The Observer (Kampala)

3 January 2013

Uganda: Muwendo Ready for Napunyi

Ugandan professional boxer Ismail 'Sharp shooter' Muwendo, who is based in the US, will take on Kenya's Anthony Napunyi on Saturday in a non-title eight-round fight in Minnesota.

Ahead of the fight, the unbeaten super featherweight Muwendo says: "I'm ready to take on Anthony, I have never lost a fight and I want to promote myself through such fights."

Muwendo is the current USA Mid American featherweight title holder and a win over Napunyi will further elevate him for bigger title fights. The highflying Muwendo has won all his 11 fights with nine coming by way of knockout. In October, he knocked out American Leon Bobo in just two rounds. On the other hand, Napunyi lost to Mason Menerd in his last fight although the Kenyan is also looking ahead to consolidate himself with a win over Muwendo.

Innitially, Muwendo was scheduled to take on Wilton Hilario on February 9 this year but the fight was cancelled. Meanwhile, Muwendo has some advice for budding Ugandan boxers trapped in administration boxing wrangles. In a telephone interview, he says: "It is hard to have promoters who can help you if you have not been consistent in boxing and this comes with a settled environment in the game.

"So, in the interest of the sport, there is a need to avoid wrangles so that boxing can be uplifted because the current situation in Uganda cannot attract sponsors and promoters."

In the same vein, the WBC-I title holder Joseph 'Joey Vegas' Lubega could be stripped of his belt if he fails to defend the title within two months. Since winning the title back in September 2012, the self-promoted Lubega has failed to defend the title because he needs about Shs 130m to organise an event.

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