Ochieng: Bullies forced me into boxing, now I love it even more

Coach Kenneth ‘Valdez’ Ochieng instructs Kenya Prisons heavy weight boxer Aziz Ali during training at Kaloleni Social Hall, Nairobi, on March 8. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

What you need to know:

  • Former Undugu Club and Kenya Posta pugilist rose to the highest level in his category and, as a permanent resident of Denmark, went on to represent the country in Kings Cup in 1986
  • Ex-amateur welterweight boxer who took to the sport for self defence warns pugilists against extreme weigh-cutting measures to fit in particular categories

It wasn’t the love of boxing that made Kenneth ‘Valdez’ Ochieng to take to the sport. Far from it. He did it out of necessity - for self-defence against bullies - as a pupil at Nairobi’s Dr Aggrey Primary School in 1976.

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