Ugandan boxer Kayongo eyes AIBA title

09:14, November 13, 2009      

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Ugandan boxer Mohammed "The African Assassin" Kayongo will be seeking to win the vacant IBA America's continental welterweight belt against James "Sandman" Todd on November 20, local media reported on Thursday.

It will be the first major title that the Ugandan prize fighter will be challenging for since turning professional six years ago. The fight will be staged at the National Guard Armory, Saint Paul, Minnesota, US.

"Kayongo is extremely excited about returning to the ring after suffering nagging injuries," the Ugandan prize fighter's manager Scott Tolzmann was quoted by the New Vision daily as saying.

"He is working hard in the gym as a win will be massive on his career," said Tolzmann, noting that Kayongo has been training for the last two months for the fight at his base in Saint Paul in Minnesota.

Kayongo goes into the fight with a record of 14 wins, two loses and 10 knockouts. He has won three times in his last five fights against Jerome Elder, Eberto Medina and Alex Perez.

The November 20 bout, which comes two weeks after Ugandan pugilist Jackson "Action" Asiku claimed the IBO vacant title, will be shown live on the BBC broadcasting network since Todd, a Welsh, comes from Britain.

Meanwhile, former national pugilist Philip Adyak returns to the ring in a four round non-title bantamweight contest against Felix Martinez also in Minnesota, in the US.

It's the first fight for the Ugandan since last October because of his managerial problems on his career. Adyak is part of the Ugandan team that vanished at the World Boxing Championships in Chicago, US in 2007.

Source: Xinhua
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