NAIROBI, Kenya- Top amateur boxers; two-time Commonwealth Games medallist, Benson Gicharu, and Africa champion, Nick Okoth, are among 14 boxers who will represent Kenya at the forthcoming India Boxing Championships.
The event that runs from January 28 to February 1 in New Delhi will see gold winners take home Sh260,000, Sh155,000 for silver with bronze winners pocketing Sh103,000.
Kenya Police Service fighter, Gicharu and Okoth who plies his trade for Kenya Defence Forces are among the 13 boxers selected in the preliminary Kenya ‘Hit Squad’ team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
“We have received an invite from the Indian Boxing Federation requesting Kenya to take part in their championships alongside 18 other countries,” Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) President, John Kameta, told SportPesa News.
“The invite could not have come at a better time since we have concluded our Commonwealth Games selection preliminaries and we have decided to extend the trip to the boxers who triumphed in the Club Games Trials,” Kameta said.
“We hope all the 10 men and 4 women we are taking to India will do Kenya proud by returning home with medals in their categories.
“I’m also grateful to the Sports Ministry for accepting to fully fund the trip. This outing will give them, especially new boxers like Mohammed Ali and the female fighters exposure,” Kameta added.
BAK will use the Indian championships to gauge performance ahead of the Club Games slated for April 4 to 15.
Kameta added that they will utilize their trip to India to study some of their opponents who will be taking part in the Club Games as most countries invited are from the Commonwealth.
SQUAD For India Championships
Shaffi Bakari (Kenya Police)-Light fly
Mohammed Ali (Kongowea)-Flyweight
Benson Gicharu (Kenya Police)-Bantamweight
Nick Okoth (KDF)-Middleweight
Victor Onyango (KDF)-Lightweight
Jacob Kimathi (Kenya Prisons)-Welter
Edwin Okongo (KDF)-Middleweight
Nick Abaka (KDF)-Light heavy
Elly Ajowi (Kenya Police)-Heavyweight
Veronica Mbithe (Dallas)-Flyweight
Lonah Kusa (Nairobi)-Light welter
Christine Ongare (Nairobi)-Bantamweight
Elizabeth Andiego (Nairobi)Middleweight