Friday April 25 2014

Semata to face Hessen

Semata displays his belt. PHOTO: A. BABIRYE

Semata displays his belt. PHOTO: A. BABIRYE 

By Elvis Senono & Abdu Wasike

After two postponements, Ugandan Umar Semata will finally have his chance to fight Abdullah Hessen for the Intercontinental Welterweight title. The two fighters face off on May 4 at Natete Shopping Complex after their fight had twice been postponed from April 21 to April 24.

The Thailand-based Semata jetted into the country at the weekend and quickly made his intentions clear. “I am here to punish that boy,” Semata said at the fight launch in Kampala on Wednesday.

Semata defeated Australian Rhys Karakyriacos by unanimous decision to win the World Boxing Council Muay Thai Super Middleweight title last year.
He is also currently ranked 15th in the WKF super welterweight world rankings.

His opponent Hessen, meanwhile, defeated Ugandan Ronald Mugula on New Year’s Day to win the Intercontinental Welterweight title in one of the most accomplished performances by a foreign fighter here.
The Semata-Hessen Muay Thai style fight will last five rounds.