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Boxing: ‘King’ George Beckons For ABU, Commonwealth Crowns

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Boxing: 'King' George Beckons For ABU, Commonwealth Crowns

There is no limitations for 24- year old George ‘King’ Onyango who is basking in the glory after successfully defending his national Light welterweight title in Nairobi on Saturday night.

The thrilling victory rematch against his ferocious enemy Fred ‘Nekes’ Nyakesha has inspired Onyango to go for a much bigger title in the sport.

“If I get an opportunity to defend this belt for the second time, I won’t hesitate. But now, I want a continental glory. My focus is on the African Boxing Union (ABU) belt,” Onyango told Standard Sports.

“When I’m done with ABU I will head for the Commonwealth title, but I’m ready for whichever comes first. When I’m done with ABU and Commonwealth I’ll start dreaming of the global belts like the World Boxing Council.”

The Muthurwa born pugilist who was raised in Umoja says he’s opted for the African belts to give his career a new challenge and dimension.

“You can’t stay in the same position the rest of your life. I have been a national champion in my category since 2018, how do I then grow? I have to look for new challenges, that’s what I believe will build me,” he said.

Concerning his weekend victory, Onyango termed his duel with Nyakesha as one of his best ever fight in his entire career. Nyakesha is an experienced fighter, he was a worthy opponent. Our fight was a very tough match to win for either side.

“He was a tough opponent. He gave me a hard time in the ring,” he admitted.

“We both gave our best shots. I’m glad I displayed my God-given talent. Our fans came out happy, I was happy with the deserved win,” he said.

Even though he’s still lobbying for the African titles, Onyango has already resumed training at his base at the newly refurbished Umoja Boxing Club gym where his talent was spotted and honed by former women’s boxing sensation Conjestina ‘Hands of Stone ‘Achieng.

“Conje was our neighbour in Umoja. She’s the one who inspired me to go full blast in boxing after High school,” Onyango recalls.

In the boxing cycles, Onyango is commonly referred to us ‘King Georges’ or the “Pretty boy” for his flawless face.

The lanky hard puncher trains under head coach Jeff Magina who believes every fight is a war that needs proper planning and execution.

“Whenever we have a fight, I train him like an animal. This reptilian mindset is what has made us champions,” says Magina.

Impressed with Onyango’s weekend display, Kenya Professional Boxing Commission (KPBC) President Reuben Ndolo believes the pugilist is a continental material that has the potential to bring the country glory.

“The entertaining showpiece is just a tip of the iceberg of what the federation has lined up for the boxing fraternity onwards.

“We are grateful that sponsors are coming on board to be part of this plan.

Fans should expect another thrilling showpiece on December 26,” Ndolo said.

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Juniors Intensify Training Ahead Of World Under-20 Championships

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Athletics Kenya (AK) is impressed with the progress made by inferior athletes at the ongoing vacation camp.

The camps are aimed at preparing athletes for the World Under-20 tournament in Cali, Colombia.

AK President Jack Tuwei who was speaking in Kapsumbeiywo All4Running youth camp which is headed by former world

800m champion Janeth Jepkosgei, said he was impressed by the turnout of the youth in colorful camps.

“We have 26 camps across the country and we are happy because they are training well thanks to the government who have helped in funding them. As a federation we shall do our part and make sure we get some of the best from these camps,” Tuwei said.

Kenya will be seeking to retain the title for the younger team for the third time in a row in the tournament set for August after winning in Tampere, Finland in 2018 and again last time in Nairobi.

AK youth head trainer Robert Ngiserei said the early medication will enable the country to present a strong platoon across the all events.

“At the Youth Sub Committee, we have embraced this program as it will help us improve more on the development of talent which will ensure our country remains as an athletics powerhouse,” Ngiserei said.

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Teenage Kenyan Basketballer Drafted Into Women’s NBA

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Teenage Kenyan Basketballer Drafted Into Women’s NBA

Olivia Nelson-Ododa, a Kenyan basketball player  has been drawn to the Los Angeles Sparks team for the 2022 Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

The former Kenya Morans player Sebastian Ododa’s daughter was picked 19th overall in the alternate round of the WNBA draft on Monday by the L.A. Sparks.

The youngster was hailed by Sparks’ General Manager and Head Coach Derek Fisher after she was chosen.

“Olivia Nelson-Ododa was a contributor on both ends of the floor for a UConn program that went to four consecutive Final Fours in her tenure,” Fisher said.

“We’re excited to see how her size, length, rebounding, and passing ability can translate at the next level.”

Olivia is formerly following in the steps of his father Sebastian Ododa represented Kenya during the 1987 All African Games in Nairobi.

The 6- bottom-5 forward/ centre equaled 9.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists for UConn this once season.

She led the Huskies with a59.5 chance firing clip from the field and was a 2022 All-Big East First Team selection.

The 20-year-old forward also equaled1.7 blocks per game in 2021-22.

Olivia, who’ll turn 22 on August 17, was named the Big EastCo-Defensive Player of the Time in 2020-21 and will look to establish herself in the WNBA with her prowess on that end of the bottom.

She has played basketball for Winder-Barrow High School in Georgia, where she was named Athens Banner-HeraldCo-Player of the Time after comprising 17 points and 10 rebounds per game.

She was named to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game during her high academy elderly time and was also named Miss Georgia Basketball

During the FIBA U17 World crown in 2016, she won citation with the USA and latterly dipped gold in 2018 at the FIBA Americas Under-18 crown.

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