Olympic qualifiers on

All the action packed day will only go for sh5000 ordinary and sh10,000 VIP, but the hight of it is that there is no room for mercy and it is today or never till 2014.

By USPA media

It is just not a slogan but someone shall be knocked down to give way for the opponent as the final selection of the National team to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics “dubbed Get off the Plane campaign” gets underway on Sunday January 5,2020 at the MTN Arena Lugogo.

This is battle of De La Cream as Uganda’s finest battle for the 13 slots to the Olympics.

The doctors are set, the ambulance is on standby and no one shall mercy for the opponent.

The bouts start at 2pm with the entrance set at sh5000 ordinary and sh10000 VIP.

One of the fights one should miss is Joshua Tukamuhebwa taking on Yasin Adnan in the

Fly weight.

“We are set and waiting for the boxers to show us what we have,” Dr. Christopher Mbowa confirmed.

The other fights will include Lwanga Muhammad taking Dissan Mubiru Isaac Masembe battling Jona Kyobe, Shadir Musa has a tough challenge against Stanley Mugerwa, While Sweden based heavy weight Alex Bwambale will take on veteran Emma Kyambadde.

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Ssentamu targets 2020

Ssentamu targets 2020

By Mubarak Kasule

Rider Fortune Sentamu has no doubt that 2019 has not the best for him as he head into the last round  of the mountain Dew National Motocross Championship on Sunday  November 24,2-019 at Garuga.

The 15 year-old has however promised to a trophy full 2020.

“I will do my best to give the leader Wazir Omar a run for his money on Sunday but I know chances of taking the 2019 trophy are minimal,” Ssentamu said.

My disappointment was in the second round of the championship but this spurred me on to come out stronger and stronger.

The Garuga track is redesigned and all changes made are a joy to go through. I will come out guns blazing for the show although I only see myself finishing as the first runner up this year” added Ssentamu.

Ssentamu is defending champion in the 85CC class despite moving to the MX125cc class this year.

The Orland brothers Alon, Stav and Aviv will not be racing in Garuga but will join the national team in Kenya on December 6-7 for the FIM CAC championship.

The event sponsored by Mountain Dew, Shell Advance, Fire and Safety Appliances, Fotogenix, AON and Uganda Lodges will also see a shakedown of the top 10 rally cars after the bikes.

Boxing on top in Uganda

By Uganda boxing Federation President

Moses Muhangi

The greatest AOB African coach ever (1968 – 1988) was Peter Grace Sseruwagi “the hard hitter” as he was popularly known.

He was indeed a “hard hitter” in the Light Welter weight category and he trained his boxers to do the same in order to win their bouts.

 He once knocked out Idd Amin Dada (RIP) during a National Opens Boxing Championship and he missed an opportunity to fight Muhammad Ali (Rip) during the 1960 Perth Commonwealth Games having lost in the quarter finals.

He was forced into retirement by Alex Odhiambo in 1964 and started coaching as Bomber Head Coach (Tom Kawere’s) assistant in 1965 to 1968 he assumed full Head Coach status when Kawere became Deputy General Secretary of National Council of Sports in 1968.

Coach Peter Grace Sseruwagi vacually won every medal in the amateur boxing arena in the world. Forexample World Boxing Championship thru Ayub Kalule (gold) and Joseph Nsubuga (bronze) (Rip) in Havana, Cuba in 1974.

 He won three Olympic medals thru John Mugabi (Silver in Moscow 1980), Leo Rwabogo -RIP ( silver in Munich 1972 & bronze in Mexico 1968) and Eridad Mukanga (L/Fly weight) RIP (Mexico 1968 – the Africa’s first Olympic medalist).

 He also won Africa’s first Commonwealth crown in 1970. By retirement in 1988 he had won Uganda 17 Commonwealth games medals including six gold medals (James Odwori, Muhammad Muruli & Benson Masanda in Edinburgh 1970, Ayub Kalule in Christchurch 1974, Muhammad Muruli in 1974, Jonathan Kirisa in Brisbane 1982, six silver medals & five bronze medals.

He also won six gold medals and several other medals during European/American tours like Montreal International Pre – Olympic tournament in 1975 thru Mustafar Wasajja and Jacob Odongo, Bangkok International in 1977 thru Vickie Byarugaba and James Ochaya, Trybuna Ludu Invitational Championship in 1978 & 1979 thru John Munduga and Stuttgart Inter-Cup Tournament 1985 gold thru Charles Lubulwa.

He also won several gold medals during the African Championship thru George Mathias Ouma (Lusaka 1968), Peter Odhiambo and Ayub Kalule (Nairobi 1972), Benoni (Ben) Kilega Ocan (Lagos 1973), Vitalish Bbege (Kampala 1975), Vickie Byarugaba (Algier 1978) and Lihanda Patrick (Nairobi 1987).

 He also won four during theKampala 1977 World Amateur Boxing Championship gold thru Corporal Okumu (RIP), Lihanda Patrick, Owiny Dodoviko and Mande. And silver thru John Siryakibbe, Obote Edward and Nyeko Godfrey. And a bronze medal thru Deogratius Musoke.

Among other international and regional championship medals, Oooooh what a great Ugandan Sports hero he is. He has left an indelible sports legacy comparable to none. RIP legendary master.

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IUEA boosts Kiwanuka

IUEA boosts Kiwanuka

USPA media

International University of East Africa (IUEA) has boosted professional boxer Shafik Kiwanuka’s inaugural title fight this year.

IUEA director Hassan Alwi Jr confirmed his institution’s support to Kiwanuka’s fight by offering the 2000 ultra-modern seater auditorium for the fight.

“We want to make this the home of Shafik and we are ready to give you all the support needed to make his fights a success,” Alwi noted.

Early this year Kiwanuka was offered a scholarship at the University and has started studying in the faculty of languages.

In his last fight Kiwanuka aka “the killing Machine” knocked down Congolese boxer Tyson Mbikayi in 35 seconds at the MTN Arena Lugogo which has elevated him to a continental belt fight.

“We are cooking. We have already paid the sanction fee and we are soon going to launch the fight so that the public knows who is next in the queue to be crashed by the killing Machine,” a vocal Emmanuel Mwesigwa who is Kiwanuka’s promoter said.

Kiwanuka is supported by International University of East Africa and Vision Group under the Urban tv brand.

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Aiba boss resigns

By USPA media

The interim President of the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) Mohamed Moustahsane has resigned after less than six months in the office.

This is the latest episode in the crisis surrounding the embattled organisation.

The Moroccan, who took temporary charge of AIBA in March after Gafur Rakhimov stepped aside, informed the Executive Committee of his decision on Wednesday August 7,2019 citing family reasons.

However, his replacement has not yet been named, although it is likely to be one of the vice-presidents.

Moustahsane, the African Boxing Confederation head took charge of AIBA following the suspension of the organisation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in June because of concerns with its governance, finances and refereeing and judging.

The election of Rakhimov, in November last year triggered the IOC inquiry into AIBA which resulted in the federation being banned from being involved in the Tokyo 2020 boxing event.

The 67-year-old, who remains on a United States Treasury Department sanctions list as one of Uzbekistan’s leading criminals, had stepped aside in March amid pressure from the IOC.

Moustahsane was elected on an interim basis on March 29 after he was the only candidate.

The Moroccan doctor was among the officials criticized in the report by the IOC Inquiry Committee as he was head of the Draw Commission for the boxing tournament at Rio 2016, marred by a corruption scandal which prompted AIBA to suspend all 36 referees and judges who officiated at the Games.

The AIBA Executive Committee will be tasked with electing a replacement for the Moroccan as Interim President.

The latest development deepens the crisis at AIBA prior to the governing body holding an Extraordinary Congress in Lausanne in November, where a permanent replacement for Rakhimov is due to be elected.

AIBA executive director Tom Virgets, however said that the elections could be postponed,

Others claim this would be difficult because of AIBA’s finances and believe the body should proceed with the November 15 date.

. His replacement is set to be one of the four vice-presidents, who are also the President of their respective confederation.

Argentina’s Osvaldo Bisbal, Anas Al Otaiba of the United Arab Emirates, Italian Franco Falcinelli and Australia’s Edgar Tanner are those who can be chosen as per AIBA’s statutes.

It is not yet clear who will be willing to take over as none of the four stepped forward to assume the Interim Presidency after Rakhimov stepped aside.

Meanwhile National Novices finals are set on Thursday at Kamwokya.

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We are growing-Muhangi

By Kinthan Media

Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) is determined to build capacity for the growth of the sport in the country.

Muhangi disclosed this in lugogo on Monday morning while launching the National Novices boxing championship that start on Thursday August 1-8 ,2019 in Kamwokya at Kira Road Police station ground.

Uganda Boxing Federation President Moses Muhangi (C) address the media as Beton ambassador Fiona Namiiro (L) and Olive Mugabe of Black Excellency Marketing Agency (R) look on at the launch of the national Novices in Lugogo. PHOTO BY JOHNSON WERE

“We are training referee judges and we want to see that we have the capacity to organise events around the country at ago,” Muhangi stated after receiving boxing equipment worth sh45m from Beton Uganda at Lugogo on Monday morning July 29,2019.

He also explained that Lugogo Indoor Arena is becoming too small for the growing boxing family and that is why they have decided to take the sport to open grounds like Kamwokya.

“Boxing is a sport for the Ghetto people and we are going to give back to them by taking the sport near them,” Muhangi noted.

UBF President Moses Muhangi Centre with coaches Zebra Ssenyange( R) and Musa Batantu (L). Coutersy Virgin Images

He added that UBF will also be training Aiba star one referee judges who will do theories and practical during the National Novices.

“We started with Bwaise, went to Katwe and now we are in Kamwokya. We shall be heading soon to Gulu and other areas of the country,” he added.

He received Body guards, gloves, head gears and punch pads which will be given as prizes to the different winners in the different categories.

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Mbikayi lasts 35 seconds

Mbikayi lasts 35 seconds

By USPA media

Congolese Heavy weight boxer Tyson Mbikayi had size but was not strong enough to last even a minute against Uganda’s Shafik Kiwanuka (The Killing Machine).

Kiwanuka knocked down Mbikayi at Lugogo Arena in 35 seconds to send his fans in wild jubilation.

Kiwanuka with his promoter Sam Buchanan after knocking down congolese Tyson Mbikayi. Virgin Images

“I have long journey in my professional career, so I have to knock them down quickly so that I achieve my target earlier,” Kiwanuka stated.

His coach Abdu Tebazalwa said that the fans may need to enjoy their money but that is boxing, because the earlier you kill off the opponent the better for you.

Fans supporting.

In the undercard bouts Latib Muwonge beat Sadam Mukasa, Sgt Alidna Muzei of UPDF beat Ben Sajjabi of Police, while Joseph Mpungu and Roderick Okot drew.

Uganda Boxing Federation President Moses Muhangi (L) with Zebra ssenyange right durimng the fight. Muhangi is planning big for boxing. Virgin Images

The fight was attended by high profile guests including Major General Sabiiti Mutebile, artist Ragga Dee and Uganda Boxing Federation president Moses Muhangi.

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