The long wait is over and its all systems go as 19 teams head to Busia for the second leg of the Boxing Association (BAK) National League.
The BAK National League punched-off on the weekend of May 9-11 at Nakuru’s Madison Square Garden in May preceded by National Novices in Nairobi, Intermediates in Thika and the Kenya Open Boxing Championships which attracted leading boxers including reigning ladies Commonwealth Gaines bronze medalist Christine Ongare, international Shaffi Bakari and Lorna Kusa also a national team boxer.
Busia’s leg will be held at the Kenya Medical Training College from June13-15.
Like the opener in Nakuru, this week’s event has also attracted leading boxers including Vihiga County who recently hosted a tournament earlier in the month.
According to (BAK) Ndondi Mashinani is geared towards regaining Kenya’s lost glory by creating an enabling environment for county teams to realize their potential in boxing.
Standards have been set and only the sky’s the limit. The bouts will feature male and women boxers,” added Mbote.
Perennial League Champions Kenya Police “Chafua Chafua” have lined up a star-studded squad comprising of Kenya Open champion Cosby Ouma (middle), welterweight Boniface Mugunde, Martin Maina in light-flyweight, Shaffi in flyweight and Martin Oduor in Bantamweight.
Shaffi has since moved a berth up to flyweight division after International Olympic Committee (IOC) dropped his specialty.
IOC axed his light-flyweight (49kg) and lightweight (60kg) from Olympics weight program.
This, he said, is a deliberate move to safeguard his Olympics aspirations ahead of the 2020 Games in Japan.
Ethan Maina will also box for the Nairobi based law enforcers in lightweight division with international Elly Ajowi hoping for the best in heavyweight.
Mary Christine of Siaya and Esther Wanjiku of Dallas will be renewing rivalry in Busia for the umpteenth time.
Light flyweight Wanjiku lost 0-3 to Christine in Nakuru’s semis and will be hoping to avenge the defeatwith zest and vigor.
Alice Waiyego and Pauline Chege both from Nairobi County are expected to shine in the 56kg ladies bantamweight division.
Police’s Humprey Ochieng aka ‘Jakababa’ will be seeking to avenge the two defeats he has suffered thus far at the hands of Nairobi hard-hitter Joseph Onyango.
Onyago, one of the rising stars from the ‘Ndondi Mashinani’ Initiative, has outpuched Jakababa twice in the Kenya Open and the League in Nakuru, and it will be interesting to ascertain just what’s up their sleeves in Busia- thrills and spills are guaranteed.