Kenya may be best known for its long distance runners, but the countryâ€™s sporting talent happens to extend beyond just this one sport. Boxing, too, has a long tradition in the country. First introduced by companies such as the Kenyan Railway Service back in colonial times, it was from these very gyms that Kenya produced boxing talent which took it to the forefront of the sport in the 1980s.
To many of Kenyaâ€™s youth, boxing provides an essential outlet from the everyday struggles of life. Not only do boxing gyms provide a place where the young can go to escape these struggles, but they offer a better future to those who train hard enough and have the talent to make it as a professional.
Today, over fifty years after independence many of Kenyaâ€™s original gyms are still operating, albeit most in a state of disrepair. And while Kenya is still occasionally able to produce world-class boxers, the sport is as a somewhat fragile stage in its existence, as it struggles to regain its former glory. Only time will tell whether it has lost its place on the worldâ€™s boxing podium for good, or if the countryâ€™s athletes are just biding their time before Kenya erupts onto the world stage again.