Okwiri targets 2016 Rio Olympics
12 June 2015, 11:56
Nairobi - Rayton Okwiri has emerged as Kenya's number one welterweight boxer.
Okwiri is determined to claim victory in
his next two fights of the 2015 AIBA Pro-Boxing season as he hopes to
qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
The 28-year-old will link up with Kenyan
amateur boxer Benson Gicharu, who needs to beat Alberto Melian to
qualify for Rio 2016, in Germany for pre-event intensive training.
Okwiri has stated that he is under good
mentors as he aims to achieve his goals and that he is at a stage of his
career where every fight is a must-win for him.
He is currently under the tutelage of
Maurice 'Kawata' Maina, Patrick Maina and John Waweru, who are all
trusted by the welterweight superstar.
"I am glad that I am working out under
very able hands of coaches who are AIBA accredited," a focused Okwiri
"My next two bouts are must-win for me
if I am to qualify for the Rio Olympics. This is indeed the most crucial
moment of my career considering that I have never featured at the
Olympics. I'm glad also that Gicharu is only a heartbeat away from Rio."
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