Kibra 3-0.
Lightweight (60kg) –Ethan Maina of Police defeated Joshua Olive of Nairobi 3-0.
Welterweight (67kg) – Policeman Steve Olang’ beat Fred Omondi of KDF on abandonment.
Middleweight (74kg) - Edwin Okong’o of KDF Kevin Otieno of Kisumu on RSC.
Cruiserweight (86kg) – Hezron Maganga beat policeman David Njuguna on RSC second round. Heavyweight (92kg) – Joshua Wasike of Police beat John Leptila of Laikipia on abandonment.
Super heavyweight (Over 92kg) – Elly Ajowi dismissed Fred Ramogi of KDF 3-0.