Kenyans sparkle but Adie calls for full purse from pro­moter

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local - BY MUIGAI KIGURU/

Kenyan box­ers reigned supreme dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral “Mak­ing of a Cham­pion” se­ries, win­ning five of the six fights at the Sa­fari­com In­door Arena on Satur­day night.

In the night’s main fight, Kenyan Gabriel Ochieng, over­pow­ered his Tan­za­nian op­po­nent Juma Fundi knock­ing him out in the third of their 10 round ban­tamweight bout.

The win saw the 30 year-old Ochieng im­prove to an 183-4 record while the more ex­pe­ri­enced Fundi dropped to 40-11-0. The 22 year-old An­der­son Si­funa de­feated Tan­za­nia’s 19 year-old Hyadan Mchanjo of Tan­za­nia af­ter amass­ing 230 points against the lat­ter’s 229 in a closely fought 1o-round su­per­feather fight.

Another Tan­za­nian, debu­tant Baraka Mwaka­sopa fell to his more ex­pe­ri­enced host in a sec­ond round TKO of their eight-round su­per­mid­dle weight en­counter. Michael Od­hi­ambo needed a third round TKO to stop his Ugan­dan op- po­nent Ed­ward Kakembo in a 10-round light­weight bout to im­prove on his record to 14-5-0 vas the Ugan­dan dropped 11-2-0. The only ladies’ bout saw Judy Waguthi emerge vic­to­ri­ous in an all-Kenyan en­counter against Con­so­lata Mu­sanga.

Waguthi col­lected 79 points against the losers 73. South African David Ra­juli pre­vented a Kenyan clean sweep as he de­feated his host Michael ‘Shaka’ Nyawade on unan­i­mous de­ci­sion.

Mean­while, a war of words has erupted be­tween the events or­gan­iser, “Big­ger than Life Pro­mo­tions” and Bernard Adie’s coach Julius Od­hi­ambo who wants the pugilist to be paid his full purse de­spite the can­cel­la­tion of his fight. This is first against Mar­cel­lus Brown and again against former heavy­weight cham­pion Hasim Rah­man.

Adie was al­legedly paid Sh30,000 but in­sists he should be paid the full amount of Sh150,000 “as per the con­tract.”


Kenya’s Michael Nyawade (L) fights David Ra­jwili of South Africa dur­ing their Mac Se­ries Pro­fes­sional Box­ing Bon­aza at Sa­fari­com In­door Arena .

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