Boxing

Kassim Ouma wins comeback fight

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By  ABDU WASIKE

Posted  Friday, December 13  2013 at  10:49

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Boxing. Ouma’s last win was in 2010 when he beat Joey Gilbert in the 6th round of their 10-round bout for the vacant NABA middleweight title.

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KAMPALA- After a two-year sabbatical, former IBF Middleweight champion Kassim ‘The Dream’ Ouma bounced back in style to redeem his faltering career against Rahman Yusubov yesterday.
Ouma, 28-8-1 (17) won a six round unanimous decision over Yusubov, 9-13 (7) from Azerbaijan as all the three judges’ scorecards read 59-55 at the EconoLodge Conference Centre in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
According to one of the pundits on www.doghouseboxing.com, the Ugandan pugilist appeared rusty in the opening round but managed to edge his opponent.
In the second round, Yusubov landed three straight left hooks to the head of Ouma. In a lively third round Ouma landed a double left hook knocking Yusubov off balance.
Though Ouma looked not like ‘The Dream’ of old, he did enough to take four of the first five rounds. Yusubov landed the harder punches with his left hook but too few of them. In the sixth and final round, Ouma was clearly winning but a hard right from Yusubov landed on the side of Ouma’s left cheek. He took too many punches but again took the round.
“I plan on continuing. I’m back. I needed the work and didn’t go for a knockout,” said Ouma, who hopes to ride on this victory to secure a world title shot next year.
His last fight was against World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin who knocked him out in the 10th round on June 17, 2011.

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