The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Gicharu Through to Open Semi-Final

Benson Gicharu of Police beat Francis Nyagah on points in the quarter finals as the Kenya Open Championships kicked off at Nakuru's Madison Square on Thursday night.

Gicharu, the only male boxer form Kenya to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics games went a division to bantamweight and started the evening on a winning note against his Nanyuki opponent.

In another bout, Moses Noor (Nakuru) forced Martin Oduor of Police to retire in the second round of this fiercely fought tcontest. Homeboy Chege Kamau was knock out in the third round by Ismael Osir of Administration Police.

Flyweight George Wainaina of Thika lost to Issa Mwangi of Metropolitan) while Harrison Mpuku of Prisons beat Nakuru's Jeremiah Abuk on points in the same category.

In the Light weight bout, Kings Otieno, Metropolitan's lightweight clobbered Francis Wamae of Nanyuki and forced a referees stopped contest in the second round to also qualify for the semi-finals. There was no such luck for

Kenyatta National Hospital's Mustafa Shipendi who was forced to retire in the first round by Nakuru's John Kariuki in another lightweight bout.

The finalswill take place tonight.

Summarised scores:

Fly-Issa Mwangi (Metro) bet George Wainaina (Thika), Harrison Mpuku (Prisons) bt Jeremiah Abuk (Nakuru). Bantam- Benson Gicharu (Police) bt Francis Nyaga (Nanyuki) , Moses Noor (Nakuru) bt Martin Oduor (Police) ret rd 2,1 Chege Kamau (Nakuru) lost to Ismael Osir (AP) k.o rd 3, Lightweight: John Kariuki (Nakuru) bt Mustafa Shipendi (KNH) ret rd 1, Benard Oluoch (Nakuru) lost to Joseph Kimani (KNH), Kings Otieno (Metro) bt Francis Wamae (Nanyuki) rsc rd 2, Ibrahim Nasoor (Prisons) lost to Joseph Kimani (Police). Light -Welter: Dennis Okoth (Police) bt Jacob Kimani (Prisons), Frederick Odhiambo (Nakuru) lost to Salim Mustafa (Nakuru), Middleweight: George Owiti (Prisons) lost to Patrick Maina (Nakuru) David Njuguna (Police) bt Francis Oduor (Police).

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