Sunday, August 30, 2009

Conje made to go the whole hog for KO against Livahi

Conjestina “Hands of Stone” Achieng’ (left) attacks Batroba Livahi during Team Boxing Promotion super middleweight bout at Chui Place, Museum Hill. “Conje” won the fight on technical knockout. Photo/CHRIS OMOL

Conjestina “Hands of Stone” Achieng’ (left) attacks Batroba Livahi during Team Boxing Promotion super middleweight bout at Chui Place, Museum Hill. “Conje” won the fight on technical knockout. Photo/CHRIS OMOLLO 

By RICHARD MWANGI

Former Women’s International Boxing Federation middle-weight champion Conjestina Achieng’ was made to go the full distance before stopping Batroba Livahi on Saturday.

In the fight at the Chui Place, Museum Hill that was promoted by Julius Odhiambo of Team Boxing Promotion, “Conje” felled Livahi by a technical knockout in the fourth round.

Livahi spent most of the time defending herself and rarely threw a punch but “Hands of Stone” failed to make use of her jabs to force her opponent to drop her guard.

Mid fourth round, Livahi ran out of steam. The referee then stopped the fight without giving her the mandatory count of eight and declared Achieng’ the winner on TKO.

Meanwhile, it was a sad day for Kenya’s former amateur light fly-weight champion Suleiman Bilali, who failed a medical test in what would have been his second professional fight.

Blood pressure high

Bilali was to fight Anthony Kariuki but when he was examined by the ring doctor his blood pressure was found to be too high.

The medic however said Bilali may have failed the test because of anxiety.

The best fight of the day was in the super middle-weight, between Badru Lusambya of Uganda and Kenya’s Ken Oyolo.
Badru turned Opiyo into a punching bag.

The visitor knocked Opiyo down twice in the first round and, in the middle of the second, connected well with a hard right to the jaw to send him down on his knees.

It was a knockout as the referee counted up to ten with Oyolo still on the canvas.

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