His recent bouts may not have been that eye-catching but Uganda People Defence Forces (UPDF) kickboxer corporal John ‘AK 47’ Tumukunde will Thursday night defy doubters when he faces Romanian Richard Nemeth for the vacant World Kickboxing Lightweight title at Hotel Africana.
“This is my chance to lay acclaim on a World title. All I can say is am ready and set,” the 2007 Uspa Kickboxer of the Year told Red Pepper Online edition Wednesday night.
The solider was initially supposed to fight South African Nkosinath ‘Tiger’ Ximba on July 26 but the fighter opted out at the last minute thus forcing his promoter Col Felix Kulayige and the Uganda Kickboxing Federation (UKBF) to reschedule the fight with the slim Romanian teenager as replacement.
Tumukunde weighed 58 kilogrammes, one heavier than his opponent Nemeth (57) but Nemeth boasts more experience having fought 14 times, winning 10, losing three and sharing spoils in one of the bouts with the Ugandan standing at a record of 3 knockout wins and 1 loss from four career fights.
“I (Nemeth) have been here in Kampala for a few days training so everyone should expect a great fight,” the Romanian said after the official weigh-in at Mt. Zion Hotel in Kampala Wednesday.
The night will have eight udercard fights and one ladies fight involving Naguru’s Patricia Apolot (64.5kgs) against UPDF’s Diana Twine (64.5kgs).