Kenya to host commonwealth welterweight championships
17 July 2015, 09:19
Nairobi - Kenya will for the first time host the glamorous commonwealth welterweight championship tournament at the Nyayo national stadium.
The fight that is scheduled to take place on July 31 will pit Kenya's James Onyango against Patrick Authairwe from Uganda in the welterweight category.
Making the announcement Thursday, Africa commonwealth President Reuben Ndolo said the championship is a gateway to top international success in boxing.
"Kenya is lucky to have a chance of hosting this big tournament and I am confident the fight will help to market Kenya," said Ndolo.
Being a former commonwealth lightweight champion, Onyango has fought 29 fights where he won 18 (16 by KO), lost 10 and drew 1.
Trained by Alfred Anjere, he remained optimistic of winning the fight for Kenya.
"I know it’s not going to be easy but I am certain that I have prepared well and I know home ground advantage will work in my favour," he said while asking fans to turn up in large numbers and cheer him on.
Also on the cards will be the national title ladies fight that will see Sarah Achieng battle with Everline Odero.
The two title fights will be preceded by two formality fights; Fred Nyakesa vs John Gicharu and Nick Otieno vs Elijah Mringie.
Big Time Boxing, promoters of the event, promised to deliver consistent events with the aim of returning the game back to the limelight.
Director David Mugambi said plans are underway to have tournaments in each of the 47 counties so as to nurture boxing talents across the country.
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