Shortly after being left out of the national team squad that traveled to represent Uganda in Yaounde, boxer Jonah Kyobe humbled youngster Eliphaz Mbaziira in the Uganda boxing federation champions league week 7 on Saturday at TLC – Kamwokya.
All this was witnessed by a number of Boxing fans, national team boxers like Zebra Ssenyage Junior and a couple of celebrities like popular Pearl magic series-Prestige’s Cleopatra Koheirwe.
In the ring, Kyobe who was the fovourite to win on the day didn’t not start well as he was surprised by the level of boxing Mbaziira portrayed in the opening round.
Inside the two opening rounds, he survived a significant scare from the Uganda’s Boxing prospect but later on managed to recover.
On the side of Mbaziira, a S3 student at St Jonah SS-Namugongo who started strong in the first two rounds throwing a number of counter hooks and jabs lost it all in the third( 3rd ) round when he switched to fight from the outside.
This gave Kyobe the advantage pushing him to clitnch both the third, fourth rounds and momentum to kill off the 5th round despite it being close.
This later on after the fight, meant that however much Mbaziira competed in the three rounds (1st, 2nd and 5th), he lost the fight 5:0 to the 2022 Africa bronze medalist won by unanimous decision of the the judges.
After the games Kyobe came out to acknowledge Mbaziira as a good competitor saying;
“I had a game plan of letting him fight for the first two rounds because I knew he would lose steam and it is what happened. However, he is a good competitor with extra ordinary power,”
Earlier in this Champion week 5, Kyobe was meant to fight 2022 National Open best boxer Khassim Murungi but didn’t manage to turn up due to sickness.
This was a blessing in disguise for Murungi as it earned him a visa to the ongoing Africa boxing championship in Cameroon.
Away from the main fight, we had another national team boxer in the ring Owen Kibira who beat Kawoya Mohamed Ali after the referee stopped contest (RSC) in 3rd round.
In the other bouts on the day, Lukwago Julius from Lukanga boxing Club beat Mwenda Joshua of Sparks boxing Club 4:1 in a Light weight contest of 63kgs
For Byabagambi Anwar who also comes from Lukanga, he boxed KCCA ‘s Kintu Derrick 4:1 in the middle youth contest of 75kgs.
In the juniors, Wasswa Jonathan from Namagooma defeated Moses Nasasira from Lukanga 5:0 as Sparks’ Kisakye Roy edged Shamilah Ibrahim 3:2 in the Bantam Junior Girls.
A number of bouts were won 5:0 by unanimous decision on the day, something that portrayed the determination of the different boxers on the day.
Ssekyanzi Charles(minimum 48kgs),Lutwama Akram (Feather weight 57kgs), Kawooya Badru (Light weight), Mukisa Benjamin ( minimum 48kgs), Nantongo Shakira ( Flu weight Elite girls) all beat their opponents 5:0 .
Ariatamba Shafik, Lubega Shamdin and Adriko Jimmy are the other names that need a special mention since the won their respective bouts on the day.
More to lookout for as the troops await the 8th week of the Uganda Boxing Champions League next Saturday, 5th August 2023 .