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SNBL: Abaka Turns Tables On Ajowi As Curtains Fall On Thika Leg

Nick Abaka (red) saw off Elly Ajowi of Police for the first time in the duo's three meetings so far in the season. PHOTO/Dan Ngulu

The battle between Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) boxing team and their Police counterparts, better known as Chafua Chafua was on show once again at Ananas Mall in Thika, the stage for the third leg of the SportPesa National Boxing League (SNBL) with the soldiers heading home with the bragging rights.

The eighth bout of the ten lined up, Nick Abaka of KDF taking on Police’s Elly Ajowi in the Light Heavyweight category was the perfect show of the competitive rivalry between the two teams with Abaka heading to the fight on the back of two losses to Ajowi in the opening two legs of the season – Kisumu and Nanyuki.

Great footwork, speedy punches and clever ducks did the trick for Abaka who for the third time this season entered the ring with odds heavily stacked against him as he faced a taller and heavier built Ajowi.

Determined boxer

Abaka did his business right in the opening two rounds and was glad to hold off for a balanced third round to win it 2 – 1. Still, trailing 1 – 2 for the season, he stated his admiration for Ajowi.

KDF’s Nick Abaka (red) lands a punch at Elly Ajowi of Police during the duo’s fight in the final of the SNBL 3rd leg in Thika. PHOTO/Dan Ngulu

“This time, like in the other two fights, I came prepared but once again I met a determined boxer in Ajowi. He had good movement in the ring and I had to bring my ‘A’ game. I still respect him and we are good friends.

“This win just serves as a reward for the hard work I have put since the Nanyuki leg and I will not relent,” he said.

The duo will definitely face off again in Nakuru in the fourth leg and Ajowi will be seeking to reclaim his crown. While he conceded defeat, he also stated his admiration for Abaka’s professionalism.

“Nick is a good friend and I am happy for him. I have to congratulate him for a good fight but at the same time go back to prepare well for Nakuru. I know we will meet again and I will be hoping I make the necessary corrections,” he noted.

Special contests

The day commenced with the ladies’ special contests, Veronica Mbithe of Dallas facing off with  Christine Shisoka of Kentrack. This was the fourth time the two were meeting and Shisoka made it four wins as she literally strolled to a 3 – 0 win.

Olympian Benson Gicharu of Police, returning for his first test of the season had no surprises in his fight with rookie Brian Agina from Coast, winning 3 – 0, a result that was well expected after Agina surprisingly saw off KDF’s Sammy Meja on Friday.

The bouts of the day ended in anticlimax fashion as the final fight – Kimathi Kinoti of Police against Fred Ramogi of KDF, failed to take off after it emerged Kinoti was injured. That came after KDF’s Fred Onyango had seen off Tobias Okeyo of Police in another hotly contested clash.

At the end of the third leg, KDF was crowned the winner after bagging 19 points as Police came second with 18 points. Kentrack finished a distant third with six points from the leg while Nairobi was fourth with five points and Prisons wrapped up the top five after garnering four points.

Summary of results

Special contests

Light Flyweight (49 kgs)

Veronica Mbithe (Dallas) v Christine Shisoka (Kentrack)

Light Welter (64kgs)

Ruth Odongo (Kisumu) v Everlyne Akinyi (Kisumu)

Light Flyweight (49kgs)

Matayo Keya (KNH) v Nichodemus Kinuthia (G44 – Soweto)

Flyweight (52kgs)

Charles Macharia (Dallas) v Simon Mulinge (KDF)

Bantam (56kgs)

Benson Gicharu (Police) v Brian Agina (Coast)

Lightweight (60kgs)

Ethan Maina (Police) v Stanley Ogutu (Kentrack)

Light Welter weight (64kgs)

Patrick Owino (Kentrack) v Victor Odhiambo (KDF)

Welterweight (69 Kgs)

Boniface Mogunde (Police) v Vincent Ouma (Kentrack)

Middleweight (75kgs)

Edwin Okongo (KDF) v Humphrey Ochieng (Police)

Light Heavyweight (81kgs)

Nick Abaka (KDF) v Elly Ajowi (Police)

Heavyweight (91kgs)

Fred Onyango (KDF) v Tobias Okeyo (Police)

Super Heavy (91+ kgs)

Kimathi Kinoti (Police) v Fred Ramogi (KDF)

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