Boxing in the country is set to reclaim its lost glory in the under its new found leadership.
To achieve this the new president of the Boxing Association of Kenya Antony Otieno alias Jamal organized a training session and meal sharing with boxers in the Nairobi region at the Nyayo Stadium to understand the problems they are facing with similar events expected to be happen across the country
Speaking exclusively to Ghetto Radio Sports Jamal said the high number of boxers in attendance showed there is boxing talent in Kenya which needs to be tapped to boost the sport in the country.
“About 120 boxers attended the event which shows there is boxing talent in country which needs to be exposed through the right investment and motivation of the boxers.” Said Jamal
Jamal took over the president’s position in the Boxing Association of Kenya following a landslide victory in an election that was overseen by the IEBC
The boxing president says his ambition is to see the sport become a lucrative sport in the country and regain its lost glory.
“My dream is to redeem the lost glory of boxing in the country and to ensure that boxers can be able to sustain their livelihood through boxing like we are currently seen other sportsmen able to sustain themselves in other fields like football.” Added Jamal
Currently the boxers are preparing themselves for the third league games that will be held in Mombasa this weekend in preparation for the All African Games in Morocco
Jamal says they are working on equipping boxing gyms in different neighborhoods in the country through Ndondi Mashinani to encourage more boxers in different communities who have the talent but lack facilities
“My goal is to ensure we promote boxing by equipping our boxing clubs and through organizing boxing tournaments between different clubs and counties. We will also ensure we engage in exchange programs with countries that have boxing heritage like Cuba and Russia to motivate our boxers.” Said Jamal
Early this year jamal and Nairobi governor Mike Sonko worked together to rescue veteran boxing champions Suleiman Bilali and Conjestina Achieng as they had sunk into drug addiction and depression after their careers came to an end.