Barry Silah @obel_barry
It was a night of blood and sweat Saturday as Impala Grounds in Nairobi played host to top-level bouts, which saw Kenyans shine.
Out of 11 fights christened ‘The Awakening,’ seven were technical knockouts, one draw and three went unanimous according to judges’ decision.
However the highlight of night was Consolata Musanga and Gabriel Ochien’g who won vacant Universal Boxing Organisation (UBO) belts against meek Tanzanian opponents by technical knockouts.
The stout Ochieng’ who was gunning for the UBO Bantamweight belt was brisk with his effective jabs as he wowed the crowd with his ring control.
Nicknamed ‘Ochinigga’ by fans, the artistry he portrayed was so overwhelming that it only took him 36 seconds to force his opponent Ramadhan Kumbele to kiss the canvas. His 18th career win send the partisan home crowd into raptures.
An elated Ochieng’ who is trained by veteran coach Julius Odhiambo told People Sports afterwards that his tactics worked right. “I knew my strategy going into the fight and it was made easy when I noticed my opponent’s erratic movements and I took advantage to attack early. I am happy with my performance but I would have wished for a serious fight,” he said.
Musanga was also in check as she literally destroyed the hapless Rehema Abdallah to claim the UBO Female Lightweight title belt. What was meant to be a six round bout ended real quick as the ruthless Kenyan boxer pounced on her much smaller opponent with little mercy.
Twice she had to be stopped from punishing her challenger who struggled to land a punch. Just shortly after the second round bell, Musanga connected a hook to send Abdallah sprawling thus winning easy inside 1:15 seconds.
Meanwhile Cruiserweight boxer Aziz Kolombo of Kenya and Super Middleweight Daniel Wanyonyi also won. Power packed Wanyonyi floored his Tanzanian opponent Jacob Maganga in the first round with a technical knockout after downing his challenger thrice. Kolombo on his part had to wait until the fifth round to produce a power hook to send Ugandan opponent Charles Kakande onto the ropes.