Hit Squad chasing glory in Belgrade

Hit Squad chasing glory in Belgrade

  • Among the Kenyan boxers taking to the ring Tuesday evening are Joshua Wasike, George Ouma, David Macharia and Victor Nyadera.
  • Gold medalists at the global championship will take home 11 million Shillings, silver medalists 5.5 million while bronze winners will pocket 2.7 million.

Kenyan boxers in Belgrade, Serbia are ready to rumble in the ongoing World Boxing Championships, despite their poor show in the recent Tokyo Olympics.

Leading the Kenyan contingent of 13 boxers is captain Nick Okoth, who believes the Tokyo ghosts are behind them and Belgrade offers a chance to shine again.

"I’m very much relaxed going into this championship. I don’t want to even think of who I am going to meet in my first fight. We will meet in the ring and square it out there. We are good to go and determined to register positive results in this competition that will equally prepare some of us for the Commonwealth Games next year," said Okoth.

Assistant coach David Munuhe is equally optimistic, as the action begins on Tuesday.

“Our boxers are ready and the morale is very high going into their fights against the foreign opposition,” said Munuhe.

Among the Kenyan boxers taking to the ring Tuesday evening are Joshua Wasike, George Ouma, David Macharia and Victor Nyadera.

Gold medalists at the global championship will take home 11 million Shillings, silver medalists 5.5 million while bronze winners will pocket 2.7 million.

The Kenyan squad is composed of young and experienced players with Nick Okoth and Elly Ajowi the only one’s among the squad of 13 boxers who participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Before their departure, the team was hosted to a dinner party by Boxing Federation of Kenya President Anthony 'Jamal' Ombok on Mashujaa Day increasing the morale of the players.

Kenya boxing team will be led by coach Musa Benjamin assisted by Munuhe, while Steve Oduori manages the team.

Sospeter Kimuthia is physiotherapist and Sam Ogeto, the team doctor.

Kenya Squad;

Minimumweight (48kg) Maurice Maina, flyweight(51kg) David Karanja, bantamweight (54kg) Shaffi Bakari, featherweight(57kg) Martin Oduor, lightweight (60kg) Nick Okoth, light welterweight (63.5kg) Victor Odhiambo, welterweight (67kg) Joseph Shigali, light middleweight (71kg) Boniface Mogunde, middleweight (75kg) Edwin Okong'o, light heavyweight (81kg) George Cosby, cruiserweight (86kg) Hezron Maganga, heavyweight(92kg) Joshua Wasike and super heavyweight (over 92kg) Elly Ajowi

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