Fight promoters locked in dispute over date of bouts

Thursday September 17 2015

By Abdul-Nasser Ssemugabi

KAMPALA.

The Uganda Professional Boxing Commission (UPBC), a body responsible for regulating professional boxing is under the spotlight for failing to settle the impasse between two promotional companies.

The dispute is between Lash Media and Nara Promotions. Reason? Both are fighting for the same date for their respective events. And the Commission is noncommittal.
Nara Promotions say they booked October 9, 2015 for their event named “Independence Day Explosion” earlier than any other promotion company.

“We booked this date with UPBC in July, how come Lash is claiming the same date?” Hussein Babu, head of Nara, reasoned in their press meet.

But Lash Media insist on the same date for the world kickboxing title bout between Umar Ssemata and Piotr Lagodzki as well as a boxing match between Basajja Mivule and a Tanzanian opponent—which was rescheduled from September 4.

Simon Katongole, UPBC’s vice president-technical said it is not wrong to sanction different events on the same date, adding that both companies met the Commission’s demands. However, he struggled to persuade Nara into talks with their rivals.

Babu asked, “If Maureen (Mulangira) withdrew and booked for a later date, who is Alice (Namatovu), head of Lash Media) who cannot even meet us physically?” Celestino Mindra, the secretary general Africa Boxing Union, said whatever decision is taken, the Commission should maintain trust in the eyes of promoters, the media and the public.

Mulangira of Intersport International Sports Promotions targeted the same date for Moses Golola, but when she learnt it was booked, “out of civility,” she opted for October 30.

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