Friday March 28 2014

East Coast, UPDF dominate National Open

KBC’s Kamada Ntege (L) lands a punch on

KBC’s Kamada Ntege (L) lands a punch on Kikungwe’s Geoffrey Kawooya. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA 


Naguru-based East Coast Boxing Club and Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) are headed for a straight forward battle in a two-horse race as the National Boxing Open Championship enters its final stages at Lugogo.

UDPF, who did not put up a good performance in last month’s Intermediates, sent out a resounding message, with a number of their boxers through to the quarterfinals.
East Coast’s dominance has been seen from the Novices, Intermediates and now the Open with most of their pugilists producing stunning displays.

It’s not by coincidence that East Coast is leading the table standings by 10 points, closely followed by UPDF and KCCA who are tied at seven points.

Community Aids Based Programmes (Cobap), Police and Zana are also tied on six points with Kololo and African Sport on five and four points respectively. Kampala Boxing Club have 2 points.

Action resumes tomorrow with semi-finals while finals are scheduled for Sunday.

Light heavy weight (81kgs)
Alex Kakooza (Zana) beat Denis Mulindwa (Gulu), Abdu Njego (KCCA) beat Swaibu Matovu (UPDF), Erasi Wanda (Meat packers) beat Haruna Byekwaso (Katwe), Joseph Mpungu (KBC) beat Osborn Mandela (Army), Reagan Ssimbwa (East Coast) beat Badru Nyombi (Scorpions), Hussein Saddam (Police) beat Ismail katerega (Sakku), Fred Opiru (African sport) beat Eddie Ddamba (Rise & Shine)
First quarterfinals
Light fly weight (49kgs)
Joseph kalema (Cobap) beat Juma fazil (East Coast), Umaru Mutebi (KCCA) beat Abdu Sebutte (UPDF), Geoffrey Mubiru (Kololo) beat Abdul Salman (Boggie)
Flyweight (52kgs)
Bernard Waswa (Kampala Comb) beat Nathan Katende (KBC)