Kenya Boxing Team Results at the 1978 Commonwealth Games


Stephen Muchoki was awarded the order of the burning spear Image courtesy of the Nation

The 1978 Commonwealth Games were held in Edmonton Canada. Kenya sent a squad of eleven boxers and emerged the Commonwealth games boxing champions. Kenya won 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 3 bronze medals.

The gold medals came via Mike “Stone” Irungu, and Stephen Muchoki, who is arguably Kenya’s greatest amateaur boxer. The silver medals came via Patrick “Mont” Waweru and Abdulrahman Athumani. The bronze medals came via Edward Thande, Michael Mwangi and Douglas Maina.

Also in the squad was featherweight Modesty Napunyi Oduori, a cousin to Robert Wangila. Napunyi turned professional in 1981 and became one of the most prolific professional boxers in the country.

Stephen Muchoki: Light Flyweight Quarter-Final: Beat Joe Dawson of England (referee stopped contest) Semi-Final: Beat Birender Thapa of India on points Final: Beat Francis Musankabala of Zambia on points Michael “Stone” Irungu: Flyweight Quarter-Final: beat Peter Mensah of Ghana (referee stopped contest) Semi-Final: Beat Peter Wighton of Australia on points Final: Beat Ian Clyde of Canada on points Patrick “Mont” Waweru: Lightweight Round 2: Beat Junior Bethel of Bahamas (disqualified) Quarter-Final: beat George Gilbody of England (referee stopped contest) Semi-Final: Beat Johnny McAllister of Scotland on points Final: Lost to Gerard Hamill of N. Ireland Abdulrahaman Athuman: Light Middleweight Round 2: Beat Justice Tandani of Malawi on points Quarter-Final: Beat Mohammed Coffie of Ghana on points Semi-Final: Beat Enock Chama of Zambia on points Final:Lost to Kelly Perlette of Canada on pts Michael Mwangi: Light Welterweight Round 2: Beat C.C. Machaiah of India Quarter-Final: Beat Gaulua Folasi of New Zealand by KO Semi-Final: Lost to Winfield Braithwaite on points Douglas Maina: Bantamweight Round 2: Beat Syed Mohiuddin (disqualified) Quarter-Final: Beat Mabushi Isaack of Tanzania (referee stopped contest) Semi-Final: Lost to Tumat Sogolik of Papua New Guinea (KO) Edward Thande: Light-Heavyweight Quarter-Final: Beat Benny Pike of Australia (referee stopped contest) Semi-Final: Lost to Vincent Smith of England on points Philip Mathenge: Welterweight Round 1: Beat Nayon Anglin of the Cayman Islands by KO Round 2: Lost to Brian Bovell of Guyana on points Modest Napunyi Oduori: Featherweight Quarter-Final: Lost to Guy Boutin of Canada on points Stephen Moi: Middleweight Quarter-Final: Lost to Phil McElwaine of Australia George Kabegi: Heavyweight Quarter-Final: Lost to George Stankovich of New Zealand on points

 

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