Former international boxing stars Alex Okumu and Manoah Adeny have unveiled ambitious plans to revive boxing glory that was synonymous with Busia County in the 1980s. Busia youth Boxing Club was started three months ago with the aim of tapping talents that abounds among the youth in the border county.
The Late Wangila Napunyi who hailed from the County was the last Kenyan to win an Olympic Gold in boxing in 1988 before the standard of the game went into oblivion.
During this year’s Labour Day celebrations that was graced by Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong at Busia Polytechnic on Sunday, Okumu paraded the youths for exhibition bouts which thrilled those in attendance.
Two bouts pitting boxers in paper and balloon weights saw the youngsters exhibit their prowess in the game to confirm that Busia is on recovery path to fame in the sport.
Putting on blue and red gloves the youths were a joy to watch with their well calculated upper cut jabs that confirmed the emerging trend of the game.
Okumu said the country lacks super boxers who can represent the country effectively compared to yesteryears when Kenyan took the world by storm and cited eight gold medals Kenyan boxers clinched in Bangkok Thailand.
“ We can become the leading county in nurturing talent in the game if we get a boxing ring and other facilities to be able to host national championships in the border town.
The County has revived grassroots boxing which neighboring counties of Bungoma and are emulating from us,” he said.
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