Kenya champions Kenya Police shrugged off stiff opposition to win two bouts on the opening day of second leg of the Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) National League at the Kenya Medical Training Centre in Busia town.
“Chafua Chafua” as the team is popularly known started the day on a sound note when international Joseph Shigali overcame a spirited fight from Kisumu’s Philip Oketch to register a narrow victory in 64kg light-welter weight category.
Police won their second bout when former international Martin Oduor survived defeat by a whisker to be declared winner over Silas Wandera from Busia in Bantam weight category.
The diminutive Wandera kept fans on their toes during the three-round bout, pounding his opponent with ferocious punches, but they were disappointed when the judges ruled in Oduor’s favor.
Busia County started on a flying note when Hassan Wanende stopped his opponent Nuri Ahmed from Kwale County in the first round of the Light welter weight to send early warning of his desire to upset the formbook.
Busia lost their second bout after Vincent Chogo lost on points to Benson Kamau from Nairobi.
Githurai 44 boxing club also won two opening bouts with John Mwanzia (l/weighty) beating Hamza Zaid from Mombasa while Joseph Maina (Bantam) overcame Stephen Otieno from Mombasa.
Hudson Muhati salvaged Mombasa when he beat Brian Andika from Vihiga in the l/welter weight category.
The event was boycotted by top clubs including the Kenya Defense Forces and Kenya Prisons who opted to join another league organized by a rival group.