Tanzania will host this year’s Boxing Champion of Champions competition in December, with boxers from neighbouring countries also set to take part in.
Tanzania’s Open Boxing Federation (OBFT) secretary general, Lukelo Wililo, said in interview from Babati, where the 2020 National Club Championships is taking place, that the federation is confident of hosting the coming event this year.
Wililo said the Manyara championships has given them experience and confidence of hosting the international event.
He, however, could not issue the dates and nations which they will invite for the championships.
The OBFT official also disclosed that they have full backing of Manyara Regional Commissioner, Joseph Mkirikiti, who has promised the federation of his full financial and material support to successfully host the international event.
“The Manyara championships is going on very well, now we are having plans for hosting the International Boxing Association (AIBA) recognized Champion of Champions’ showpiece this coming December,” he disclosed.
”We are confident of hosting it successfully and the good thing is that Manyara Regional Commissioner, Mkirikiti, has promised us full support from his office,” Wililo noted.
”The Manyara RC told us that the region can host the international event and help our national team to prepare well for the Champion of Champions event,” he said.
The 2020 National Club Championships is taking place at River Nile Hotel in Manyara.
It has attracted six regions and 11 clubs and is expected to end on Saturday. Wililo mentioned regions which are competing at the championships as Arusha, Coast Region, Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Kagera and hosts Manyara.
Participating clubs are Tanzanite Manyara, Kagera and Arusha teams, Tarangire Manyara, National Service Headquarters (MMJKT), JKT Mgulani, JKT Mbweni, JKT Ruvu, Ngome JWTZ and Band Coy JWTZ.
He said the 2020 National Club Championships ends tomorrow and, on Wednesday, there were quarterfinal bouts, in which Ibrahim Wegoro overcame JKT Ruvu’s Yusufu Mambo via Technical Knockout (TKO) within 13 seconds of the first round of the Light Welterweight
Abdallah Mfaume from Tanzanite Manyara won via RSCH (Referee Stops Contest because of Head Blows) on the 28th minute of the first round of a bout against Ashrafu Hashim of Kagera in the same category.
In another bout in the same category, Msafiri Haule from Arusha won by points against Akimu Juma from Kagera, Alex Isendi from JWTZ, also national boxing team captain, won by points against Sebastian John from MMJKT.
Wililo said many competitive and entertaining bouts were in Middleweight division, as there were four TKO wins in the division.
He disclosed Enos Erasto from Tanzanite Manyara beat JWTZ boxer Marko Fransis by TKO in the second round, Haruna Sinundo from MMJKT also won via TKO in 27 seconds of the first round of a fight against Ally Abdallah from Arusha.
In other bouts in the same category, JKT Mgulani boxer Huledi Rashid won his bout against Lutufyo Sanga of Band Coy JWTZ in 25 seconds of the first round by TKO.