Lance Corporal Frederick Onyango (in blue) taking on Elly Ajowi from Kenya Police in heavy weight category.
Ulinzi boxing team scooped the second position in the recently concluded Sportpesa National Boxing League. The team garnered 102 points closely following the Kenya Police Team with 103 points who were crowned champions despite the officiating controversies in favour of the Kenya Police team in the 5th and final leg of the League that was held at Uwanja wa Mbuzi Grounds in Kongowea Mombasa. The leg was a three day event that ran from 9th to 11th November 2017.
The tournament kicked off with a win from Senior Private (Spte) Kevin Maina of Fly Weight category who contested against Kevin Wasi of Kongowea club while Senior Private (Spte) Issac Meja defeated Kevin Akoko of Kisumu club at the Bantam category in match three of the day.
In the heavily contested day two matches, Sergeant (Sgt) Blackmoses Mathenge of Welter category defeated Husein Said of Kongowea while Bombadier (Bdr) Fredrick Ramogi moved the crowed with his incredible ring moves and won against George Awiti of Kenya prisons at the Super Heavyweight, then Corporal (Cpl) Nick Abaka ended the day with a win in the Light Heavy Weight category against Peter Buti of Kenya police.
During the finals Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) Fredrick Onyango lost to Elly Ajowi of Police Boxing team at the Heavy Weight category, Corporal (Cpl) Nick Okoth outshined Steve Onyango of Kibra Boxing club at Light Weight category while Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) Victor Odhiambo flexed his muscles to win the Light Welter Weight against John Juma of Kibra.
To end the day, Brian Agina defeated Private (Pte) Simon Mulinge of KDF at Fly Weight category and (Spte) Issac Meja lost the Bantam Category to Benson Gicharu of police.
Speaking during the event, the president of the boxing association of Kenya John Kameta hinted that the aim of the event was not only to come up with the best boxing club in the country but also to select boxers who would represent Kenya in the fourth-coming Commonwealth Games.
He further added that the association would hold another tournament in the month of December whereby the 1st and 2nd teams will compete to come up with the overall winner while the best boxers from all the teams will also battle it out to come up with the national champion.
Citing irresponsibility among some officials, the president assured all officials, referees and boxers that stringent measures would be taken to ensure that there were no favours in match officiating and promised dire consequences to all those who would be found indulging in either corrupt activities or favouring boxers during match officiating.
Kameta commended all the teams that participated in this year’s tournament that was sponsored by Sportpesa and urged all team managers and coaches to ensure that they tapped and nurtured young talents in the society and made boxing a competitive sport that can be used as income generating sport.
Present during the event were Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Paul Mung’ori Officer in Charge (OIC) KDF boxing team, Lt Col Eric Oloo Commanding Officer 78 Battalion, KDF team manager Senior Sergeant (SSgt) Ben Mainge, KDF boxing head coach SGT Samuel Magima.
Cpl Nick Abaka (in blue) punches his challenger Peter Buti from Kenya Prison in the Light Heavy Weight category.
BDR Frederick Ramogi (in red) throws an upper cut to his opponent George Awiti from Kenya Prison in blue in the super heavy weight category.
Isaac Meja (in red) and Benson Gicharu in blue from Kenya police challenge one other in Bantam weight category
In the light weight Cpl Nick Okoth (in blue) challenges Steve Onyango from Kibra
L/Cpl Victor Odhiambo (in red) after blocking a blow from John Juma in red of Kibra in the light welter weight.