Two boxers dropped from Kenya's Commonwealth squad
08 July 2014, 14:47
Nairobi - Two boxers who failed to meet the fitness requirements for the Kenya
'Hit Squad' camp at the Safaricom Kasarani Stadium have been dropped
ahead of the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Kenya boxing coach Albert Matitor revealed that men's
superheavyweight contender Daniel Sishia of Kenya Prisons and women's
lightweight fighter Lornah Kusa of Nairobi were ejected from the camp on
The coach noted that Sishia has failed to impress in recent tournaments and was still not at his fighting best.
“Out of the ten men, two were to be dropped ahead of the Commonwealth
Games but this has changed after the world amateur boxing association
Aiba, allowed us to increase the men’s slot by one,” Matitor told FeverPitch.
“So we will be taking nine male and two female boxers whom we already have in camp.”
While the team awaits its sparring partners, Matito said the team’s
focus would shift to the electronic scoring system to ensure all boxers
are up to speed with developments before they head to Glasgow.
“It is good we have the machine. It was given to us by Aiba from the
World Championship in Khazagastan last year,” the coach noted.
“This machine is vital as it helps the boxers to initiate skills for
points during bouts. Other techniques I will be teaching this week are
endurance, speed and scores.”
Four boxers who attended the previous Commonwealth Games in Delhi were part of the camp.
They are bronze medalist Nick Okoth, silver medalist and Olympian
Benson Gicharu, Elly Ajowi and this year’s Sri Lanka’s King Lion
International Boxing welter weight champion Rayton Okwiri.
Kenya Defence Force (KDF) boxer Okoth said his focus is on gold in
the lightweight category following his good performance in Delhi.
“With the kind of training I am receiving now, I am hoping to reap a higher medal in Glasgow,” Okoth said.
Likewise, Kenya Police boxer Gicharu, the sole 2012 London Olympics
men’s representative, said he is hoping to gain mileage in Glasgow.
“We train three times a day and this has no doubt put me in great
shape,” said Gicharu, currently the best bantamweight boxer in the
country in the amateur category.
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