Uganda Pugilist Seeks Title

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Ugandan born professional pugilist Abdul Tebazalwa contender of featherweight category is scheduled to take on world’s number one in a 12 round scheduled bout on Sunday, October 7, at Tara Leisure Centre, Shaw Lancashire-Manchester City.

Tebazalwa, alias Cobra, has a nine-win track record,  seven of which are by KOs. He has one draw and no loss since he turned professional. He takes on the Mongolian holder of the featherweight title Choi Tseveenpurev.

Although, the northern cities of the United Kingdom haven’t been rosy for Uganda pugilists, Tebazalwa with a very good record as an amateur and experience has earned the name Cobra--for his hissing, unstoppable jabs. He is  determined to break the jinxes.

“I have managed to watch all his fights, movements and discovered where his weakness lies. Just wait Sunday, the words don’t matter,” says Tebazalwa in a telephone interview with The Black Star News, adding that, “I’m in good shape, I need to stop him, come Sunday.”

“He is not a threat; I will contain him when we get into the ring by trying to avoid falling into the trap of John Mackay Mukaaya,” Tebazalwa adds.

“I know he is a good boxer, and so am I. Then, there is no worry, I’m gona stop him. I will not let him jump off the cobra at all time, which is my target, to win this crucial fight,” the Ugandan adds, in a confident tone.

To acclimatize with the cold conditions similar to those of northern England, Tebazalwa has been training in Sweden where the weather is similar under the watchful eyes of Risum Henrik of Denmark and his manager the Swedish-based Eddie Bazira.

Tebazalwa’s agent Danny Lutaaya adds of his fighter: “I have hoped that, this boy with his punches, the skies is the limit.”
“Yes, the opponent is very good but Tebazalwa is good, accurate and agile with a lethal jab. He will contain Choi, I can stake my money,” agent Lutaaya adds.

“Tebazalwa is not the type of guy who put on slapdash fights and he doesn’t make hard things. He takes easily and controls the opponent.”
Tebazalwa was brought-up in Katwe, the same tough neighborhood that also reared Uganda’s legendary Ayub Kalule, a former WBA Champion comes.

Those who have tasted the hissing cobra recently include Nikoloz Berkatsashvili of Georgia and some Tanzanian opponents. Zimbabwe’s Peter Pembeni also succumbed to Tebazalwa as did Zambia’s Godwin Matampuka; other victims were Tanzanians Godfrey Mawe and Ajibu Salum. 

Champion Choi, with 28 bouts, boasts 24 wins and only 4 losses.

Investigative news reporter and sports fan Miwambo writes for The Black Star News from U.K.

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