Rwanda boxing federation president Kalisa Vick has revealed that the national boxing championship will kick off in October this year.
Kalisa made the comments following the conclusion of the first Knockout Boxing Competition which concluded on Sunday at Petit Stadium.
“Now that we have a locally made boxing ring, our plan is to have more such events in order to develop talent as well as prepare our boxers and clubs ahead of the international event as we wait for the state of the art boxing ring purchased by Government through the Ministry of Sports and culture in partnership with the National Olympic Committee,” he added.
For the last three years, the boxing body has failed to organize a national boxing championship because of lack of equipment like a ring, besides the body, had no legal status.
“We now have legal status, having registered with Rwanda Governance Board, RGB, this a good step because we can now benefit from other benefits which include training of coaches and working with corporate sponsors,” he explained.
The president further thanked the boxers, clubs, officials, fans, and partners including the Ministry of Sports and Culture as well as the National Olympic Committee for the support.
The Knockout Boxing competition lived up to its expectations with Nkuba boxing club displaying supremacy in local sport to clinch the over role trophy.
Nkuba club dominated the medal tally by winning six gold medals to finish on top, Rwanda boxing club finished in the second position with three gold medals while Kigali Life boxing club settled for the third position with one gold medal and seven silver medals.
Nkuba put on a good show, in one of the sensational bouts Isaac Niyonangize knocked Fabrice Mbabazi of Kigali Academy boxing club with a left punch in the 64 kg light division weight category leaving most fans on the edge of their seats.
The other similar action-filled was the 59kg featherweight fight that of Pacific Niyonzima from Nkuba who pounced Ismail Dusabemungu from Rafika club with an uppercut that dropped him on the curves.
The entertaining value was provided in the 64kg super-welterweight category by Irene Byukusenge who dropped Augustine Kwizera of Kimisagara.
Isaac Niyonagize of Nkuba defeated Fabrice Mbabazi of Kigali Academy boxing club in the 61kg lightweight category, Evy Irankunda from Kigali life beat David Mugisha of Rwanda boxing club.
Over 15 bouts took to the ring; the other bouts including two for the ladies did not take place because of time.