Fists Of Fury: Okwiri Destroys Bruno To Spice Nairobi Fight Night 2

Mar 23 - by Erick Ochieng for SportPesa News

Kenya's Sarah Achieng' and Tanzanian Iddi Mkwera leave packed KICC with victories in boxing festival like no other

Rayton 'Boom Boom' Okwiri (right) overpowers his Tanzanian opponent, Pascal Bruno during their men Middleweight non-title fight during Nairobi Fight Night 2 on Saturday, March 23, 2019. PHOTO/Duncan Sirma/SPN

  • Earlier, at a packed Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Tanzanian Iddi Mkwera got off the action with a second round technical knockout of home boxer, Nicholas 'Makaveli' Mwangi who bitterly protested the decision in a six-round men Super Lightweight non-title affair
  • Universal Boxing Organisation (UBO) champion Achieng beat Mombasa-based Awino after dominating the previous two rounds before a flurry of punches in the third prompted the center referee, Benedeta Kaloki had to step in to save the loser from more suffering
  • This sparked a bitter row from his corner who stated their fighter was ready to continue with the Kenyan having to be restrained ring side from re-entering the ring before eventually, he left the stage as the crowd booed the winner

NAIROBI, Kenya- Olympian and former AIBA continental welterweight champion, Rayton ‘Boom!Boom’ Okwiri caused raptures among a passionate home crowd when he put seasoned Tanzanian Pascal ‘Prince Kilimanjaro’ Bruno out of his misery with a third round technical knockout in one of the most stirring fights of the Nairobi Fight Night 2 undercard on Saturday.

Earlier, at a packed Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Tanzanian Iddi Mkwera got off the action with a second round technical knockout of home boxer, Nicholas 'Makaveli' Mwangi who bitterly protested the decision in a six-round men Super Lightweight non-title affair.

Sarah Achieng' replicated a similar result in the next fight when she stopped fellow Kenyan Joyce Awino in the third round of their women contest in the same weight division.

Featuring in his fifth professional fight in a non-title eight round men Middleweight clash, Okwiri, 32 extended his record to four wins, two draws and no loss when he set about destroying Bruno, 42, from the opening bell where the Tanzanian kissed the canvas in the closing seconds of the first round before being saved further punishment by the bell.

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Spurred on by a chanting home crowd, Okwiri resumed his relentless assault in the second round, turning his opponent into a punching bag before finishing the battle in the opening minute of the third in style when the referee ruled Bruno could not continue any longer.

“I now want Tanzanian boxer Hassan Mwakinyo in my next fight. I believe it will be such an interesting challenge for me,” Okwiri proudly declared following his well received victory.

Okwiri had flown to Dubai to train for the contest at Round 10 Boxing Club under Romanian coach Morovon Viorel and  he was glad the effort paid off in handsome fashion.

DOWN AND OUT: Joyce Awino slumps in her corner after suffering a third round TKO at the hands of UBO champion Sarah Achieng' during Nairobi Fight Night 2 at the KICC on Saturday, March 23, 2019. PHOTO/Duncan Sirma/SPN


Awino suffers 

Universal Boxing Organisation (UBO) champion Achieng beat Mombasa-based Awino after dominating the previous two rounds before a flurry of punches in the third prompted the center referee, Benedeta Kaloki had to step in to save the loser from more suffering.

“I’m happy I won. I think Awino was a worthy opponent. I was using the fight to step up training as I plan to defend my UBO belt in the coming months,” Achieng told after her victory.

Achieng, 31, is the only Kenyan pugilist who has won all her fights on foreign soil, winning the UBO belt against Marina Popova of Russia in 2015 before knocking out Bonita van Jaarsveld in Carnival City, South Africa, last year to retain her belt.

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In the first fight on the card, Mwangi, propelled by home support started well in the opening round and breached Mkwera's defence but after being forced to the ropes in the middle of the second round, the referee intervened ending the fight.

This sparked a bitter row from his corner who stated their fighter was ready to continue with the Kenyan having to be restrained ring side from re-entering the ring before eventually, he left the stage as the crowd booed the winner.

NAIROBI FIGHT NIGHT UNDER-CARD RESULTS

Super Lightweight Six-Round

Idd Mkwera (Tanzania) beat Nicholas ‘Makaveli’ Mwangi on TKO second round

Super Lightweight Six Round-women

Sarah Achieng beat Joyce Awino on TKO third round

Middleweight Eight- Round

Rayton ‘Boom!Boom’ Okwiri beat Pascal ‘Prince Kilimanjaro’ Bruno (Tanzania) on TKO third round

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Tanzania boxer, Iddi Mkwera, celebrates his victory over Kenya's Nicholas 'Makaveli' Mwangi during their Nairobi Fight Night 2 Super Lightweight contest on Saturday March 23, 2019. PHOTO/Duncan Sirma/SPN