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Prize fighter Lubega eager to start year with victory

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By ABDU WASIKE

Posted  Saturday, February 22  2014 at  02:00
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Kampala

Ugandan Joseph ‘Joey Vegas’ Lubega cannot wait to dump his South African opponent Ryno Liebenberg next week.

The two light heavyweight prize fighters exchange pleasantries for the World Boxing Council International (WBCI) belt in a 12-round contest on March 1 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Lubega, who heads to the Rainbow Nation on Monday, is looking to start the year on a high.

The 2002 Commonwealth Games silver medalist retained the same title last year in August after knocking out Egyptian Hany ‘Hurricane’ Atiyo in the fourth-round in Kampala.
“I am thrilled to be fighting for the title again,” said the 2013 Nile Special Uspa Boxer of the Year.

“I want to give the year a good start and position myself in place where I can attract more lucrative fights. I promise to give my fans a show they will never forget.”
The 32-year-old, who boasts of a 23-5 6KOs record, is however not taking Liebenberg lightly.

“He (Liebenberg) has a good record (18-10) and I have heard he is a tough contender,” he said. “I expect him to be in his best shape. I am also feeling good. And I am focused on winning the bout.”

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