Booming Rayton Okwiri Basks In The Glow Of ABU Welterweight Title

Jun 09 - by SPN Correspondent for SportPesa News

Kenyan Olympian stopped Tanzanian challenger Hussein Itabe with a third round TKO for the vacant crown in Nairobi on Saturday night

Newly crowned ABU Welterweight boxing champion, Rayton 'Boom Boom' Okwiri poses with his belt at Charter Hall, Nairobi on Saturday, June 8, 2019. PHOTO/Courtesy

  • Referee Steve 'Vedo' Okumu put Itabe out of his misery by stopping the fight and soon, the vacant ABU middleweight title was in Okwiri's custody, extending his record since turning pro to 5-0-1, three of his victories coming via knockout
  • Hamisi Mayo of Tanzania knockout home fighter James Onyango in the sixth round of their welterweight clash while the all-Kenyan Super lightweight bout between Nick Mwangi and Fred Nyekesa was declared drawn
  • Michael Nyawade won his lightweight showdown against fellow Kenyan, Anderson Sifuna and in the only female bout of the cards, homegirl Judy Waguthi put Asha Nzoa of Tanzania to bed with a clinical third round technical knockout

NAIROBI, Kenya- Rayton 'Boom Boom' Okwiri is basking in the glow of capturing his second professional boxing title after a third round stoppage of Tanzanian Hussein Itabe to be crowned the new Africa Boxing Union (ABU) middleweight champion on Saturday night in Nairobi.

Okwiri, a former AIBA continental welterweight champion sent the delirious home crowd into wild celebration when he brought an end to Itabe's challenge with a devastating left punch to the jaw that floored the taller and muscular Tanzanian.

He was out for the count in the Main Events Promotions fight card showstopper that was staged at Charter Hall.

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Referee Steve 'Vedo' Okumu put Itabe out of his misery by stopping the fight and soon, the vacant ABU middleweight title was in Okwiri's custody, extending his record since turning pro to 5-0-1, three of his victories coming via knockout.

The former Olympian scored his second successive victory this year after starring at 'Nairobi Fight Night 2' boxing extravaganza on March 23 when he destroyed another Tanzanian, Pascal ‘Prince Kilimanjaro’ Bruno in another third round technical knockout.

The 33 year-old who was born in Butere, Mumias County sent the 42 year-old veteran to the canvas in the first round before another knockdown in the third delivered sealed the victory.

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In other results, Kenya's Morris Okolla pounded Tanzanian Alfonse Mchuatumbo to submission in round three when his seconders threw in the towel to save him from further unnecessary punishment in a heavyweight fight.

Hamisi Mayo of Tanzania knockout home fighter James Onyango in the sixth round of their welterweight clash while the all-Kenyan Super lightweight bout between Nick Mwangi and Fred Nyekesa was declared drawn.

Michael Nyawade won his lightweight showdown against fellow Kenyan, Anderson Sifuna and in the only female bout of the cards, homegirl Judy Waguthi put Asha Nzoa of Tanzania to bed with a clinical third round technical knockout.