Germany-bound Kyalo begins training for AIBA


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Kenyan boxer John Kyalo has stepped up his training ahead of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) World Championships scheduled for August 25 to September 3 in Hamburg, Germany.

Kyalo qualified for the global competition after winning a bronze medal in the Light Weight (60kgs) in the 2017 African Boxing Championship that was staged in Brazzaville, Congo, in June this year.

Kyalo said he has been, along with all other boxers who qualified for the showpiece, to begin preparations for the biennial amateur boxing competition.

“Our coaches instructed us to start individual training early before we finally get to camp. I’ve started mine much earlier considering the level of competition that we expect in Germany.

“You don’t just win in a world competition; experience and determination have to come to play. First you have to examine the intentions of your competitor, find out his weaknesses then you work on your own side,” Kyalo told Citizen Digital.

He added he will be seeking to bring home gold, noting with good preparations he can better his continental record.

Nick Okoth, (Light Weight) and bronze medalist winner Shafy Bakari (Light Flyweight) also qualified for the global showpiece.

-Report by Simon Ngaira

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