The Fifth All-Africa Amateur Boxing Championships in Nairobi brought competitors from across the continent to Kenya this week to compete for individual medals and team trophies.
The Fifth All-Africa Amateur Boxing Championships in Nairobi brought competitors from across the continent to Kenya this week to compete for individual medals and team trophies. By Thursday the line-up for the semi-finals showed kenya and Uganda leading with seven semi-finalists each; Egypt and Zaire were close behind with five each.
The Games began on Monday (28 February) and all end on Saturday (March 4).
The First African Boxing Championships organised by the United Arab Republic Amateur Boxing Federation were held in Cairo in 1962. A Board of Directors now decides which country shall arrange the next event, and the championships are held roughly every two years.
SYNOPSIS: As hosts this week for the Fifth All Africa Amateur Boxing Championships, Kenyans in Nairobi Railway Club stadium have been watching young boxers from across the continent fighting for coveted gold, silver and bronze medals. By Wednesday the tournament had reached the Quarter-final stage. This Light Welterweight bout brought together Bukendi of Zaire, number 87, and Lawson of Ghana..
It was a tough fight, with both men battling hard. This was not Bukendi's round. He takes a count of eight... and then trips and falls. At this point Zaire supporters know that their man is faced with a tough fight--but at the end of the round Bukendi is still there...
For Zaire this third afternoon of the tournament was to prove unexpectedly successful. All three of their boxers won, securing places in the semi-finals.
Bukendi the winner after a fine come-back.
For Kenya it was a disappointing day, as their highly rated flyweight Maina--number two here-was outpointed by the Nigerian martins. On home ground Maina started well, scoring again and again with combination punches to the Nigerian's head. But after taking two stinging hooks towards the end of the first round Martins came to life and from then on dominated the bout to win a majority decision. At the end of the day Kenya has seven semi-finalists, leading the way with Commonwealth champions Uganda, also with seven.
Uganda--represented in this lightweight bout by number 146, Odhiambo--lost only one out of five quarterfinals on Wednesday. Their success was mainly at Egypt's expense, as in this fight, in which Egyptian Khalofallah was outpointed. Egypt, current holders of the team, trophy, continually found themselves in the right with members of the strong Uganda team. yet Egypt, like Zaire, finished with five men through to the semi-finals.