20 December 2012

Uganda: UPBC Gets International Recognition

Barely a month after assuming office, Moses Kiyingi Bbosa, the new pro-boxing commission (UPBC) president and his executive have received overwhelming approval from the sport's major international sanctioning bodies.

The World Boxing Council (WBC), International Boxing Federation (IBF), African Boxing Union (ABU) and Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC) have written to the ministry of Sports through the National Council of Sports confirming UPBC as their affiliate in Uganda

In his letter, dated December 13, WBC president Jose Sulaiman stated: "This is an official certification that the Uganda professional boxing commission (UPBC) is affiliated to the World Boxing Council since 1974, also through the African Boxing Union. UPBC is the official commission that administers professional boxing in Uganda."

CBC secretary general, Simon Block, and Houcine Houichi, president of ABU, confirmed working with UPBC in separated letters on December 12. Similarly, IBF vice president for Africa, Onesmus Ngowi, also wrote on December 15 affirming UPBC as their sole representative.

The letters, addressed to NCS general secretary Jasper Aligawesa, followed a request by the new UPBC executives who want to distance themselves from the chaos that marred last month's fight between Zebra Ssenyange and Haruna Banabana Ddiba.

The fight, sanctioned by newly formed Uganda Boxing Union (UBU), ended prematurely after rowdy fans exploited security lapses to throw objects in the ring, injuring some officials and one of Banabana's corner men.

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