Ugandan Lubega ‘feels cheated’ After Ryno KO

Ryno Liebenberg  celebrates knocking out Uganda's Joseph ‘Joey Vegas’ Lubega at Emperor's palace
Ryno Liebenberg celebrates knocking out Uganda’s Joseph ‘Joey Vegas’ Lubega at Emperor’s palace

Professional boxer Joseph ‘Joey Vegas’ Lubega was left lamenting at a quick decision that didn’t go his way losing his he World Boxing Council International (WBCI) belt to South African Ryno Liebenberg at Emperors Palace, Kempton Parkin in Johannesburg Sunday morning.

Lubega was knocked out less than two minutes into the first round at the tournament dubbed the “African Explosion” that was telecast live on Supersport 7.

In a strongly worded statement to this newspaper, Lubega notes that the decision made was comical and left him feeling cheated and equated the loss to robbery.

“I feel cheated for the fight was very fair. The umpire decided to show his true unprofessionalism when he instantly signaled for a technical knockout yet I had just slipped. It was comical to say the least, to lose is part of the game but to lose unfairly is next to robbery, he said.

Lubega (L) pounds Kenyan Mustafa Noor in a tune-up fight in February. PHOTO BY I. Kezaala
Lubega (L) pounds Kenyan Mustafa Noor in a tune-up fight in February. PHOTO BY I. Kezaala

The 32-year-old, now has a 24-6 6KOs record, and knew this was to be his career defining fight against Liebenberg now (15-11).

The 2002 Commonwealth Games silver medalist, who was asked by WBC to relinquish the belt, retained the same title last year in August after knocking out Egyptian Hany ‘Hurricane’ Atiyo in the fourth-round in Kampala.

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