African Boxing Union Middleweight Champion Rayton Okwiri has shot a warning to his opponent, a Ugandan, John Serunjogi.
Okwiri, 35 will meet Serunjogi in Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam in October 13, 2021.
Rayton “Boom Boom” Okwiri (7-0-1, 5 KOs) will meet (8-1, 4 KOs) John Serunjogi in 10 round non-title regional supremacy battle.
Last year, Okwiri met Uganda’s David Ssemuju in the Olympic qualifiers in a fight that Kenyans openly felt that their very own was robbed of his clear-cut victory.
Okwiri has reiterated that the aims to fight big world battles and become the first Kenyan to walk away with the titles after his predecessors unsuccessfully battled for them.
He revealed that he has been under intensive training both in Mexico and in Boston, United States of America.
“I want to be the first Kenyan male boxer to win a world title in one of the three bodies WBA, WBC and IBF titles, that remains my focus,” he said while preparing to leave the US this Friday, October 8, 2021, to Dar es Salaam for the fight.
In contrast, the Ugandans have had tremendous success than their neighbours with Ayub Kalule winning the WBA title, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, WBC, John “The Beast” Mugabi WBC and Kassim Ouma, IBF.
Okwiri said professional boxing needs sponsors and supporters, further extended his gratitude to SportPesa betting company for supporting his dreams.
“I want to personally thank SportPesa CEO Mr Ronald Karauri for catering for my expenses including air ticket to Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for my big fight, I can’t thank him enough,” he said.
Though Okwiri is in admittance that battling Serunjogi is not a walk in the park since Serunjogi has won eight fights, he reiterated that he is well prepared to fight him.
“I urge Kenyans who are in Tanzania or those who will be able to travel to Dar es Salaam to come and support their very own,” Okwiri appealed.
He has also been receiving online coaching from his local trainer back in Kenya, David Kiilu.
Okwiri further disclosed that he is eying the WBC, WBA and IBF titles in the future.
[Okwiri on the offensive in his last fight against Fidel Munoz of Columbia whom he knocked out in the second round in the US. Photo/John Nene].
“My predecessors Philip Waruinge, Steve Muchoki and David ‘DK’ Kamau unsuccessfully fought for the WBC title, but I want to be the first one to bring the title back home,” he noted.
Okwiri also qualified to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics which was held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
The top Boxer wants his next fight probably towards the end of the year to take place in Mombasa, Makande where he started nurturing his boxing career.
Okwiri is unbeaten in seven fights with one draw.