Kiilu & Achieng Win Titles In Nairobi!

25.12.05 - By Geoffrey Openda: Kiilu boxed a very disciplined fight, and controlled the action from the first bell. Ameme tried his best, but missed most of his punches, and was never a real threat to Kiilu’s triumph. Halfway through the bout it was apparent that the visitor from Dar es Salaam had to score a knockout to win, but he simply couldn’t manage to get on the inside to connect. After the decision was announced, Kiilu was awarded his newly won belt by Australian World Boxing Foundation (WBF) president Mick Croucher, who praised Kiilu for a job well done..

“Mr. Kiilu did his job almost to perfection, and we are proud to now have him as one of our champions. I hope he can hold on to the title for a while, and maybe one day challenge for our world title” said Croucher.


In the co-feature of the evening, media-darling Congestina Achieng captured the WBF female world middleweight title with a first round annihilation of Argentinean import Guilermina Hernandez. After just one minute and forty-one seconds, the trainer of Hernandez, Mr. Herrera Carlos, had seen enough and threw in the towel to conclude a very poor performance by his boxer. It was a mixed atmosphere of happiness and disappointment, as spectators hailed their new boxing queen, but at the same time felt cheated by the poor showing from the South American.

“I expected to gain victory early in the bout, and I am marching forward towards my dream fight against Laila Ali. Soon she will not be able to avoid me” said Achieng after the massacre, and assured that the WBF title would open many doors in her future career. She proudly displayed her belt to the media, but at this time didn’t know what would happen later on.


In the third title fight of the evening, former Commonwealth king Michael “Lonzi” Muya scored a ten-round unanimous verdict over Chaurembo Palasa from Tanzania, to lift the UBO Intercontinental super lightweight championship. Muya also defeated Palasa to win the Commonwealth crown almost three years ago, but won more convincingly this time around.

After five months of inactivity, former Kenyan champion Athanas Nzau returned to the ring only to suffer a major setback when the decision was controversially given to his opponent Samba Andrew. Most felt veteran Nzau had done well enough to win after the completion of the scheduled four rounds, but to everybody’s amazement it was not to be.

On the undercard, supermiddleweight Samson Onyango continues to look promising, and scored a third round stoppage over fellow novice Lucas Ochieng. Also registering a third-round victory was welterweight Ashioya Katibi, who overwhelmed former national champion Henry Jessai by technical knockout.


In what must be considered almost inhumane, 15-year-old debutant Moses Ngugi was knocked out by world-class super flyweight Mbwana Matumla from Tanzania. It was quite an accomplishment by the teenager to last into the third round against his accomplished foe, but both the promoters, Solid Rock Promotions, and the Kenyan Professional Boxing Commission should be made to face consequences after shamelessly allowing this mismatch. One tends to use the word “child-abuse” in this case!

Other results on the card: Damaris Muthoni beat Monique Chipeta (2nd round technical knockout), Hasan Saku beat Caleb Amianda (unanimous decision after four rounds), Mustafa Noor beat Ray Ochieng (unanimous decision after four rounds).

Article posted on 26.12.2005

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