NAIROBI, Kenya- Africa Lightweight champion, Nick Okoth, took only 40 seconds to beat his opponent into submission at the fifth and final leg of SportPesa National Boxing League (SPNBL) in Mombasa.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist showed little mercy when he stopped Steve Onyango from Kibra in the short lived quarterfinal duel that ended on a Referee Stop Contest decision in the opening round.
Onyango simply had nowhere to hide as the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) fighter pummelled his opponent and sent him sprawling to the canvas under a flurry of unanswered blows.
This forced his coach to throw in the towel to save his boxer from a savage beating forcing the referee to end the punishment.
“I expected a tough fight, but it turned out otherwise. I’m glad I picked up points and qualified for the semis,” Okoth who was scheduled to take on Mau Omollo from Kisumu told SportPesa News.
“I believe Onyango can be a good boxer, he only needs a lot of exposure and good training,” the KDF star said of his vanquished rival.
Okoth is working to maintain the imperious form that saw him win gold for Kenya at the Africa Boxing Championships held in Brazzaville, Congo in June.
“My current work outs involve speed work, strength and endurance training, I believe these combinations are key if one intends to win a medal at the Club Games going by experience at the 2010 edition in New Delhi, India, where I won bronze,” Okoth who is eyeing selection in the Kenyan team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games added.
KDF head coach Sammy Magima was in cloud nine as all his 10 boxers made it to the semis in the Mombasa contest.
“We are taking each game at a time; our opening games went well as per our plan. I am happy that our objectives in this contest -to win the leg and lift the trophy-are still valid,” Magima added.
Selected SNBL fifth leg quarterfinal results
1.Isaac Meja (KDF) beat Kevin Okoko (Kisumu) 3-0
2.Joshua Mwangi (Githurai/Soweto) beat Abubakar Okunda (KNH) 3-0
3.Benson Gicharu (Police) beat James Mugeni (Coast) 3-0
4.Simon Kinuthia (OKSA) beat Steve Ndungu (Prisons) 2-1
5.Hamza Said (Kongowea) beat Musa Salim (Kibra) 3-0
1.Matayo Keya (KNH) beat Nicodemus Kinuthia (Githurai/Soweto) 3-0
2.Joshua Maina (Kibra) beat Alex Orimba (Kisumu) 2-1
3.Shaffi Bakari (Police) beat Mohammed Hussein (OKSA) 3-0
4.Kevin Maina (KDF) beat Kevin Wasia (Kongowea) 3-0
Light Weight (60kgs)
1.Mau Omollo (Kisumu) beat Anthony Kariuki (Kongowea) 3-0
2.Nick Okoth (KDF) beat Steve Onyango (Kibra) RSC
3.Anthony Ngugi (Prisons) beat John Mwanzia (Githurai/Soweto) 2-1