Kenya, who humbled African Champions ,Uganda 9-2 in their last confrontation in September, took a thorough beating on Saturday (13 December) at the Nairobi City Hall in Kenya.
GV Muchoki (Kenya) fighting Ugandan Kalyesubula in fly-weight contest
SV Crowd at ringside
GV Bout continues with Muchoki winning bout
GV Lightweight contest between Omolo (Kenya) and Sentongo (Uganda)
GV Bout continuing with Sentongo winning
GV Light welter-weight contest between Odwori of Kenya and Okoth (Uganda)
GV Odwori falls on canvas and receives compulsory count; bout resumes with Okoth eventual winner
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Background: Kenya, who humbled African Champions ,Uganda 9-2 in their last confrontation in September, took a thorough beating on Saturday (13 December) at the Nairobi City Hall in Kenya.
A capacity crowd watched out-of-form Kenyan boxers trounced six bouts to two (14 - 10 points) by Uganda's second stringers. Kenya's only consolation was that one of its boxers -- Stephen Muchoki, Commonwealth Games Light-Flyweight Champion -- was voted best boxer of the special weekend contest.
Boxing at flyweight, Muchoki beat Ugandan John Kalyesubula on points. The only other Kenyan success was at light-flyweight where James Njoroge beat Ugandan Vincent Ochira, when the referee stopped the fight because the Ugandan had a cut eye in the third round.
In the Lightweight contest John Sentongo of Uganda beat Kenyan Henry Omolo on points in a bout that saw both boxers fight to a state of total exhaustion.
In the Light-welterweight bout James Okoth of Uganda beat George Odwori of Kenya after the referee stopped the fight 90 seconds into the second round.
SYNOPSIS: Saving face for Kenya at the Nairobi City Hall in Kenya on Saturday was Commonwealth Games Light-Flyweight champion Stephen Muchoki. During this special weekend match against Uganda, Muchoki, boxing at flyweight was one of only two Kenyans who won their bouts. He beat Ugandan John Kalyesubula, on points. The other was James Njoroge -- who beat Ugandan Vincent Ochira in the flyweight contest.
Apart from these two fights Uganda had things very much their own way -- and a capacity home crowd watched the out-of-form Kenyan boxers trounced six bouts to two by Uganda's second stringers.
With his win over Kalyesubula Muchoki was voted best boxer of the contest.
In the first minute of the first round in the lightweight bout Henry Omolo, a new Kenyan cap, nearly put Ugandan John Sentongo out of the contest....punching the retreating Ugandan almost at will.
But thirds soon changed and from the third minute it was Sentongo punishing the tired-looking Omolo all the way ... with Sentongo eventually winning in a bout that saw both boxers fight to a state of total exhaustion.
Kenyan light-welterweight George Odwori in his bout against Ugandan James Okoth....and another disappointment for Kenya. Odwori's performance lacked vigour, his punches hardly bothered Okoth and his promising form as a novice seemed to have evaporated.
Referee Hassan Amiri's decision to stop the Odwori-Okoth fight ninety seconds into the second round saved Odwori from the humiliation of being turned into a punching bag -- and gave Uganda another victory in the avenging contest -- Kenya beat Uganda nine bouts to two during their last confrontation in September.