Conje returns to the ring

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By Erick Ochieng

Former World Women International Boxing Federation middleweight champion Conjestina Achieng returns to the ring on Saturday against Charity Mukami after missing action for more than six months.

The two pugilists last met in December 2007 when the bout was controversially declared a draw. Saturday’s fight at Club Casaurina in Buru Buru is expected to be a re-match. Mukami taunted her opponent saying that she battered Achieng in their last meeting, but the judges pushed for a draw in order to save Achieng’s record.

” I clearly won the bout when we last met and tomorrow I’ll prove my claims as I want to repeat the feat,” Mukami said on Friday after a weighing-in session at a Nairobi hotel.

Achieng rubbished the claims and urged Mukami to save her energy for Saturday’s six round fight.

Achieng has three international fights lined up for her this year and she will be using Saturday’s fight as part of her preparation for the bouts.

She has an impressive record. Having fought 23 times she has won 14 fights (7 knock outs), losing six times, once through knock out and three draws. Mukami has fought six times, wining four, losing one and drawing one. Also in Saturday’s card is the vacant national light welter belt that will be contested by James Odhiambo and Andrew Samba. National featherweight champion John Gacheru is expected to face George Owenge in a featherweight non-title fight.

Other non-title bouts lined up Saturday will pit Gabriel Ochieng against Norbert Emilio of Tanzania and Michael Odhiambo against Elijah Kiilu in the flyweight and lightweight categories.

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