No doubt, Hima Cement sponsored kick-boxer Patricia ‘Black Pearl’ Apolot is arguably Uganda’s best female fighter at the moment.
Bar the world title captured as a result of her enviable hard kicks for the opposition, Apolot has floored and crushed many in her midst.
Now, she desires to have the African honour as well with the upcoming fight against Tunisian opponent, Lahkrech Yosra in the pipe line.
Tagged the Black Pearl once in the ring, she eyes the African silverware and nothing else, after all she is the World Champion already.
Apolot takes to the ring against Lahkrech on December 2, 2016 at the Lugogo Indoor Arena in Kampala in a fight dubbed ‘Reign of Giants’.
To prove the lioness heart embedded inside her, Apolot told the media at HBT Hotel in Kampala on Tuesday;
I am going into this fight ready to prove to the whole world that Ugandans are fighters.
With God’s grace, I am aiming at knocking her out and retaining my title. I have prepared well and I feel very fit. I am only waiting for the fight day.
The fight is part of an international as well as African championship dubbed, “The reign of giants’’ that has been organized by the Uganda Kickboxing Federation in partnership with Ampropen Company Limited as a way of giving young kickboxers more international exposure.
Apolot’s record stands at 11 wins out of her 12 fights;six of which are knockouts. She recently managed to defend her titles at the World Kickboxing Federation International championship in Hungary.
Allan Ssemakula, Hima Cement’s Marketing Director says the cement maker has made a deliberate decision to support the development of sports in the country because when sportsmen and women shine, the national pride is enhanced.
Hima Cement recognizes the value that sports plays in Uganda and that is why we pledge to continue supporting its development.
This is mainly to avail a firm foundation upon which sportsmen and women can catapult their careers to greater heights. We wish Patricia all the best as she defends her African title
Also lined up for the night include Uganda’s Alex Matsiko against United Arab Emirates’ Khalil Dermech.
Fast improving Uganda’s Shakey Mubiru against Tunisia’s Ben Anes Montassar.