For his physic, athleticism, record, power, age and experience, Netherlands-based boxer Farouk Daku, enjoying the lively support of the home crowd at Nakivubo Parking lot, looked a clear knockout favourite. But Hungarian journeyman Jozsef Kormany, his opponent for the World Boxing Forum (WBF) super middleweight title on Sunday morning, stood the distance.
Right from the onset, Daku, 30, looked destined for an easy victory, because 18-year old Kormany did not pose any physical threat.
But the Ugandan waited until the 12th round to express the urgency, power and accuracy that would have finished off business earlier.
Granted, Kormany moved a lot all night and he was poor at defence but still, Daku failed to knock him down even one single moment. Whenever the Ugandan southpaw landed his left, sometimes staggering the opponent, his combination failed.
Why? “He wasn’t an easy fighter; he moves a lot like (Floyd) Mayweather. I tried so much to stop him but it was hard,” Daku told Daily Monitor after a unanimous decision win.
“But I’m very happy to win this world title a few months after winning the African title; Thanks for all your support.”
In June last year, Daku convincingly defeated Tanzanian Said Mbelwa, here and won the African Boxing Union super middleweight belt.
Against Kormany (12 wins and 20 losses), Daku has enhanced his record to 20 wins (9Kos); 9 losses and 1 draw.
No world class
The show organised by Malingumu Promotion and matchmaker Abbey Mugayi did not look any part a world title event.
From the confusion at the gates; to the average crowds, a handful of seats, the untidy ring and second-rate ring announcer, it looked like an ordinary event. Even the referee and the judges of the world title bout were all Ugandans.
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