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Results From Nairobi, Kenya

13.11.05: Professional boxing in Kenya is currently enjoying a massive up-swing with lots of activity, and more active promoters and boxers than have been the case in many years. On Saturday afternoon (November 12) at the Pal Pal Gymnasium in Nairobi, six fights was staged on a small show promoted by still active former African heavyweight champion Joseph Akhasamba, in cooperation with Risum Boxing, Fight Production and Pro Team Ashira Oure..

Former Kenyan champion David Kiilu headlined in a six-rounder and moved his record to 21-6-2 (10) by outpointing fellow Nairobian Stephen Njunguna in a super featherweight bout. Kiilu proved too slippery for the less experienced, but brave, Njunguna, and with a fight reportedly scheduled for next month, Kiilu chose to play the safe card, and coasted to a landslide unanimous decision.

Co-promoter Akhasamba, boxing at cruiserweight, tuned up for a low-key title fight in Russia on December 3, when he made short work of Ugandan trial horse Mustapha Noor. Akhasamba finished the visitor off in the first round (TKO), and recorded his fifth straight victory in a 16-7-1 (12) career that has now spanned more than eleven years.

Undefeated super middleweight Samson Onyango improved to 5-0 (3) as he unanimously outscored wild-swinging Stephen Esonga over four rounds. Esonga tried hard, but Onyango was far superior physically and technically, and never looked bothered by his foe. Veteran Joseph Njoka Ngandu moved to 9-9-2, when he also won all rounds of a middleweight four-rounder against Debutant Lucas Ochieng.

Female featherweight contender Damaris Muthoni showed a lot of determination, scoring three knockdowns before the referee took a look at the swollen face of Ugandan Nantongo Mulinde and waved the fight off in round four of a scheduled six. Muthoni, coming off a decision-loss in Germany to now-world champion Ina Menzer, thereby improved her record to 7-3-2 with 3 knockouts.

At welterweight, Stanley Ashioya Katibi stopped novice Ben Alando in the second round, and took his ledger to 7-3-1 (3). Katibi is the younger brother of former two-time world title challenger Evans “The African Warrior” Ashira, but have never reached the same level of competition as his sibling. This was however his fourth win in his last five fights, and he could be moving towards bigger things, at least at local level.

Article posted on 13.11.2005



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