Article By MUIGAI KIGURU | Nov. 07, 2016, 5:00 | Images by Jimmy Shigi
Kenyan boxers reigned supreme during the inaugural “Making of a Champion” series, winning five of the six fights at the Safaricom Indoor Arena on Saturday night.
In the night’s main fight, Kenyan Gabriel Ochieng, overpowered his Tanzanian opponent Juma Fundi knocking him out in the third of their 10 round bantamweight bout.
The win saw the 30 year-old Ochieng improve to an 18-3-4 record while the more experienced Fundi dropped to 40-11-0.
The 22 year-old Anderson Sifuna defeated Tanzania’s 19 year-old Hyadan Mchanjo of Tanzania after amassing 230 points against the latter’s 229 in a closely fought 1o-round superfeather fight.
Another Tanzanian, debutant Baraka Mwakasopa fell to his more experienced host in a second round TKO of their eight-round supermiddle weight encounter.
Michael Odhiambo needed a third round TKO to stop his Ugandan opponent Edward Kakembo in a 10-round lightweight bout to improve on his record to 14-5-0 vas the Ugandan dropped 11-2-0.
The only ladies’ bout saw Judy Waguthi emerge victorious in an all-Kenyan encounter against Consolata Musanga.
Waguthi collected 79 points against the losers 73. South African David Rajuli prevented a Kenyan clean sweep as he defeated his host Michael ‘Shaka’ Nyawade on unanimous decision… (read more here)
Article Courtesy of ERICK OCHIENG’ |Images : Jimmy Shigi
Gabriel Ochieng floored Juma Fundi of Tanzania in the third round of the ten round bantamweight bout at the Making of A Champion boxing contest at Kasarani Indoor Arena on Saturday night.
By winning the fight, Ochieng increased his chances of taking part in the Africa Boxing Union (ABU) title fight that will be part of the series at the venue on January 21 next year.
“My opponent was worthy, but I was blessed with tactics which I utilised to clear him off. I am looking forward to take part in other future bouts in this series,” said Ochieng.
But Fundi has not given up challenging Ochieng as
he said he was planning to return to Kenya for a proper fight when he feels he is ready to take him head on again.
Ochieng, 30, dominated the first two rounds of the fight before finishing off the visiting 24-year old pugilist with a left hook
Anderson Sifuna, 22, was taken to task against Hydan Mchanjo of Tanzania even though the home boy eventually won by a point after the fight ended 230-229 to Sifuna’s favour. Both were contesting a ten round super featherweight bout.
ABU title holder Daniel Wanyonyi, 33, also extended his clean run from last year by knocking out Baraka Mwakasope, also 33 years, in the second round of the eight round super middleweight contest. Michael Odhiambo won his ten round lightweight fight against Edward Kakembo of Uganda on a technical knockout in round three…(read more here)
Story by Phillip Orwa
American former Professional boxer Michael Moore will be the special guest during the forthcoming ‘Making of a Champion’, Series Five professional boxing that will be staged at Kasarani Indoor Arena from November 5, 2016.
The three time heavyweight Champion, who competed from 1988 to 2008 and held the World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight title from 1988 to 1991, and won the WBO heavyweight title from 1992 to 1994.
Kenya Professional Boxing Commission (KPBC) chairman Hillary Alila said: “We are going to stage the Making of a Champion Series five Professional Boxing at Kasarani and the special guest will be the three-time Heavyweight champion, Michael Moore.”
Alila revealed that the event was organised in a bid to bring boxing back into the limelight.
“The event is being organised by KPBC in conjunction with top US boxing promotional firm ‘Bigger Than Life Promotion’ that has agreed to bring to Kenya a World Boxing Organization (WBO) title fight,” he added.
“Negotiations between KPBC, WBO and Bigger Than Life Promotions to bring the belt to Kenya for contest have already been finaliSed and on November 5 and 6 Kenyans will be able to watch a WBO title fight in the country,”
The Chairman said that boxers likely to be involved during the fight include Africa Boxing Union (ABU) title holder Daniel Wanyonyi and Police pugilist Michael Shaka Nyawade.
Bigger Than Life Entertainment, are a Las Vegas Based Promoters of Boxing.
“Ejay Mathews who is their CEO came personally to Kenya to organise for this,” said Jimmy Shigi the KPBC Public Relations Officer.
Shigi also revealed that the Weighing In and Press Conference is planned for November 4
Shigi added: “The commission is working with the Promoter and their local partner TKO Gym in preparation for the event, entertainment and media promoters are Homeboyz Entertainment and Capital FM.”
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2. 5TH NOVEMBER 2016 – BIGGER THAN LIFE ENTERTAINMENT BOXING EXTRAVAGANZA
The Kenya Professional Boxing Commission has sanctioned the Las Vegas Nevada based Bigger Than Life Entertainment (BTLE) in conjunction with TKO Gym to organize six bouts on the 5th of November 2016. The Weighing in is expected to be on 4th November 2016 at a venue to be confirmed.
The CEO of BTLE E.Jay Mathews received his license from the KPBC Secretary General Franklin Imbenzi and V.Chair George Adipo on Monday, 3rd October 2016.
Jamal Ali of TKO Gym will coordinate with the promoter who promised a night of pure explosion and entertainment like never seen before. The event will be held at the Safaricom Kasarani Stadium Indoor Arena.
More details about the boxers and other news will be shared once the contracts with the boxers have been signed and other logistics finalized.
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