Two of Sierra Leone’s famous boxers in the national boxing team, David Kowa of Tiwana and Abu B Turay of Prisons, were defeated on the final trials to select boxers for the continental Olympics tournament slated for 22-31 March in Namibia.
In the bantam weight 54kg Abu B Turay of Prisons was defeated by Moses Rogers of police in a two to one decision after a very tough bout. It is one of the fastest bouts in the competition.
In the heavy weight David Kawa of Tiwana was also defeated by Issa Sesay of Army in a two to one decision. The two boxers showed their prowess during the bout. Issa Sesay of the Army after defeating David Kowa came back to the ring to win the second bout when he defeated Mohamed Hamizie of the Army in another superb bout that was full action.
In the welter weight 69kg Gibrilla Kamara of the Army defeated Abu Bakarr Kamara of the Police. The referee Lumprie Sesay stopped the bout to save Abu Bakarr Kamara from further punishment after he had received several punches.
Saidu Cole of Tiwana also went down to Frank Weaver of the Army in a thrilling bout, and Abu Bakarr Katta of Bo came down to Freetown to defeat Abu Koroma of the Army.
After the trials ten boxers were qualified with four having walk overs as there were no opponents to fight in their categories.
The boxers are Saidu P Kargbo of the Army in the light fly weight 48 kg, Moses Sesay of Army in the feather weight 57kg, Sahid Lansana of Army in the light weight 60kg and Umaru Sankoh of the Army in light heavy weight 80kg .
The other boxers who went through the trials are Abu Bakarr Katta of Bo in the light welter weight 64kg, Gibrilla Kamara of the Army in the welter weight 69kg, Edward Bangura of the Army in the Middle Weight 75kg, Moses Rogers bantam weight 54kg, Issa Sesay of the Army in the heavy weight and Mohamed Kandeh in the super heavy weight 91+
In another development, the Level Three boxing coaching course started yesterday at the National Stadium gym in Freetown. The expert, Joseph Doiuf, said this coaching course was a challenge for him and the participants and that they must take full advantage of such a course.
The technical director in the association, Lumprie Sesay, said if there was no structure or programme in the association “your training will go in vain” and appealed for structures to be put in place.
The desk officer in the Sports ministry, M A Kabbah who represented the ministry, said to organize such programmes was the responsibility of the ministry.
He mentioned that, “the Boxing Association is one of the peaceful associations that have gone through several handovers without a fight.”
He noted that with 17 sporting disciplines under the National Olympics Committee (NOC), boxing had been among the five sporting disciplines that had been representing Sierra Leone in international competitions.
The acting Vice President, M Kamara, declared the two-week course open with over 20 participants taking part.