Ajowi crowned after win over Prisons’ Ogutu
Policeman triumphs as top boxers give Kenya Open wide berth
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.