Mwakinyo, Zarika ready for Nairobi fight night       

21Mar 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Mwakinyo, Zarika ready for Nairobi fight night       

TANZANIA’s prominent professional boxer, Hassan Mwakinyo, has arrived in Nairobi, Kenya ready for the international non-title Welterweight fight against Argentinian, Eduardo Gonzalez, slated for March 23 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre.

Hassan Mwakinyo is welcomed by traditional dancers at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi yesterday. Mwakinyo will face Argentina’s Eduardo Gonzalez in an international non-title Welterweight fight in the city on Saturday. : COURTESY OF SPORTPESA

Mwakinyo, who is under sponsorship of SportPesa Tanzania, is now under famous professional boxing trainer, Tony Bellew, who also flew to Nairobi, Kenya to train the boxer, according to SportPesa Tanzania Director of Administration and Compliance, Tarimba Abbas.

Abbas said the main fight will see Kenyan famous female professional boxer, Fatuma Zarika defend her World Boxing Council World Female Super Bantamweight title against Catherine Phiri of Zambia. Zarika is also under the tutelage of Bellew.

He said Gonzalez was expected to arrive in Kenya later yesterday and will, two days later, attend the weigh-in exercise at Hotel Stanley.

The weigh-in exercise would be supervised by Kenya Professional Boxing Commission and WBC officials.

According to Abbas, Mwakinyo and Zarika will also visit various media companies based in Nairobi and conduct interviews aiming at hyping the bout.  

The two pugilists will also visit SportPesa staff and have the dinner.

“We are very proud to support the two boxers and we are sure they will register victories against their opponents,” Abbas disclosed.

“The two boxers have been trained well ahead of the fight which will take Kenya’s professional boxing fans by storm.”

Mwakinyo is also optimistic of winning the bout and improve his world professional boxing ranking and experience. 

The Tanga born boxer has dropped three places in the world rankings after failing to get a fight in months.

The boxer is now ranked 19th out of 1,845 professional boxers in the Super Welterweight division in the world.After shocking the world with the Technical Knockout (TKO) win in the second round against Sam Eggington on September 8, last year at the Arena Birmingham, Mwakinyo was ranked 16th in the super welterweight category.