New Vision (Kampala)

20 October 2012

Uganda: Kick-Boxer Ronald Mugula Beats Nagy to World Title

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Ugandan kick-boxer Ronald Mugula and Hungarian opponent Andras Nagy.

Ugandan kick-boxer Ronald Mugula is the new world intercontinental champion after beating Hungarian fighter, Andras Nagy early Saturday morning at Kyadondo Rugby Club.

The much anticipated fight ended prematurely when hard-bodied Mugula 'technically knocked out' his Hungarian opponent in the second round.

Excited local fans who had braved the late-night chill did not have to wait for the total five rounds for the game to see their 'saviour' - Mugula - take out his rival as he had promised in the build up to the fight.

A fight that had been predicted to be a tough battle later surprised many when title holder Nagy looked the weaker of the two fighters through the first round.

The duo started off even, each sizing up his opponent with a kick or two here, a punch there.

Nagy had his moments to relish, though brief.

Mugula was brought down once by a kick from Nagy, but when the Ugandan had gained back his footing, he unleashed a 'hammer' - an overhead kick - onto his rival.

He managed to send Nagy crashing against the tough ropes, attacking him with spot-on punches in the face and in the side.

By the end of the three minutes, there was a general sense of conviction that the Ugandan had had his share of dominance in the first round.

Second round saw Mugula coming back even stronger, and Nagy seemingly unconfident.

And that sure was a shocker to many Ugandans who had seen the same man torment outspoken kick-boxer Moses Golola in a fight that had raised lots of dust over its results.

In the Round Two, the two men started off testing their knee power. Mugula continued to look the harder fighter, sending a dangerous hit into the face of the Hungarian.

Nagy staggered around the ring, giving away his unsteady state just into the second minute of the round.

The effects of the face hit must have overwhelmed Mugula's opponent when he finally called off futher fighting so he could have his face attended to.

Closer inspected revealed blood oozing out of the left side of his face.

His left eye had been hit, and the medic had it bandaged up, sending the local fans erupting into cheers. They had sensed it was almost a done deal here.

Fans were also treated a little more drama than they had bargained for when Mugula started grooving to the blaring music in the background as his camp waited on the referee's final call - whether to end the fight or have it go on.

Then when Nagy declared he could not fight any further, the fight was declared over and Mugula winner, seeing him clinch the world title.

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