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‘Mr Crush’ goes for global belt

By Vision Reporter

Added 10th May 2005 03:00 AM

AFRICAN light middleweight champion Badru “Mr Crush” Lusambya has landed a deal that assures him of a Commonwealth title shot within eight months.
A UK based firm Biz International Management has offered to secure the title by February.

AFRICAN light middleweight champion Badru “Mr Crush” Lusambya has landed a deal that assures him of a Commonwealth title shot within eight months.
A UK based firm Biz International Management has offered to secure the title by February.

By James Bakama and Phillip Corry

AFRICAN light middleweight champion Badru “Mr Crush” Lusambya has landed a deal that assures him of a Commonwealth title shot within eight months.
A UK based firm Biz International Management has offered to secure the title by February.

“The deal is sealed,” said Lusambya’s promotions manager Emmanuel Mwesigwa. Biz International will, according to Mwesigwa, in the build-up to the title also secure European and US opponents for Lusambya. Biz International, that also has offices in the US, is owned by a Ugandan Jack Kabanda.

Lusambya has gone ten fights without a loss. But the Ugandan fighter’s opposition has been limited to east and central Africa — a fact that the boxer wants changed.

“I want to take on a Muzungu,” said Lusambya on Sunday repeating a demand he has made over the past six months.

Justin Juuko is the other Ugandan fighter to have held a professional boxing Commonwealth title while Adam Katumwa was last year knocked out in the fifth round in an attempt to win the Commonwealth light middleweight crown.

Meanwhile, Lusambya will fight former South African champion Tshepo Mashego on June 18 at Nakivubo stadium.

“It will be one of his toughest career fights, but he has fought good opponents before. I believe he will handle him,” Mwesigwa said.
It will be the first South African opponent that Lusambya will be fighting as he makes the second defence of his African title.

Initially he was supposed to have fought a Russian opponent Sergei Mugurev. However the fight fell through because it was a costly venture.

* AUSTRALIAN featherweight Jackson “Action” Asiku is currently training for his vacant Africa Boxing Union (ABU) featherweight title fight in London with Britain’s former WBC contender Michael Brodie.

The Ugandan pugilist who is based in Adelaide is sparring with the popular British fighter at the Peacock gym in East London.

Brodie is set to meet Scottish WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison next month, while Asiku will fight Zambia’s national champion Saulus Kaunda, for the vacant African title on June 18 at Nakivubo.

Asiku is the Australia featherweight champion and will be looking to add another title to his collections. He is also the former WBO Asia Pacific featherweight champion.

The Ugandan is being handled by former Ugandan boxers Danny Lutaaya and John Waigo.

Uganda will host the Africa Boxing Convention (ABU) for the first time next month and as part of the event several fights are being organised which will see Ugandan pugilists fighting boxers from South Africa, Ghana and Zambia.

‘Mr Crush’ goes for global belt

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