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The enemy within Ouma

By Vision Reporter

Added 24th August 2003 03:00 AM

I Say So
Whoever chose Kassim “The Dream” Ouma’s sobriquet must have been prophesying Uganda’s fourth world boxing champion

I Say So
Whoever chose Kassim “The Dream” Ouma’s sobriquet must have been prophesying Uganda’s fourth world boxing champion

I Say So
By James Bakama

WHOEVER chose Kassim “The Dream” Ouma’s sobriquet must have been prophesying Uganda’s fourth world boxing champion.

Five years after getting the nickname, Ouma, 18-1-1(11), is steadily making the dream a reality by punching his way to the light middleweight title.

His latest victim was Carlos Borjoquez, whom he stopped in the eighth round on Friday.

All that Ouma has to do now is beat Colombia’s Juan Carlos Candelo to secure a mandatory challenge to the IBF crown held by Ronald “Winky” Wright.

Interestingly, Ouma’s tale is nothing like that of his fellow countrymen Justin Juuko and Joseph Kiwanuka.

The two were world title material at their prime only to be denied the opportunity by the murky politics of professional boxing.

Ouma is surrounded by credible people who are determined to make his world title dream a reality. Official ESPN 2 matchmaker Russel Peltz leads the team.

Lou Duva, who has handled big names like Evander Holyfield, Buster Douglas, Mark Breland and Pernell Whitaker is Ouma’s trainer. He is assisted by former WBA light middleweight champion Johnny Bumphus.

In addition to a good team, Ouma has won the hearts of the American boxing fraternity.

And on top of all that, “the boy is good,” as Ring Magazine’s columnist Joe Santoloquito put it.

He might not have John “The Beast” Mugabi’s punching power, but he is one of the best combination punchers. No wonder Duva is challenging Oscar De La Hoya to take on his boy.

But what is disappointing in Ouma’s story is that the biggest opponent to his progress, remains himself.

He is indisciplined outside the ring, a trait that last year had him stripped of a win because of testing positive for marijuana use.

Ouma was thereafter a victim of a suspicious drive-by shooting incident. He survived to fight another day.

It is this enemy within that Ouma must hastily punch out if his dream of a world title is to crystallise.

jbakama@newvision.co.ug

The enemy within Ouma

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