Conjestina still queen of local boxing


Published on 02/03/2009

By Erick Ochieng’

Former World Women International Boxing Federation middleweight champion Conjestina Achieng’ proved she still rules the local boxing scene after flooring her perennial rival Charity ‘Scary’ Mukami in Nairobi at the weekend.

Judges Wyclif Marende, Shaban Ogola and James Omondi gave the stunning ‘Hand of Stone’ 59-54,59-55,60-57 points in declaring her the winner of the non-title fight.

To the dismay of many, Mukami admitted defeat that she attributed to lack of exposure.

” I am glad I fought a former world champion, I know I can win except that I am a hustler who is still searching for a better promoter to market me,” said Mukami.

Ducked forth

Conjestina Achieng’

Achieng’, who lived to her earlier promise of causing havoc in the ring, took the match head on from the start.

The boxers, who were unsettled at the start of the fight, ducked forth and back in the first round. Achieng’ then opened floodgates of punches on her rival’s left temple to break the deadlock towards the end of round one, with agitated spectators fearing she would knockout Mukami in the second round, only to slow down in the second.

“I resolved to make the fight a training session rather than to go for my traditional Koyo,” said Achieng.

“From the jabs I threw in the first round, I realised the duel was not going to be a furious one and so I decided to tone down.”

But Mukami struck back furiously in the third round to defend herself from being turned into a punching bag.

However, this only called for more torture from Conje who caught her off guard with vicious punches.

Though Conje dominated, it was Mukami who kept fans at the edge of their seats with her resilient nature even though it was apparent she was losing.

Achieng’ who appeared rejuvenated and kept changing tact and solidified her lead with heavy punches in the last round, which left her opponent gasping for breath and short of tricks.

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