Top Five Stories From Thursday You Must Read Today

Mar 22 - by Mutwiri Mutuota for SportPesa News

British star Tony Bellew in town for Nairobi Fight Night extravaganza, Oktay bags Coach of the Month Award

Former world Cruiserweight champion Anthony Lewis Bellew upon his arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Arport in Nairobi on March 20, 2019. PHOTO/ BRIAN KINYANJUI

  • On his first day of his maiden tour to the country, Bellew was taken aback by a visit to Pal Pal Gym in Nairobi with the aging facility located in the sprawling Majengo Slums giving him deep insight into the odds Kenyan boxers go through to break into the big time
  • Seasoned Argentine boxer, Sergio Eduardo 'El Tigre' Gonzalez reminded his opponent and Tanzania hotshot, Hassan 'Champez' Mwakinyo of the old is gold adage as they squared off for their eight round non-title showdown
  • Elsewhere, Gor Mahia FC head coach Hassan Oktay's memorable week just got better as Harambee Stars boss, Sebastien Migne challenged the Ghana Black Stars to prove their might against his team when they play in their final 2019 AFCON qualifier in Accra on Saturday

NAIROBI, Kenya- The final countdown to Nairobi Fight Night 2 was the main talking point of Thursday with the arrival of British boxing star, Tony Bellew in Kenya spicing up the build-up to the big event on Saturday.

On his first day of his maiden tour to the country, Bellew was taken aback by a visit to Pal Pal Gym in Nairobi with the aging facility located in the sprawling Majengo Slums giving him deep insight into the odds Kenyan boxers go through to break into the big time.

Whilst focus is on the World Boxing Council women Super bantamweight title fight where Kenyan queen Fatuma 'Iron Fist' Zarika will put her belt on the line against Catherine Phiri on Zambia, the undercard bouts were simmering as well.

Seasoned Argentine boxer, Sergio Eduardo 'El Tigre' Gonzalez reminded his opponent and Tanzania hotshot, Hassan 'Champez' Mwakinyo of the old is gold adage as they squared off for their eight round non-title showdown.

Elsewhere, Gor Mahia FC head coach Hassan Oktay's memorable week just got better as Harambee Stars boss, Sebastien Migne challenged the Ghana Black Stars to prove their might against his team when they play in their final 2019 AFCON qualifier in Accra on Saturday.

That is the wrap-up of the top five stories on SportPesa News from Thursday you must catch up with today. Of course, do not miss the Nairobi Fight Night.

This Is How Visit To Aging Pal Pal Gym Humbled 'The Bomber' Bellew

NAIROBI, Kenya- Retired British boxing hero Tony 'The Bomber' Bellew made his pilgrimage to the humble Pal Pal Gym in the sprawling Majengo Slums of Nairobi where some of the most iconic Kenyan boxers in history honed their skill on the first day of his tour to the country on Thursday afternoon.

Bellew, the former World Boxing Council (WBC) and Commonwealth Games cruiserweight champion, witnessed first hand the harsh environment where some of the country's most famous fighters among them Seoul 1988 Olympic gold medallist, Robert Wangila Napunyi and Fatuma Zarika hailed from. READ MORE

Old Is Gold: 'El Tigre' Serves Warning To Tanzania Hot Shot Mwakinyo

NAIROBI, Kenya- Seasoned Argentine Sergio Eduardo 'El Tigre' Gonzalez is ready to give his all against Tanzanian rising boxing star Hassan Mwakinyo when experience comes up against youth in the Nairobi Fight Night eight-round main undercard slugfest on Saturday.

A veteran of 20 years in the ring, Gonzalez who was born in Tigre, Buenos Aires, a small town north of the Greater Buenos area of the Argentina capital. READ MORE

England Boxing Star Tony Bellew Lands For Nairobi Fight Night

NAIROBI, Kenya-  British boxing star and former World Boxing Council (WBC) cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew landed on Wednesday night ready for Saturday's Nairobi Fight Night extravaganza at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).

The English Premier League (EPL) Everton FC ambassador is in his first visit to the country to watch his friend and WBC women Super bantamweight titleholder, Fatuma 'Iron Fist' Zarika put her title on the line against Zambia's Catherine Phiri in the main event of the boxing extravaganza. READ MORE

Gor Coach Oktay Special Week Gets Even Better With Fidelity/SJAK Award

NAIROBI, Kenya- A memorable week for SportPesa Premier League (SPL) champions Gor Mahia FC head coach, Hassan Oktay, got even better on Thursday when he was declared as the Fidelity Insurance/Sports Journalist Association of Kenya(SJAK) Coach of the Month for February.

Oktay led the most decorated club in the land to make history last Sunday when they defeated Petro Atletico de Luanda 1-0 with nine-men to qualify for the CAF Confederations Cup quarterfinals for the first time ever since the continental club competition was remodeled in 2004. READ MORE

Migne Challenges Ghana To Prove Their Might Against Harambee Stars

NAIROBI, Kenya- Harambee Stars head coach, Sebastien Migne, declared the pressure is all on hosts Black Stars as the national football team departed Nairobi on Thursday morning for their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Accra, Ghana on Saturday night.

Stars lead Group F standings on seven points, one ahead of hosts and three-time African champions with both teams through to the Egypt 2019 finals and there is nothing but pride to play for on Saturday. READ MORE