(MAR 5) Even as Charity ‘Scary’
Mukami looked dazed and outclassed at Club Casurina tournament, on
February 28th, the Time Bomb Promotions prospect refused to be
rattled. Mukami averred that a rematch would be the yardstick for
ascertaining the actual queen of the middleweight.
“We drew last time but I must admit that this time round, judges did
a shoddy job. Look at her face. I landed bruising jabs and punches
yet it wasn’t on my side,” Mukami claimed. Mukami announced her
arrival onto the boxing scene two years ago when she dared
Conjestina and stretched her to the limit like she did the previous
Sunday. But her second appearance at the hands of Conjestina didn’t
just belie the banter that was bubbling in the run up to the match
–hyped grudge match; it was an experience she would want to forget
in a hurry. But to my surprise she downplayed it all.
Though Mukami was made to absorb heavy shots from the ‘Hands of
Stone’, she was devoid of color, flair and gusto to pull in a
surprise and make good her threats. Her footwork was wanting and she
appeared as she had chickened-out whenever she got into the thick of
things. Effortlessly trying to overcome a backlash, Mukami was the
one to back-off in Conjestinas’s sporadic attacks. A ferocious left
and right combination didn’t just drape the loser against the ropes;
she lay down frustrated prior to picking herself up and surviving
the compulsory count from referee Wycliffe Marende.
No eyebrows were raised when
Conjestina racked up a unanimous points victory. After all the
punishment, Mukami thought she had rocked the ‘Hands of Stone’. “I
don’t know if I say I was robbed today, I will be wrong,” she said
of the defeat yet spectators saw otherwise. “I think she was dazed
proper but forgot she hardly posed any serious threat” a fan
offered. Marende had it 59-58 for Conjestina while Demosh Omondi
scored it 59-54. Vedo Okumu had it 58-57.