Umar Semata and Moses Golola Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
  • Fight of the Century (Kickboxing)
  • Saturday, 3rd August 2019
  • Moses “Of Uganda” Golola (Red Corner) Vs Umar “The Pain” Semata (Blue Corner)

*Five Rounds (3 Minutes each)

*At Freedom City, Namasuba [Entry fees: 10,000/= (Ordinary), 30,000/= (VIP) & 50,000/= (VVIP)]

Kickboxer Moses “Of Uganda” Golola has never run short of comedy, jokes, and fairytales.

With an enviable motormouth, Golola has that appealing personality and for years, he has virtually lifted kickboxing from oblivion to a platform yearned for by many.

The build-up to the long-anticipated re-match between Golola and Umar “The Pain” Semata is interesting, electric and dramatic as well.

This has been spiced up by Golola’s endless words, the promoters (Abitex and Balaam) exceptional marketing gimmicks.

The highlight of the official pre-match press conference before the Saturday fight surely belonged to Golola who disembarked the guests’ table as he attacked Semata.

CBS Radio journalist Nsejere Ssempijja with a swollen red eye

A punch intended for Semata missed and unfortunately landed onto the face of CBS radio Sports Journalist Faisil Nsejere Ssempijja.

Nsejere who was also the master of ceremonies for the event got his right eye injured by the powerful stray punch.

In a typical Golola style, he bragged and warned Semata;

“How can he speak English at the press conference. That is the reason why I attacked him. After all, he is not Ugandan. He is from Thailand. On Saturday, many fans come and see when I beat Umar Semata from Thailand,” Golola echoed.

Moses “Of Uganda” Golola

Before the commotion, Golola had been a calm entity to the surprise of many.

Ironically, Semata was this time vocal.

“I am giving him (Golola) a retirement package. It has been long overdue. He is only good at talking. Last time, I beat him and he claimed that he slid. Let me send him to retirement officially,” Semata voiced aloud.

Umar “The Pain” Semata talks to the media at Sheraton Kampala Hotel

Battle of Promoters

Besides the Golola – Semata affair, there is an epic clash boiling up between the two biggest event promoters.

Abbey “Abitex” Musinguzi fronts Golola in the red corner and Balaam “Ssabavulu” Byarugahare is with Semata.

Events promoter Balam is in the blue corner with Umar Semata

The two respective camps have also traded a lot of words, obviously spicing up the fight build-up.

“I have already informed funeral managers like A-Plus and Kampala Executive to prepare for Golola’s death. Umar Semata will crash Golola. Last time, he claimed it was an accident just affair. This time Semata has prepared well and will send Golola into a decent retirement,” Balaam warned.

Famous Promoter Abbey “Abitex” Musinguzi addresses the media at Sheraton Kampala hotel. He is red corner with Golola

Abitex with his famous black hat was equally vocal, warning Balaam and his fighter Semata.

“Everyone knows Golola is the best kickboxer in Uganda and the region. We are not here for nothing. It is time we stamp the statement with action. Come, Saturday at Freedom City Balam and Semata will be licking their wounds,” Abitex noted.

The dismantled table, chairs and decorations pushed away by Moses Golola

Seasoned referee Charles Wandera Mugoya will man this epic fight that will be fought on K1 style.

Veteran referee Charles Wandera Mugoya will be in the center of the ring as referee

Undercard Fights:

A variety of undercard fights have been confirmed for the pro – arm ranking second season under different weight categories.

In the super bantamweight (54.6 – 56.4 Kg), the red corner group X fighters include Maxwell James Ogwang (Lira), Ausi Kalabuki (Ausi), Paul Angala (Prisons) and Hardbody’s Emma Eligu.

Group Y (blue corner) has Paul Rukundo (Kinawa), Bruce Mugerwa (Police), Joseph Opio (Soroti), Derrick Mwirugazu (Iganga) and Arnold Sekitto (Powerflex).

The Super-lightweight (60.1 – 62.3 Kg) quarterfinal match-ups have Vicent Mayanja (Hard Boy) against Joel Semanda (Just A Kick), Darius Okello (Police) with Ayubu Magumba (Powerflex) and Iganga’s Musa Musobya lining up against Georgina Wandera of Hard Body.

Under the super welterweight (66.9 – 66.5 Kg) semifinal contests Michael Ngabo of Hard Body will battle Muhammed Ngobi of Powerflex.

Pentagon’s Alex Sebuuma will face Juma Jantuyo of Bugiri Dragon.

Light cruiserweight (81.5 – 84.6 Kg) will have the red corner with Charles Mwangwisha (Police) and Umah Kasozi (Pentagon) in group X.

Group Y will be the blue corner having Justine Okethong of UPDF and Nsicya Kessa of Mbarara Kickboxing club.

According to the President of the Uganda Kickboxing Federation (UKF), Patrick Luyooza the gates will open as early as 2 PM and fans are urged to come as early as possible to book their seats.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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