Harrison Kivisu @PeopleSports11
Kenya Police are the new Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) league champions after they disarmed rivals Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) during the fifth and final boxing finals staged at a packed Uwanja Wa Mbuzi Grounds in Mombasa.
In what looked like an all forces affair, coming from behind with 79 points against 82, Determined Police needed a single point to collect a total of 103 points ahead of defending champions KDF who managed to bag 102 points in the overall to concede defeat.Before the fifth series KDF had an upper hand boasting of having on the first, third and fourth legs while Police had won the second leg.
The narrow win for police was noticeably expected owing to the fact that out of nine boxers who featured in the finals, six of them managed to win their bouts, while KDF only six boxers in the finals only four managed to win their bouts.
Trouble for KDF started when bantamweight Isaac Meja was beaten 2-1 by two-time Olympics and Commonwealth participant Benson Gicharu of Police in the second bout. KDF continued to suffer yet another blow after its side in the welterweight category boxer Moses Mathenge was also eliminated by Boniface Mugunde of Police to concede a second defeat.
Another win for Police was when Shaffi Bakari of light fly weight pulled a surprise when he eliminated Harrison Mathuku of Kenya Prisons despite his opponent having an upper hand owing to his commendable body posture.
In other bouts KDF light heavy Nick Abaka triumphed against Tobias Okeyo of Police before Elly Ajowy also from the disciplined forces forcing a first round win after his opponent Julius Atito of Prisons surrendered during the first round of the bout.
In the special category featuring women Damaris Mutindi of Kongowea succumbed to a 3-0 defeat by Everlyne Akinyi of Kisumu combined while Ruth Odongo of Kisumu won by 2-1 points against Lorna Kusa of Kentrack as Veronica Mbithe of Dallas suffered a 2-1 defeat by Kentraco’s Christine Ongare.