World Boxing Council together with the African Boxing Union on Friday bailed out Ugandan professional boxers that have ever participated in their contests with a Covid-19 relief package.
WBC provided a financial support worth USD 3390 to six Uganda Professional boxers.
The direct beneficiaries were Badru Lusambya, Joy Vegas Lubega, Michael Kizza, Davis Lusimbo, Joseph Kiwanuka and Francis ‘Mancho’ Kiwanuka.
Each boxer bagged Shs. 2.7m, a package which was handed over by the commission’s treasurer Maureen Mulangira during the press conference held at the Uganda Professional Boxing Commission (UPBC) headquarters in Kampala.
Mulangira told the media that they had earlier issued out Covid19 relief funds to all registered boxers but couldn’t do the same this time round because the new funds came with stringent rules attached.
“I thank the president of WBC Mauricio Sulaimán and that of ABU Houcine Houichi for the granting our boxers the WBC COVID-19 Relief Fund. Each of the six boxers will received Shs 2,000,000 cash and it is primarily meant for family use,” Mulangira noted.
She added, “We had earlier issued out Covid19 relief funds to all registered boxers but couldn’t do the same this time round because the new funds came with stringent rules attached.”
Salim Uhuru, the Uganda Professional Boxing Commission (UPBC) President was upbeat about the financial support from the ruling Boxing Bodies and believes will help the boxers in these challenging times.
“As Uganda Professional Boxing Commission (UPBC), we are humbled for this support that our boxers will utilize at a time the COVID-19 pandemic struck the world. With no sport because of the pandemic, our boxers had no fights yet they remained in personal training sessions. This money therefore will help them feed themselves and their families and we await on the next step forward,” Uhuru stated.
Joy Vegas Lubega is the 2012 ABU Light Welter Weight champion.
Badru Lusambya triumphed in the 2004, 2009 ABU Super welter weight champion.
Francis “Macho” Kiwanuka is the 1999 ABU super feather weight champion while Davis Lusimbo possesses the 2002 ABU Super Light weight title.
Both Joseph Kiwanuka and Michael Kizza featured in the 2002 ABU super feather weight.