Tonight is the night. Uganda’s Shafik Kiwanuka faces Zimbabwe’s Thamsanqa Dube. The trophy the World Boxing Federation All-Africa Heavyweight Title. The venue International University of East Africa (IUEA) auditorium.
The result we don’t know yet as both sides are threatening to walk away with the belt. But certainly, except the rare possibility of a draw, there will always be one winner.
But Kiwanuka’s trainer, Abdul Tebazalwa, throws some insight. He predicts a knockout.
With arrogant finality, he said: “Dube, I can’t tell in which round you will go down but the way I see you, I know you will go down.” He said twice. And he didn’t mean a knockdown but a knockout.
He sent the same warning to Tyson Mbikayi in July and Kiwanuka finished off the job in just 35 seconds.
Battle of firsts
The heavyweight battle will be inside Kiwanuka’s university auditorium, the first professional boxing event in a university setting. He is also the first Ugandan to vie for a continental heavyweight title and if he wins it won’t he could be the first to win the African title in just his third pro bout.
The lanky fighter, aka the Killing Machine, has learnt these stats from the extensive media coverage in the build-up to this title shot since September and is keen to seize the moment that WBF president Howard Goldberg said could be the beginning to his long pursuit of a world title
“The Killing Machine is ever ready,” he warned his chubby opponent who is 13kg heavier, 14 years older. “Dube, you must die, my swords are lethal.”
Kiwanuka, 23, has won both his two professional fights in just the first round.
He seeks a third KO against a former Pan-African champion who has not been in action since 2011.
MASTER TRAINER SPEAKS OUT.
“Dube, I can’t tell in which round you will go down but the way I see you, I know you will go down.” He said twice. And he didn’t mean a knockdown but a knockout.
ABDU TEBAZALWA - KIWANUKA’S BOXING TRAINER
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