In Summary
  • Hungarian Harcsa up next for victorious Kenyan in round two
  • KDF soldier’s victory comes just a day after Prisons’ Okwiri had beaten an Aussie fighter

The ‘Hit Squad’ continued to leave footprints on the boxing map Thursday when Nick Abaka gave Kenya her second victory at the ongoing World Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Abaka, who missed the Beijing 2008 Olympics Games on technical grounds, overpowered Estonian Arror Kaupi in an explosive middleweight bout.

The 29-year-old Kenya Defence Forces boxer’s victory came just hours after Prisons’ Rayton Okwiri registered the first win for Kenya in 25 years on Wednesday when he beat Australian Daniel Lewis. The event has attracted a total of 45 boxers from 100 nations.

Abaka fired at the Estonian from all angles and it did not take long before Kaupi found out that the Kenyan’s vicious punches were unbearable. Abaka failed to enter the ring in Beijing after it was discovered he had suffered a jaw injury.

QUARTER-FINAL PLACE AT STAKE

Abaka will now meet Zoltan Harcsa of Hungary on Saturday in a bout whose winner will sail to the quarter-finals.

“The pain of missing out in Beijing still haunts me. I also want to atone for missing the 2012 Olympics,” Abaka said from Almaty via phone. “I want to make sure I return home with a medal.”

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