Bat­tle of forces

Po­lice and KDF re­new ri­valry as Kenya Open gets un­der­way

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - SAM­SON ATEKA @sam­son ateka

It’s all sys­tems go as the an­nual Kenya Open box­ing Cham­pi­onship starts at Nairobi’s Kaloleni Hall today.

The event has at­tracted lead­ing box­ers from clubs across the coun­try and will be played on an open for­mat with win­ners be­ing de­clared na­tional cham­pi­ons at ev­ery weight cat­e­gory.

Teams ex­pected to en­ter the event in­clude league cham­pi­ons Po­lice, 1999 cham­pi­ons Prisons, Kenya De­fence Forces, Ken­trak, Keny­atta Na­tional Hospi­tal, Nairobi, Nakuru, Nanyuki, Cen­tral and Mom­basa. Pre­lim­i­nary rounds be­gin today with the fi­nals set for to­mor­row.

Kenya Po­lice box­ers still re­joic­ing in their league suc­cess are ex­pected to dom­i­nate the weight classes. Shafie Bakari is among young box­ers Po­lice will field at light fly­weight.

Mau­rice Ochieng will be Po­lice’s first choice boxer at fly­weight class while Martin Odour, will be the man to beat in ban­tamweight.

Kenya De­fence Forces, who are shap­ing up at their show ground base in Jamhuri Park un­der the tute­lage of for­mer in­ter­na­tional Sammy Mag­ima also hope to pro­duce cham­pi­ons in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Other top box­ers in Po­lice’s out­fit are Kenya’s heavy­weight boxer Elly Ajowi and su­per heavy­weight Fred­eric Ramogi.

The sol­diers will field Olympian Nick Okoth at light­weight, in­ter­na­tional Si­mon Mulinge at fly­weight, ban­tamweight Isaac Meja for­merly from Nairobi and Vic­tor Od­hi­ambo welterweight divi­sion.

Black Moses Mathenge will be one of their main box­ers in the welterweight class. Prisons han­dled by 1987 All Africa Games gold medal­ist Mau­rice Maina “Kawata” have only four box­ers in their team.

They will be with­out their main box­ers fly­weight Har­ri­son Mathuku and Olympian Aziz Ali, who got injured in Nakuru dur­ing the league’s sea­son fi­nale.


Kenya Po­lice heavy­weight boxer Elly Ajowi.

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