Harrison Kivisu and Barry Silah @PeopleSports11
Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) national league entered its fifth and final leg full of promise as bitter rivals Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and Kenya Police slugged it off in search of victory at Uwanja Wa Mbuzi Grounds in Mombasa.
Favourites KDF began well their title defence when Isaac Meja registered the first win of the afternoon against Kisumu Boxing Club Kevin Okoth in the bantamweight category in one of the nail-biting bouts.
In another competition two-time Olympic participant Benson Gicharu of Kenya Police, popularly known as ‘Chafua Chafua’ also secured a win for his side after defeating his opponent James Mugeni of Coast Boxing Club in a bout determined on points. Steven Ndungu of Prisons could not withstand OKSA’s Simon Kinuthia heavy blows to succumb to a 2-1 round defeat.
The competition that marks the end of boxing season league has attracted 24 boxers from different clubs and is set to end tomorrow when the 2017 champions will be crowned. KBF president John Kameta said after the league ends, winners of every club will be subjected to play-offs set for first week of December to select a team that will represent Kenya in the oncoming Commonwealth Games.
“All best boxers in each weight category will be required to go for playoffs to select the best team that will represent the country in the Commonwealth Games set for Gold Coast in Australia from April 4-15,” said Kameta.