David Kavuma Ssemujju’s hope of bringing a medal for Uganda was ended on matchday one on Thursday after losing to England’s Luke Cormack in a fight held at Oxenford studios in Gold coast.
The young English fighter won all the three rounds (each round played for three minutes) – The five judges’ scorecards all agreed that McCormack edged out the Ugandan 10-9 in all those three rounds, a total score of 30 to 27 points.
Coming into the fight, Ssemujju was a clear underdog as his opponent had much experience, McCormack had reached the last 16 in Hamburg (2014 commonwealth games).
Also, it’s believed that Ssemuju was greatly affected by losing over 10 kilos which was done in order to fit in his new weight category – He changed from middleweight pool to light welterweight.
Ssemujju showed that he was on intimidated with the size of the occassion, he swang punches and attacked McCormack from the set.
However, the experienced English fighter remained calm before coming out of his shell to stage a thrilling contest.
Speaking in praise of the Ugandan, as quoted by NorthenEcho website, McCormack who is a twin brother to Pat McCormack, noted:
“He had a different fighting style coming from Africa, you don’t really box the Africans that much so it was a little bit different but I got through with flying colours and I’m onto the next one.”
Uganda’s hopes in this commonwealth games in the boxing federation now rests on the shoulders of the remaining four contestants; Bwogi Musa, Kiiza Joshua, Nasir Bashir and Simbwa Reagan.