Kenya national men boxing team resumed training on Tuesday ahead of AIBA world boxing championships in Belgrade,Serbia from 23rd of next month through to 6th November .
According to head coach Musa Benjamin, a team of 13 boxers will represent the country in the global showpiece which is expected to be more competitive than the previous championships , following the introduction of prize money for medalists.
“We have began our training to prepare for the upcoming competition.Started our training with muscle conditioning ,neurological conditioning,muscle memory ,moves and tactics as well as cardial conditioning to increase our oxygen uptake.We will use Kenya open ranking criteria to select the best 13 boxers for the championship one in each weight category” he stated.
Nick Okoth who recently participated in the olympics games is optimistic of a good show targeting podium finish in the light weight category.He will be making his second appearance in the championship after exiting in the quarter finals in the last championship .
“This will be my 2nd championship after being eliminated in the quarter final in Milan in 2019,I am well prepared and considering there’s a big prize money of about Ksh 10 million for gold medalist and 7 million for silver medalist as well as over 2 million for bronze medal winners is in itself is a big motivation for me.I will be going back to my normal weight in Serbia of light weight” remarked Okoth.
Shaffi Bakari will also be returning to the championship for a second time after his debut in 2017 in Hamburg,Germany and will fight in the Bantam weight category following AIBA’S decision of reviewing weight categories.
The team will do only local training before they depart for Belgrade ,as it is impossible for boxing federation of kenya to secure build up matches.
This year’s event will see boxers battle for medals in 13 weight categories ,3 more than 2019 championship in Yekateringber Russia .