Ajowi crowned af­ter win over Prisons’ Ogutu

Po­lice­man tri­umphs as top box­ers give Kenya Open wide berth

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

SAMSON ATEKA @samson ateka

In­ter­na­tional Elly Ajowi of Kenya Po­lice ‘Cha­fua Cha­fua’ fought to an em­phatic 3-0 vic­tory to be crowned the 2016 Kenya Open cham­pion as ac­tion ended at Kaloleni So­cial Hall, Nairobi over the week­end.

Ajowi, who is Kenya’s first choice lightheavy­weight de­feated Kennedy Ogutu 3-0 to be crowned this year’s Kenya Open cham­pion.

Ajowi, who failed in his bid to make it to Rio Olympic dur­ing Yaoundé qual­i­fiers last March, fought his heart out tor­ment­ing his op­po­nent with heavy punches on the head.

In the lat­ter stages of the bout, the Prisons ‘boxer ap­peared to fiz­zle out but went the full dis­tance, los­ing on points. This year’s event, how­ever, turned out to be an an­ti­cli­max with sev­eral Kenya team main­stays giv­ing it a wide berth.

And for the first time in many years, Kenya De­fence Forces (for­merly Afaba) failed to en­ter a boxer in the fi­nals af­ter bench­ing six of their first choice box­ers.

KDF of­fi­cials couldn’t be reached for com­ment but sources in­di­cated that they are pre­serv­ing them for In­ter Bri­gades Cham­pi­onships slated for early De­cem­ber.

KDF box­ers, who failed to hon­our this year’s edi­tion in­cluded Olympian Nick Okoth (light­weight), wel­ter­weight Black Moses Mathenge, su­per heavy­weight Fred­er­ick Ramogi, mid­dleweight Edwin Okongo, Vic­tor Od­hi­ambo (light wel­ter­weight) and fly­weight Si­mon Mun­gai. Prisons were with­out Har­ri­son Mathuku and Olympian Aziz Ali, who got in­jured dur­ing last month’s na­tional league cham­pi­onship.

Po­lice fielded a near-full strength team with their light wel­ter­weight Joseph Shi­gali beat­ing Hud­son Mwiti of Coast to the Kenya Open ti­tle.

It was a bit­ter pill for Jack­son Ok­wiri to swal­low af­ter he lost the fly­weight final to Den­nis Muthama of Nairobi. Jack­son, a younger sibling of Olympian and APB star Ray­ton Ok­wiri, lost the bout 1-2 but not with­out a fight. He gave the Nairobi boxer as much as he re­ceived in the three-rounder.

Kenya’s Elly Ajowi (R) in pre­vi­ous ac­tion in Baku, Kaza­khstan.

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