Kampala. When we asked Patricia Apolot what she expected from her title defence against Anita Nagy, a Hungarian national champion, moreover in Hungary, the Ugandan female kickboxing queen was surprisingly very positive.
She said, “Of course I am going for a win, I want to return with my belt; I am very ready for the challenge and my coaches say I’m now a fighting machine.”
Indeed, on Saturday night, she retained her World Kickboxing Federation-International title in Dunaujvaros, Hungary, after forcing Nagy to retire in the first interval of the six-round fight.
Apolot was aggressive, launching every attack with a torrent of hard punches on Nagy’s head and some kicks on her torso. Nagy’s counter and defence were wanting and she always lived dangerously.
Apolot’s thunderous left hook on the chin crumbled Nagy to the canvas late in the first round, and despite beating the referee’s count, her armoury looked enfeebled.
Little wonder she surrendered in the first break. “Patricia was very energetic and injured her opponent in the face, so Nagy couldn’t continue with the fight,” Patrick Luyooza, who was in Apolot’s corner, told us on phone. Apolot on her part said she won because “I’m a person of purpose, I went for a win, followed my coaches’ guidance and God helped me through.”
She won the WKF-International title by knocking out Serbian Ivana Mirkov in the first round in the same arena on June 27, becoming the first Ugandan female fighter to win an international bout.