Parents Urged To Embrace Boxing And Allow Willing Children To Join The Sport
The Kenya Boxing Federation has urged parents to embrace the sport and allow their children to participate.
According to BFK Secretary General David Munuhe, most boxers are forced to wait until they are 18 years old to enter the sport properly, delaying their career development.
According to Munuhe, this reduces Kenya’s chances of competing favorably with other nations in the international arena, particularly those with elaborate youth team schemes.
“Parents should know that this sport is like any other sport, and if young boys and girls are given the freedom to join and progress well, they can find employment through it in the future.
“For example, there are the Kenya Defense Forces, Kenya Police and Kenya Prisons teams that have employed some players just because of their boxing prowess.
“Moreover, not only those teams, they can also get opportunities through other organizations with keen interest in sports,” said Munuhe.
Munuhe got a job in the police force through boxing.
“For example, all the boxers who are currently playing for the Kenya Police and KDF got employed through boxing.
“Myself I was employed by the police to play boxing for them. Nick Okoth, Shaffi Bakari and Elly Ajowi who are very famous locally, were all employed because of boxing,” added Munuhe.
Some of the top league boxers fighting for team KDF include Abednego Kyalo in the minimum weight category, Dennis Mwendwa in the men’s bantamweight division, Kevin Maina, Isaac Meja, and Pauline Chege in the women’s bantamweight division, and Veronica Mbithe in the women’s flyweight division.
Kenya Police, on the other hand, has officers such as Silas Onyango, Africa Zone III champion Shaffi Bakari, seasoned Hit Squad pugilist Christine Ongare, Joseph Shighali, Boniface Mugunde, and George Cosby, who competes in the top league’s middleweight division.