Crunch Sibanda, Awino WIBA title fight set for Saturday
Sparks are expected to fly in the Osaga Promotions title fights slated for Charter Hall in Nairobi on Saturday, April 27. Battle royale looms in the chase for the vacant Womens International Boxing Organization (WIBA) title when Kenya’s Joyce Awino takes battle to Monalisa Sibanda of Zimbabwe.
Monalisa who, has pitched camp at the Mable Arch hotel in Nairobi is oozing with confidence to outwit Awino who is one of the fastest rising female pugilists in Kenya.
“I have trained enough and I just can’t wait to show what is up my sleeves. I’m no stranger in Kenya and I have the feeling it will be like boxing at home,” she said.
In the meantime, It will be a moment of reckoning for Kenya’s Gabriel Ochieng’ who will be defending his Universal Boxing Organization (UBO) bantamweight title when he slugs Ugandan wonder-boy Opiyo Kenneth Kaunda.
Ochieng who has been sprucing up for the fight at Pal Pal gymnasium inPumwani expressed optimism of outpointing Kaunda.“Kaunda may be an unknown quantity to me but remember I will be parading before my own fans and the worst thing I can do is to disappoint them,” offered Ochieng’.
Nicholae Achieng will go against Ugandan Achawe Small in the bantam weight 6 round bout while Albert Kimaru will batthle David Okemo. Andesso will fight Everlyn Odero in the other bout of the night.
Speaking during a prsess conference today, Osaga Promotions Cheief Executive officer Caleb Kuya urged the public to turn up in large numbers and support home boxers. "Boxing need us all, let us all turn up and support the boxrs in the ring," He noted.
Tickets will be on sale at the venue at 300 shillings regular and 1000 shillings VIP.
The fights will start at 8.00 pm on Saturday and will be preceded by the finals of the ongoing Nairobi Open Amateur bouts that are being used to select the national team, Hit Squad, for forthcoming international fights.