New Vision (Kampala)

18 February 2013

Uganda: World Kickboxing Official to Supervise Bukenya Fight

A World Kickboxing Federation executive member will supervise the WKF Intercontinental welterweight contest between Sharif Bukenya and European champion Jarkko Jussila.

WKF Executive Director Friedrich Exenberger arrives in Uganda two days to the fight.

"His presence will go a long way in ensuring that the fight is up to WKF standards," said Uganda Kickboxing Federation's Edddy Gombya.

Gombya was a very happy man on Friday after receiving an Ethiopian Airlines offer of an air ticket for Exenberger.

"We are proud to be associated with kickboxing. We promise more support," said the airlines area manager Abebe Angessa. The $1,040 (sh 2.7m) ticket catersfor Exenberger's travel from Frankfurt.

The 10 round full contact fight will be staged at Freedom City, Najjanankumbi on Entebbe road.

Jussilla, who hails from Finland, has 10 wins and three losses while Bukenya has won all his five fights. One of the undercards will have another fighter from Finland Seifulia Shamil taking on Uganda's Abu Kikenwa in a five round contest.

Jussila and Shamil will also arrive on Thursday and will a day after make a donation to one of Kampala's foster homes.

"It's a gesture of giving something to the under privileged in memory of their almost similar childhood in Finland," explained Gombya.

The forthcoming event is jointly sponsored by SMS One, WBS, One Media, Holiday Express Hotel, Ethiopia Airlines, Ntinda Hospital, Uhuru Executive and Freedom City. Charges have been set at sh30,000 (gold), sh20,000 (silver) and sh10,000 (general).

WKF welterweight title fight:

S. Bukenya v J. Jussila

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