By Johnson Were and Silvano Kibuuka
Intercontinental title fight
WORLD intercontinental welter weight kick-boxing champion Ronald Mugula has vowed to knock down Abdallah Hessen in today’s title fight at Freedom City, Namasuba.
During an interview with New Vision yesterday, 28-year-old Mugula pointed that his plan is to deny the Egyptian time to concentrate and knock him in the first three rounds.
“No fighter has survived a knockout in this K1 style and the Egyptian should know that. I have no mercy for anyone that comes near my belt,” Mugula warned.
“I am told he is good and I want the best to challenge me. He has declared under age (18) but I know he won’t go beyond the third round unless he performs better than his ability,” Mugula added.
Mugula did not fly in his German-based coaching crew from Samba Promotions due to costs and resorted to a local trainer Abu Kikenwa.
However, the Egyptian in an interview after training at Mt Zion on Monday afternoon similary vowed to crash Mugula.
“I am here to win and not to joke and I am confident victory will be mine,” Hessenstated through his interpretor and coach Hamada Abd El Ghay.
Hamada added: “This is the first black opponent my fighter is facing. He has been fighting Algerians, Morocans and opponents from Europe and our target is to carry the title to Egypt.”
At the weigh in yesterday, Mugual registered 68 and Hamada 69.
To claim the world title, Mugula beat Romanian Elek Janos at Kyadondo Rugby ground before silencing Hungarian fighter (late) Andras Nagy.
The Ugandan’s record stands at 62 fights with 45 wins, 11 losses and six draws while his 18-year-old Egyptian opponent’s record in 30 fights stands at 23 wins and seven losses.
‘General’ Sharif Bukenya, Paineto Mwesigwa and Alex Masiko will be involved in the several undercard fights lined-up.