The final trials for slots in the national boxing team that will feature at the 2020 Olympic qualifiers in Senegal have been brought forward to this Sunday the 5th of August at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.
This was announced by the Uganda Boxing Federation president Moses Muhangi.
The New Year has started early for the 26 boxers vying for the 13 slots available for Uganda in the Africa Olympic qualifiers set for Dakar, Senegal next month.
Following a directive to all member federations from the Africa Olympics boxing task force to submit their final lists of boxers to represent their countries by 6th January, the Uganda Boxing Federation has changed the dates for the final qualifiers from 12th to this Sunday 5th January at the MTN Arena in Lugogo as the federation boss Moses Muhangi announced.
Despite the abrupt change, the boxers are not any less enthused. Having missed out on a chance to represent his country at the All Africa games in Morocco last year due to lack of a passport, Zana Boxing club’s Male Joshua nicknamed ‘The Punisher’ vows to see off Edris Mukiibi on Sunday now that he has gotten his passport.
Among the key bouts in the women’s category will be 20-year-old Doreen Nassali who faces local ring queen Hellen Beleke who won bronze in Morocco for the middleweight slot, and teenager Catherine Nanziri who battles Teddy Nakimuli in the flyweight.
The girls say they are all ready to ramble.
In other fights on the day, Solomon Geko will take on Micheal Komaketch in the super heavyweight, fans darling David Semuju has Yusuf Nkobeza to deal with in the lightweight category while Stanley Mugerwa will have to negotiate Bombers Captain Shadir Musa the welterweight among other fights.
Eight Male and five female boxers will be selected to carry Uganda’s flag in Senegal.
As a way of collecting funds to support the team, the first time there will be an entrance fee of 5,000 and 10,000 Uganda shillings for those interested in watching the bouts.