Conje to make ring comeback


KISUMU, Kenya, October 21- Former world women’s middleweight boxer Conjestina Achieng is set for a return to action in the lakeside town of Kisumu in December.

Achieng, who won the Global Boxing Union middleweight crown in 2004 when she stopped Uganda’s Fiona Tugume, is scheduled to bout Nairobi’s Ruth Ebola in an East and Central Africa fight two days before Christmas.

Speaking in Kisumu on Friday when she graced the official licensing of Airmaxx, the event organiser of the upcoming boxing event, Achieng says her return to the boxing ring will be to entertain and to give upcoming young boxers morale.

She added the Kisumu venue will give her the opportunity to come back to her roots and engage the youth in boxing and to shun abusing drugs.

Kenya Professional Boxing Federation chairman George Athman who accompanied Acheing, says Kisumu will also host a build up fight for the pugilist was hospitalised at Mathare Mental Hospital earlier this year.

Known as ‘Hands of Stone’ Achieng won the then vacant WIBF world middleweight title in August 2005 by sending Monica Mwakasanga to the canvas before another TKO of Argentina’s Guillermina Fernandez landed her the WBF crown in December of that year.