The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Gicharu Shows His Class With Victory At Nakuru Kenya Open Championship

KENYA's top bantamweight boxer Benson Gicharu of Police outfought beat Ismael Osir (AP) 11-6 to win the hotly contested bout as the curtains on the three-day Kenya Open boxing championships came down at Nakuru's Madison Square Garden over the weekend.

At light flyweight category, Matayo Keya (Kenyatta National Hospital) got the better of Francis Kirigi (Thika) through a referee's stopped contest decision in the second round. Veteran flyweight Peter Mungai (Police) out[pointed Harrison Mathuku of Prisons 8-5 to win the bout.

The lightweight contest saw homeboy John Kariuki beating Joseph Kimani (Police) 12-7 before Dennis Okoth (Police) lost to teammate Victor Onyango 16-10 at light welterweight.

Prisons continued to dominate the other categories with Rayton Okwiri clobbering Olimpia Alifa 15-8 at welterweight. George Wenjuri (Busia) lost to David Njuguna (Police) 8-11 at middle weight.

Hezron Maganga (KNH) lost to Hassim Ali (Prisons) in through a round two stoppage at light heavy weight while at super heavy Peter Opudi of Police beat Daniel Mucheru (AP) through a first round retirement.

The Amateur Boxing Association of Kenya officials will now select a provisional squad of 20 boxers to start vtraining for international assignments in the new year.

Summarised Results:

Light fly: Matayo Kenya (KNH) bt Francis Kirigi (Thika) rsc rd 2. Flyweight Peter Mungai (Police) bt Harrison Mathuku (Prisons) 8-5. Bantam: Benson Gicharu (Police) bt Ismael Osir (AP) 11-6.

Lightweight: John Kariuki (Nakuru) bt Joseph Kimani (KNH)12- 7. Light-welterweight: Victor Onyango (Police)bt Dennis Okoth (Police) 16-10. Welterweight: Olimpia Alifa (KNH) lost to Rayton Okwiri (Prisons) 15-8.

Middleweight: George Wenjuri (Busia) lost to David Njugina (Police) 11-8. Light heavy: Hezron Maganga (KNH) lost to Hassim Ali (Prisons) ret rd 1. Super heavy: Daniel Mucheru (AP) lost to Peter Opudi (Police) ret rd 1.

Women: Lightweight Mary Muthoni (Nakuru) w-over. Lydia Njeri (Nakuru) lost to Ruth Odongo (Kisumu) 16-9.

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