19 December 2004

Kenya: Conjestina Wins World Title

Nairobi — Kenya's Conjestina Achieng' became the first African woman to win a world title after defeating Uganda's Fiona Tugume yesterday.

The victory stretched her record to 9-0 and earned her the vacant Women's International Boxing Federation (WIBF) title before an enthusiastic crowd at the Nyayo National Stadium.

"I feel on cloud nine and I am now calling on the big girls of the middleweight class to come forward and challenge me,' said. The Kenyan is ranked fifth behind Laila Ali (daughter to legendary Mohamad Ali) in the middleweight world rankings said.

However, Achieng' was not as sharp as when the two boxers met in October at the same venue in an non-title bout.

Achieng' allowed the Ugandan more breathing space in the first two rounds but came back forcibly in the third with swift left and right deliveries. Whenever Achieng' unleashed her shots Tugume tried very hard to reply but remained on the receiving end.

"I did not want to end the bout much earlier because my relatives who have heard of my boxing career came all the way from upcountry to watch the bout. I had an obligation to give them a nice show," she said. His father Clement Adala and

nine-year-old son Clement Adala were on the ringside to witness the emphatic victory.

"She has done us proud. I hope she keeps the same fighting spirit," an overjoyed Achieng's father said.

Achieng's strategy to explode and duck for the better part of the fight paid off at the end of the day as the Ugandan showed no signs of recovery on the score sheet. It was evident that only a knock out could save her from the predicament.

Judges Steve "Vedo" Okumu had it 100-97, Billy Kiremi 100-91 and Memba Muriuki 100-92.

Another Kenyan woman Damaris "Nyuki" Muthoni displayed awesome punching skills to win the IBF Africa women's featherweight title. Muthoni stopped Uganda's Hawa Duku via a third round tko after a thunderous onslaught that prompted Duku's seconders to throw in the towel.

The bouts were promoted by Caleb Kuya of the Osaga Promotions.

Results: welter- Nasser Athumani (Kenya) bt Adnan Katasi (Zambia) tko 1st; women feather- Fatuma Zarika lost to Jane Kavulani; feather- Maurice Chule lost to Sande Otieno; women IBF-A bantam- Hawa Duku (Uganda) lost to Damaris Muthoni (Ken); bantam- Anthony Napunyi (Ken) v Abasala Mohammed (Uganda)-10 rounds; WIBF middle-Congestina Achieng(Ken) bt Fiona Tugume (Ug).

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