Current national boxing league champions and leaders Kenya Police are unperturbed by the absence of their favourite light heavyweight Tobias Okeyo who is out for the season with injury. Okeyo sustained a jaw injury during last April's Morocco Olympic Games qualifiers. In his absence, the 2010 Commonwealth Boxing Championship heavyweight silver medallist Elly Ajowi has stepped down a berth to fill the void.
Police will also enjoy the services of featherweight Olympian Benson Gicharu who was eliminated in the preliminary stages of the London Games. Coaches Patrick "Mont" Waweru and his assistant George "Foreman" Onyango, who are currently taking their boys through rigorous workouts at the Police Depot in Mathare, exude confidence ahead of the fourth leg national league bout on the weekend of September 27-29.
"Ajowi is an experienced boxer and I believe he will be equal to the task," said Onyango. Ajowi has remained dominant in the heavyweight class but had his reign cut shot by Aziz Ali who beat him during the national trials in Nakuru to secure a ticket to the Morocco qualifiers. Meanwhile, Police and 1999 Champions Kenya Prisons have already picked their teams for the fourth leg.
Amateur Boxing Association Central Province branch chairman Peter Mwarangu, a former Kenya team coach, is to announce the venue for the fourth leg league event in due course. Police squad - L-fly: Peter Mungai, fly: Benson Gicharu, bantam: Martin Oduor, light: Joseph Shigali, l-welter: Silas Omanyala, Welter: Victor Onyango, middle: Niven Okumu, L-heavy: Elly Ajowi, heavy: David Njuguna. s-heavy: Peter Opudi Prisons team- L-fly: H. Mathuku, fly: William Kamau, bantam: Anthony Ngugi, light: Joseph Njogu, lt-welter: Moses Oluoch, weltert: Rayton Okwiri, l-heavy: Aziz Ali, heavy: Daniel Shisia, s-heavy: Charles Ombok