Dar boxing training center eager for success

13Jul 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Dar boxing training center eager for success

DAR ES SALAAM boxing training center, Amoma Boxing Academy, has expressed determination to scale great heights in the game in Tanzania by producing competent boxers, who will win both domestic and international titles.

Amoma Boxing Academy's boxers in group picture after training in Mbezi, Dar es Salaam recently. PHOTO; COURTESY OF AMOS NKONDO

The center's manager and founder, Amos Nkondo, stated the center welcomes men and women, who are keen on learning the sport and taking part in it, to join the center, which is based at Mbezi in the city.

Nkondo, who is also boxing coach, said his center, moreover, congratulates President John Magufuli for his proper supervision of the country's efforts to contain coronavirus outbreak.

According to Nkondo, his center lately has 23 professional boxers, who are taking part in domestic and international bouts.

They are Manyi Issa, Said Mohamed Hassan, Hamidu Kwata, Elly Nkondo, Fred Kobelo, Tony Rashid and John Mzua.

John Mkamati, Iddi Kumemba, Mgaya Aloyce, Richard Mjilima, Riziki Athuman, Rashid Mzaula, Francis Mzaula, and Ramadhan Kondo are the other boxers.

Richard Mazule, Ally Bugingo, Abuu Omary, John Lukoma, Abdul Juma, Baraka Awadh, Jackson Mhaya and Shauri Ramadhan are as well in the list of the center's boxers.

Nkondo stated the center, which was formed in 2010, had earlier been known as Mbezi Connection Boxing Gym, noting he and fellow officials then opted to change the center's name with the aim of giving it a professional appeal.

He stated the boxers participate in training two times a day for boxers that are not expected to take part in bouts.

''Boxers that are set to take part in fights must train three times a day, when they have 10 days left prior to their respective fights,'' Nkondo said.

The boxers, according him, take part in training from Monday to Saturday and have a one-day rest.

Rashid is arguably the most successful boxer to have been produced by the center.

He currently holds the Africa Boxing Union (ABU) Super Bantamweight title that he lifted after beating Siboniso Gonya of South Africa by Technical Knockout (TKO) in a bout, which was held at Umfolozi Casino, Empangeni in South Africa on September 15 last year.

Rashid, one of the first rising boxers in Tanzania, boasts of an impressive record given he has registered 11 victories in 14 fights he has taken part in.

The Super Bantamweight, southpaw boxer has succumbed to one loss and the remaining two fights were declared draw.

In Rashid's other recent two fights he notched victory in one, whereas the other was declared draw.

He registered unanimous decision victory over fellow domestic boxer Haidari Mchanjo in a re-match which took place at 361 KJ Hall in Dar es Salaam in August last year.

He had previously taken the ring to trade blows with the same boxer at Kinesi Football Ground in the city in January last year, with the bout, ultimately, being declared a draw.

Rashid, nicknamed 'AK 47', is rated first in the list of 39 Super Bantamweight boxers in Tanzania by Boxrec.

He holds the 54th spot in the list of 1236 Super Bantamweight boxers in the world, as documented by Boxrec.  

Hassan also turns out to be a successful boxer at the outfit.

The boxer, fighting in Featherweight division, has taken part in a total of 25 bouts, winning 16, suffering defeat in seven and the rest were declared draw.

Hassan, nicknamed 'Chino', is rated 13th in the list of 39 boxers in the division in Tanzania by Boxrec.

The network, which keeps records of professional boxers from all parts of the world, rated Chino 572nd in the list of 1553 Featherweight boxers in the world.

In his recent three fights Chino has recorded victory in two and lost one.

He defeated compatriot Hamza Mchanjo by unanimous decision in a fight which took place at National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam on May 4, 2018.

He as well came out victorious in a fight against fellow domestic boxer, Mohamed Bakari, beating the later by TKO in the bout which took place in Dar es Salaam in November last year.

Chino lost to Lodumo Lamati of South Africa by TKO in an international, non-title bout which was held in Johannesburg in June 2018.