Shadir Musa Bwogi has crossed from Amateur to professional boxing Credit: Christel Saneh

It remains a dream for many an active sportsman and woman to transit from the amateur way of life to a fully-fledged professional set-up.

This is the bold path that two Ugandan boxers that represented the country at the recent 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan Musa Shadir Bwogi and David Kavuma have followed.

Bwogi and Kavuma officially crossed over from the amateur to professional ranks.

This duo alongside female Olympian Catheirne Nanziri are under 12 Sports Rounds Promotions, a new boxing promotion company owned by Stephen Ssembuya.

12 Sports Rounds Promotions launch: From Olympics to Pro Boxing

12 Sports Rounds Promotions was officially launched at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

We have signed the best boxers in the region, in Shadir Musa, David Kavuma Ssemujju, Cathrine Nanziri and others, we want to push them as much as we can to see that one day, they become world champions. Signing three Olympians and other good boxers in the region is a privilege to us as a company because they accepted to work with us, that means, they saw importance in us. But it’s not only good to us but also the Ugandans, they are going to get a buffet in professional boxing, the guys have different talents, different styles of play and they are really to entertain us and we are going to see a great transition from amateur to pro.

Stephen Ssembuya, Director 12 Sports Rounds Promotions
Shadir Musa Bwogi (red) will take on Herbert Mugarura on 1st April 2022 at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo

To that effect, 12 Sports Rounds Promotions has organized a big night on 1st April 2022 at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo.

On this day, Bwogi’s debut professional fight will come against Herbert “Hot Loaf” Mugarura in the Welterweight category.

Mugarura has had 14 professional fights (14-9-1-4).

On the other hand, Ssemujju faces experienced Hamza “Champion” Latigo in the Middleweight fight.

David Ssemujju at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan Credit: Christel Saneh

Bwogi hinted on the reasons as why he turned professional.

The main aim why I turned pro is; I want to keep my legacy, and honor, secondly, professional boxing is inactive, it hurts, we think it would be the vibrant sport in Uganda and the top in making money because it does in the whole world. But the pro in Uganda had no good boxers who can give value an the milage it deserves, we have been the best in Amateur, so we are bringing the same to professional. We want to see that transition, seeing fans also coming to pro and see what is taking place this side. We have come to claim what belongs to us, we came to make money.

Musa Shadir Bwogi, professional boxer
Catherine Nanziri in action against Japan’s Tsukimi Namiki Credit: Chritel Saneh

Uganda’s first ever female boxing Olympian Nanziri is yet to turn professional with a target of featuring in the Commonwealth games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

She will fight Kenyan boxer Nichole Achieng on 1st April 2022.

I want to put this clear, I have not fully turned pro because I am still under A & B. I have not officially announced that I have left them, I came to fight to be active because it has been a while since Tokyo games, I am preparing for Commonwealth Games. But it is in my dream to turn pro, I take boxing as a business, none wants to take a punch for free, but I wanted to first build a simple profile in amateur.

Catherine Nanziri, female Olympian Boxer

Entry fees are 20,000/= (ordinary), 50,000/= (VIP) and 1,000,000/= (table).

1st April 2022 Match-up:

  • Shadir Musa Bwogi Vs Herbert “Hot Loaf” Mugarura
  • David Ssemujju Vs Hamza “Champion” Latigo
  • Swalik “Tyson” Kisitu Vs Paul “Kasumali” Katemba
  • Catherine Nanziri Vs Nichole Achieng
  • Stanley Mugerwa Vs Ibra Mukiibi
  • Raymond Mugisha Vs Farouk Luwulira
  • Roger Kamulegeya Vs Jowali Kalenzi
  • Isaac Ssebufu Vs Godfrey Kyawaomu

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

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