By: PHILIP ONYANGO
Coast Boxing Club took an early lead on Day One of the National Boxing League fourth leg, entering three boxers in the semi-finals at the KPA Mbaraki Sports ground on Thursday evening.
League leaders Kenya Police made a slow start losing in two of three bouts they featured in.
Geoffrey Ouma was the first to enter the semi-finals when he benefited from a walk over in the bantamweight 56kg category after his opponent David Wainaina of Omar Kasongo Academy arrived late.
Christopher Orengo defeated Kennedy Omondi of Kenya prisons in the middleweight 75kg category on points after a tough battle.
It was, however, Nicholas Macharia, who carried the day when he stopped Chris Muskuya from Central in the second round via a technical knockout in the welterweight category.
Kenya Police, who are highly tipped to reclaim this year’s title from Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) should they win the fourth leg in Mombasa, did not have a good day after Martin Oduor was beaten on points by Isaac Moyar of KDF.
The decision did not go down well with a section of the officials and fans who reckoned Oduor had won and should have progressed to the next round.
Also losing his bout was Kingston Otieno, who was beaten by Washington Wandera of Kibra on points in the lightweight category, but Silas Masake won his middle weight category bout beating Moses Ngugi of Central on technical knockout to make it to the semi-finals.
Other bouts saw Kennedy Okello of Prisons beat Isaac Ochieng of Kibra on points in bantamweight 56kg.
Mohammed Hussein of Omar Kasongo Academy floored Basil Mwangi of Kenyatta National Hospital on points in the flyweight category.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION