New Vision (Kampala)

Uganda: UBU Plan Boxing Gala

Bottled water, and any other beverages including soda and beer, tins and any other objects that can be thrown, have been banned in the hall during the Liberation Day boxing gala due at Lugogo Indoor Stadium on Febuary 15.

Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Sorowen announced the ban on Tuesday during the launch of the event that will have five bouts on card with the theme 'Uganda versus East Africa'.

"When you are organising such events please don't take them to Kisenyi if you want good security, but put them in Lugogo. I want to assure you that we shall give the best security ever," Sorowen pledged.

"We shall check every person entering. No bottle, tin, mairungi, marijuana and any other dangerous objects shall be allowed inside the hall. We don't want to see a repeat of the other time," the AIGP, who is also in charge of sports in the Uganda Police Force, stressed.

Uganda Boxing Union (UBU) vice president Benjamin Mukasa lauded the Force for the support. He disclosed that for the first time Ugandan boxers will be insured and Rainbow Hospital will offer medical services at the event.

The fights, organised by UBU, will have Uganda's Kenneth Odeke take on Ashraf Sulaiman from Tanzania in a 10-round bout in the heavyweight category.

Odeke has a record of two fights with two wins, both knockouts.

The other fights will feature Robert Kamya of Uganda against Kenya's Mark Olieck, (middleweight) and Juma Waiswa battling Herbert Mugula in one of the undercard fights.

Power Horse energy drink, Rainbow City Hospital, NBS TV, Uganda Police and UPDF, among others, are some of the sponsors of the night's event.

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