The Amateur Boxing Association of Kenya (ABA) executive, which assumed office in April, has a lot to do to take the sport back to where it used to be. For many years Kenya was the top boxing nation in Africa and the Commonwealth, dominating the sport from 1970 to the 1980s under the chairmanship of Marsden Madoka (a former Cabinet minister and now the chairman of the Kenya Revenue Authority).
lt was then that Kenya earned Africa her first Oly1mpic boxing gold medal through the late Robert Wangila Napunyi (who used to be a member of the Breweries Club) in welterweight at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. A year earlier, Kenya had collected eight gold at the 4th All Africa Games in Nairobi, among them Wangilas.
Then, ABA had many international fixtures, which gave boxers a lot of exposure. They included the prestigious King’s Cup in Bangkok, Thailand, Brunner Urafiki Cup, an annual event that featured Kenyan and Ugandan boxers. There was also a strong inter-cities contest between Nairobi and Kampala. But these contests seem to have died a natural death after Madoka retired from the ABA and joined politics.