Stage set for Olympics boxing trials in Mombasa

The stage is set for national boxing trials in Mombasa starting Thursday.

Tuesday January 19 2016

Boxing Association of Kenya chairman John Kameta speaking to journalists in Mombasa in the past. PHOTO | FILE |

Boxing Association of Kenya chairman John Kameta speaking to journalists in Mombasa in the past. PHOTO | FILE |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By PHILIP ONYANGO
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The stage is set for national boxing trials in Mombasa starting Thursday.

Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) chairman, John Kameta, on Tuesday confirmed that preparations for the trials in Mombasa are complete.

Kameta told Daily Nation Sport that boxers are expected to start arriving in Mombasa Wednesday for the trials.

Kenya Police, Kentrack and Kenya Defence Forces teams had by Tuesday confirmed they will be arriving in Mombasa for the trials which will run from tomorrow till Saturday at the Modern Fitness Gym.

Meanwhile, the KBF and the Modern Fitness Gym have entered into a partnership which will see Coast-based boxers earn income from competitions on a monthly basis.
Under the agreement, BAK will organise a monthly event dubbed “Pwani Modern Fitness Challenge” at the facility where all top three pugilists will walk away with cash prizes.

The winners in all the ten categories will be receive Sh3,000 in cash prize. The prizes will trickle down to the third-placed boxer.

“We want to start empowering our boxers by assuring them of regular income, starting with events which will be held every month,” Kameta said on Tuesday.

Kameta is confident the partnership will help motivate more youth to take up boxing and will in the long run help in improving the standards of the game locally.

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