Bombers fail to impress at international scene

By Derrick Wadria

The trio lost on day one of the championships.

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PIC: Uganda's boxer (in red) against another player during the Youth Boxing World Championships recently. (Courtesy photo)

Youth Boxing World Championships


Maksud Khasmetov (Azerbaijan) bt John Odoch (Ug) 5-0

Sarawul Sukthet (Thailand) bt Reagan Musoke (Ug) 5-0

Noa Jesek (Croatia) bt Muhammad Mazida (Ug) 4-1

KAMPALA - The Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) will have to put more effort in schools boxing championships if they are to surpass experienced pugilists at the youth international stage.

This follows the youngsters' poor display at the ongoing Youth Boxing World Championships in Budapest, Hungary that started on Tuesday.

Uganda’s John Odoch (light weight), Reagan Musoke (fly weight) and Muhammad Mazida (welter weight) are the three junior bombers that were representing Uganda for the first time in the championship.

The trio lost on day one of the championships.

Odoch lost to Azerbaijan’s Maksud Khasmetov, Musoke and Mazida all lost by unanimous decision to, Sarawul Sukthet and Noa Jesek respectively.

Musoke and Mazida had qualified for the world tourney after winning silver and bronze medals respectively at the Africa Men and Women Youth Boxing Championships that took place in April in Morocco.

Odoch was later cleared by AIBA to join the duo for the world tourney making a third quota for Team Uganda following his impressive display in Morocco.