Stephen “Steve” Muchoki was born on 23 December 1956 in Murang’a, Kenya.
Muchoki trained at the Nakuru boxing club from an early age. In 1974 at only 17 years of age, he burst into the limelight when he won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch New Zealand. He had not reached his 18th birthday when he won the silver medal at the inaugural World Boxing Championships in Cuba.
He is a retired light flyweight boxer with an excellent amateur career of 197 wins and three losses. He won the silver medal at the inaugural 1974 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Havana, Cuba. The same year he captured the title at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand.
He won the world title at the 1978 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and the gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games again.
Muchoki was to represent Kenya at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, which Kenya boycotted in protest of New Zealand’s sporting links with apartheid South Africa.
Muchoki won the Gold Medal at the 2nd World Championships in 1978 Belgrade, the first Kenyan ever to become a world boxing champion.
He was subsequently awarded the order of the Burning Spear By President Jomo Kenyatta for his outstanding achievements in sports.
After 1979, Muchoki went professional and hung up his gloves in 1988 with a record of 14 wins, ( 3 by KO), 1 draw and 4 losses.