Kenya’s amateur boxing had key activities in 2011. The Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) sent a team to the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man, Britain, in September, 2011. Shaffie Bakari (Light Fly) and Isaac Major (Flyweight) – from the Kenya Army reached the quarter finals. ABA also took part in the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique and Kenya won a bronze medal through welterweight Rayton Okwiri of Prisons.
Daniel Shisia (middleweight) was eliminated in the third/fourth place play-off. As 2011 came to a close, ABA sent 10 boxers to the Benazir Bhutto Memorial tournament in Pakistan where Kenya won gold, two silver and a bronze. Peter ‘Nyundo’ Mungai (light fly) won gold and Kshs68,000 ($800) for the performance.
Benson Gicharu of Police (flyweight) and Charles Okoth (super heavyweight) both won silver while Rayton Okwiri (welterweight), got bronze. Nairobi’s ABA also participated in the annual Inter-City Tournament in Kampala and finished second behind the hosts. In the professional circles, a number of boxers have moved overseas, especially to the US.
They include Sande Otieno (bantam), national heavyweight champion Raymond Ochieng’ alias King Kong, East and Central Africa champion Douglas Kola (middleweight), Anthony Napunyi (son of the late boxing legend Modest Napunyi), Samson Onyango (light heavy), Shadrack Kipruto (welter), Geoffrey Gaya, Morris Chule (light welter) and Peter Oluoch.