•Karanja lost 4:1 on split decision in what was only his second tournament with the Kenya national boxing team Hit Squad.
•The 25-year-old had picked a silver medal earlier this year at the African Championships in Brazzaville.
Kenya began its quest for medals at the World Boxing Championships on a wrong footing after flyweight David ‘Oranjo’ Karanja (48-51) lost to Luis Delgado of Ecuador.
Karanja lost 4:1 on split decision in what was only his second tournament with the Kenya national boxing team Hit Squad.
The 25-year-old had picked a silver medal earlier this year at the African Championships in Brazzaville.
In another late fight, Victor Odhiambo lost his light-welterweight bout against London Olympian Thapa Shiva from India on unanimous points decision.
Today, cruiserweight Hezron Maganga will take to the ring against Adel Riyad of Jordan while Boniface Mugunde will fight it out with Albanian Alban Beqiri in the middleweight division.
Hit Squad captain Nick Okoth will round off the second day of action with a bout against De La Cruz Baez in the lightweight category.
Meanwhile, Jamal Cup boxing tournament (Nairobi chapter) earlier scheduled for November 11-13, 2021 has been rescheduled to due to unavoidable circumstances, according to Boxing Federation Kenya (BFK) secretary general, David Munuhe.
“The venue remains Nyayo National Stadium. We really regret any inconvenience this changes may have caused,” said Munuhe in a statement.
Munuhe is among the coaches alongside Benjamin Musa who accompanied Hit Squad to the World Boxing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.