Professional boxing in this country will have to be channelled and sanctioned by one boxing body if their is to be stability in the sport.
“We had a meeting with the sports minister and all the relevant partners in professional boxing including the Uganda Boxing Union that all professional boxing fights will be sanctioned by the Uganda Professional Boxing Commission,” Salim Uhuru, the UPBC vice-president said at a press conference at his restaurant this morning. “The Honorable Minister directed National Council of Sports general secretary that all professional boxing activities shall not be allowed to take place without clearance or authorization by UPBC.”
Uganda Boxing Union is set to host a world championship fight on April 26 which will see Kenneth “Mr Bad News” Odeke, vying for the vacant WFC Africa heavyweight title against Iranian Sayed Abbas Nassab at Kati Kati restaurant.
“Look we are not here to kill boxing and we wish UBU all the best, but from now onwards they will have to get their fights sanctioned by us,” Uhuru stressed. “We have no problems with promoters and we like the efforts they are doing to promote boxing together with the corporate sponsors that are coming on body however their should only be one body that runs professional boxing.”
Uganda Boxing Union is a break away of UPBC and has had three fights so far and are affiliated to World Boxing Organisation.