Boxing Champ Lusambya's First KO Pain

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[Black Star Sports]

A huge bang was heard hitting on the canvas.

That was the sound made by Badru Lusambya, alias "Mr. Crush," when he crashed after a solid hit by Craig Watson in the second round of their scheduled 12-round Commonwealth Light middleweight bout.

A minute and fifty seconds in the second round of the Light middleweight contest of the Commonwealth title, Watson generated wrecking blows to Lusambya’s biggest venture of his career.

By dispatching Lusambya to the canvas, four times in the second round, Watson is back in limelight in astonishing style.

It was also a harsh lesson for "Mr. Crush." It was a dreadful night for Lusambya’s supporters who trekked the journey all the way from Plymouth to Wigan. Lusambya’s supporters only enjoyed the first round as Watson employed other tactics in the second round, delivering crashing blows.

“His first punch in the second round disorganised me,” Lusambya later told this reporter just after the fight, an admission that he was in the position as his previous victims who tasted similar knock-outs. He added: “You fight for a win or loss which is part of the game.”

On seeing Lusambya on the canvas for the fourth time, referee Marcus McDonnell stepped in to save the Ugandan and former Africa’s welterweight Champion from further punishment.

The 28 year-old southpaw pugilist Lusambya was orignally slated to fight Lees Edwards, in the same category of welterweight; he was persuaded into taking the riskier challenge of the Commonwealth title fight at the last hour.

Lusambya could not match Watson, a former Commonwealth welterweight Champion and European Union title contender.

Ambrose Mengy a former manager of the former WBC super middleweight Champion Nigel Benn told Lusambya: “You should not lose hope; this is the beginnig of championship.”

He added: “Two losses is not a big deal, champions like Manny Pacquiao have three in their career. Take your heart and learn lessons.”

Ex-champion Ricky Hatton also stepped in to soothe Lusambya and advised him to get back to the drawing board to correct the mistakes.

“I’m so disappointed, how can he conquer African boxers and fail to win this man?” a female fan who gave her name as Merissa, said after the fight.

  
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