NAIROBI, Kenya- Olympian Benson Gicharu says he has no plans to turn professional in his boxing career that spans for over a decade now.
The Kenya Police pugilist says he is comfortable with amateur boxing that has taken him places that only seemed achievable in his wildest dreams.
Some of his cherished moments includes the 2012 London Olympics where he was the only male boxer who represented Kenya in the games, alongside Elizabeth Andiego in the women’s category.
Gicharu also represented the country in the Rio Olympics last year in Brazil, alongside his fellow Aiba-Pro boxer Rayton Okwiri.
Gicharu’s reasons for not intending to go professional in his career revolves around work and the desire to honour and defend the flag at major international meets.
“I can’t turn professional now because I am not yet done with Olympics and World championships. I am praying and hoping that one day I will bag one or both of those coveted medals.
“As a police boxer, life is relatively easier working for the police administration and representing the force in the SportPesa National Boxing League,” he told SportPesa News.
The bantamweight sensation, currently causing a stir at the ongoing fifth and final leg of SportPesa National Boxing League (SNBL) in Kongowea, Mombasa, reiterates that his focus is on the forthcoming Commonwealth Games to be held in Gold Coast, Australia next year.
“This is my immediate plan, it’s the reason I am taking one game at a time in this event in Mombasa. I want to bag the final to qualify for the Boxing Association of Kenya’s Grand Finale next month in Nairobi, that will be used as a yard stick for the Club Games qualification,” he said.
To prove that he means business, Gicharu has dismissed all his opponents with a 3-0 victory to sail to the final at the ongoing event.
He is among the nine Police boxers who have booked a berth in the final, where they hope to edge out their greatest rivals, the Kenya Defence Forces who have shown great interest to dethrone them.
On his way to the final, Gicharu silenced James Mugeni from Coast in a one sided quarterfinal contest that ended 3-0.
The same script played out when he met Hamza Said of Kongowea in the semis where he registered a similar result to make it to the final.
Team mate, Boniface Mogunde won his welter weight semis bout against Jacob Kimathi of Kenya Prisons on Referee Stop Contest (RSC) after Kimathi’s coach threw in the towel.
Police head coach, George Foreman, is optimistic that they will successfully defend the trophy that took them blood and sweat to lift last season.
Selected SPNBL fifth leg semis results
1.Benson Gicharu (Police) beat Hamza Said (Kongowea) 3-0
2.Isaac Meja (KDF) beat Joshua Mwangi (Githurai/Soweto) 3-0
1.Boniface Mogunde (Police) beat Jacob Kimathi (Prisons)-RSC
Erick Otengo (Prisons) beat Sande Sinzole (Coast) 2-1
1.Nick Abaka (KDF) beat Peter Buti (Prisons) 3-0
2.Tobias Okeyo (Police) beat James Osore (KNH) 3-0