Mwakinyo set to face Gonzalez in Nairobi today   

23Mar 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Mwakinyo set to face Gonzalez in Nairobi today   

TANZANIA’s professional boxer, Hassan Mwakinyo, will face Argentinian, Sergio 'El Tigre' Gonzalez, in an international non-title Welterweight fight at the Kenyatta International Conference Center in Nairobi, Kenya today.

Hassan Mwakinyo (L) and Sergio 'El Tigre' Gonzalez attend weigh in Nairobi, Kenya yesterday. The boxers will face off in an international Welterweight bout in the city today. P: COURTESY OF SPORTPESA

Mwakinyo, who is backed by leading online sports betting firm, SportPesa Tanzania, yesterday attended weigh in exercise under supervision of Kenya Professional Boxing Commission (KPBC).

The boxer said shortly thereafter he is sure of winning the fight thanks to better preparations he embarked on under sponsorship by SportPesa Tanzania.

Mwakinyo said SportPesa Tanzania helped him train under British coach, Tony Bellew, in the UK, and the boxer as well attended training outside Tanzania for the first time.

The Tanga-based boxer was adamant he will not let Tanzanians and East Africa citizens down in the bough, promising to register a knockout victory over his opponent.

“My sponsors, SportPesa, have prepared me well, I was under the tutelage of a very good coach and I trained in a good camp so that I can excel in the fight. I must win this fight,” Mwakinyo disclosed.

The boxer added he has no reason to fear Gonzalez in the bout, which will be a supporting bout for the World Boxing Council World Female Super Bantamweight title bout between Kenyan, Fatuma Zarika, against Catherine Phiri of Zambia. Zarika is also under the tutelage of Bellew.

Zarika will be defending the World Boxing Council World Female Super Bantamweight title.

SportPesa Tanzania’s Senior Marketing Officer, Kelvin Twissa, disclosed the company expects entertaining fights in the day, dubbed Nairobi Fight Night.

"This is an opportunity for us to prove Africans can match Americans when it comes to excelling in boxing,” Twissa disclosed.

The day will also see Tanzania’s other boxers, Iddi Mkwera and Paschal Bruno, take the ring to trade blows with Kenya’s boxers.

Mkwera will fight Nichola Mwangi in a Super Lightweight bout, Bruno will face Raymond Okwiri in a Middleweight bout.

There will as well be a fight between female boxers Sarah Achieng and Joyce Awino in the Super Lightweight division.