20 December 2012

Uganda: Fistknights Series Returns

The local boxing fraternity braces for another thrilling night with some captivating match-ups on the forthcoming second edition of Fistknights Boxing Promotions (FBP) series, writes Moses Mugalu.

Unbeaten Mustafa Katende (7-0,5KOs) will fight former East and Central African champion Med Sebyala (5-7-1) in the main event of the January 19, 2013 card at Mengo Social Centre outdoor arena. The two fighters will contest for the vacant national (UPBC) middleweight title.

"That's my belt; he [Sebyala] should not even dream about it," Katende said after matchmaker and promoter Mike Kizza announced the headliner.

Katende is coming off a first-round knockout win over Henry Kitara. Sebyala, who lost the regional title to Tanzanian Thomas Mashali in October, retaliated; "I want to win this title to bounce back; so, it's a do-or-die for me and Katende cannot stand in the way."

Going by their fight records and the calibre of opponents, Sebyala should be the more tested fighter. He has fought against reputable opponents like former African champions including Rashid Matmula and Ahmed Benjeddou.

This will be the first title bout on the FBP series which had a hugely successful debut last October. Former African champion, Mike Kizza, and Australia-based retired boxer, Paulo Wasaka, are the organizers of the series intended to keep local fighters active in the absence of regular promotions.

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