The Observer (Kampala)

31 January 2013

Uganda: Joey Lubega Dreams of Big Per Day Fight Deal

As preparations for his maiden defence title fight gain momentum, world champion Joseph 'Fabulous Joey Vegas' Lubega is going through his paces.

However, much to his delight is the fact that he has a realistic chance to get a mega pay day deal this year. Lubega, who captured the World Boxing Council (WBC)-International light heavyweight title last September, says his promoters have made contact with two 'big-name opponents' for possible fights that could earn him big.

"I have to put in extra work here because there are big prospects ahead," the former Olympian and national amateur team captain said. The prospects reportedly relate to the main WBC belt and IBF title.

But to secure a shot at the aforementioned belts, Lubega will have to successfully defend his WBC-I title in May. "This is another great opportunity for me and I don't see myself letting go of it," Lubega, also voted Boxer of the Year 2012 by local sports journalists, said at the Kampala Boxing club gym at Nakivubo stadium.

Lubega, who boasts of 14 professional career victories (including seven knockouts) and six losses, is currently preparing for a tune-up bout against Kenya-based fighter Mustapha Noor on February 24 at Club Obbligato. His promoters/managers, Abbey 'Arum' Mugayi and Quarashi Walusimbi, say Lubega won't sweat over Mustapha Noor whose record stands at 22 fights in which he has only managed to draw twice.

Last December, the WBC granted Lubega's request to stage his first mandatory defence title fight in May in Kampala, after his promoters said they were financially strained to do that in the developed world within the stipulated three-month period.

Lubega stopped Trinidad and Tobago's Kirt Sinnette to clinch the WBC-International light heavyweight belt in September 2012 in the Port of Spain city, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. This was after earning a wild-card shot at the title.

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