Kickboxing fans will have to get their tickets in time for the highly-anticipated fight between self-proclaimed king of Uganda’s kickboxing Moses Golola and reigning national champion Titus Tugume.
The fight that was moved to August 30 from July 14 at Freedom City, along Entebbe Road, had hit a snag earlier after the two fighters and promoter Benson Kasenene failed to agree on how much each of the kickboxers would to take home.
But with the partnership of Abitex promotions, the bout got back on track and kickboxing fans have enough reason to look forward to the promising clash.
Golola will be defending the East and Central African title he won in 2011 when he stopped Sudanese Abdul Qadir Rahim but UPDF’s Tugume is determined to snatch it from the big talking man. Addressing the media yesterday, Tugume - who turned up with a coffin and banner reading, “On August 30 is Golola’s death,” said he had been waiting for the day he takes on Golola.
“All along I have been waiting for that day and have trained and prepared for the fight,” explained the Kampala University student. Asked why he turned up with the casket, Tugume said: “Golola requested for the coffin and l had to fulfill what he asked for. Come August 30, he will leave in his coffin.”
The self-styled Golola is in Kenya undergoing intensive training. “He is joking. Tugume has just dug himself a grave,” Golola told NTV Uganda.
Golola’s manager Susane Kiwanuka was also on hand to snap back at Tugume. “Tugume will eat his words and will go back in the coffin instead,” he said, “My fighter is ready and can’t wait to face him.”
Tugume knocked out Farouk Kimera in the third round to retain the national kickboxing super middle weight title last year whereas Golola recorded his first win in two years in April after beating Hungarian Istavn Betyar in a tune-up fight.